(The Philharmonic Orchestra of „Staatstheater Mainz“)
The Philharmonic Orchestra of the State Theatre of Mainz leads cultural life in the town of Mainz for over 125 years. Its history begins in 1876, when the mayor Franz Schott founded a town orchestra, that could soon boast of a long list of well known visiting conductors: Richard Strauss, Hans Pfitzner, Hans Rosbaud, Gustav Mahler, Karl Schuricht, Erich Kleiber, Hans Knappertsbusch and Eugen Jochum. Since the 1980‘s the Philharmonic Orchestra of the State Theatre of Mainz, under the Musical Directorship of Mladen Basic, Peter Erckens, Stefan Sanderling, and since the summer of 2001 Catherine Rückwardt, the first female music director in Mainz, has become one of the most important orchestras in the Rhine-Main region.
In addition to participation in Opera and ballet performances at the State Theatre – including also world premieres – the Orchestra presents itself also in various concert series, covering not only the repertoire from Baroque to the present day, but makes its mark through unusual and interesting Programme planning, that is also
open to experiments, and moreover makes a large contribution to children and youth work. In this area, the orchestra works regularly with respected visiting conductors and soloists.