The Stuttgart Symphonic Orchestra was founded to lead the city's great cultural and musical tradition into a new direction. Stuttgart's best orchestral musicians, assembled from Stuttgart most famous orchestras, form one new orchestra. This focus on high quality allows for new standards in a wide range of musical genres to be set.
The Stuttgart Symphonic Orchestra have made it their mission to let the music reach out to their listeners personally. This chosen direction naturally requires leading on to a new path beyond the stiff program- and rehearsal structures of a static theatre business. The Stuttgart Symphonic Orchestra brings on a new interpretation of orchestral tradition without betraying it.
This type of selective orchestra can be compared to a national sports team, where only the best players from each regional team get to compete on an international level. The Stuttgart Symphonic Orchestra meets these criteria through their selection of outstanding conductors and soloists.
In April/May 2012 the orchestra's premiere tour earned 23 minutes of standing ovations for their opening concert at Musikverein in Vienna. The tour's soloist was Australian pianist David Helfgott, whose life story was featured in the Academy Award winning motion picture “Shine”.
Further concerts with exceptional conductor Matthias Foremny were performed and celebrated at Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Konzerthaus Dortmund and Stuttgarter Liederhalle. The Stuttgart Symphonic Orchestra adapt to musical progress and account for being a modern body of sound by also including genres such as film score, popular entertainment music and crossover.
The orchestra's director and founder, Walter Schirnik, is a successful participant in the music business and, next to composing, producing and performing, also works with orchestras for concerts and film productions. “For the legendary concert of Die Fantastischen Vier at Cannstatter Wasen I had to hire an orchestra from Russia – especially for this hommage to their and our home I would have liked to rely on a symphonic orchestra from Stuttgart.” Since the founding of the Stuttgart Symphonic Orchestra, Stuttgart's cultural sky has been enlightened by a new star. A new “Sound of Stuttgart” is created by merging the long established traditions of various prestigious orchestras, such as Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Stuttgart, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and many more with new sound philosophies. One brief look at the Stuttgart State Opera's history reveals the city's high emphasis on music - its founding dates back to the 17th century. World famous conductors are guests there each season and almost every defining musical movement has been a part of the orchestra's history.
Every one of Stuttgart's orchestras has its own unique history and voice. The Stuttgart Symphonic Orchestra will continue this tradition and conduct it into a modern direction. Art and culture are there for people to experience. That's where the Stuttgart Symphonic Orchestra stands – on the highest possible level, but eye to eye with the listener.
The Stuttgart Symphonic Orchestra. An orchestra of the future.
Manuel Dengler is considered to be one of the most promising representatives of the generation of young German conductors. He has won several national and state prizes as a conductor as well as a chamber musician. In 2006, he performed Mozart’s “Sinfonia concertante” with the Municipal Orchestra Bad Saulgau. In 2010, Manuel Dengler assisted Wilhelm Keitel with the European Festival Orchestra during a project featuring the pianist David Helfgott. He was Keitel’s assistant at several opera and operetta productions in the same year. In 2013, he performed at the internationally renowned “Donaueschinger Musiktage”.
Manuel Dengler conducted several concerts in Southern Germany with the European Festival Orchestra in 2010. All concerts were sold out. Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concert and Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concert with the pianist Alexander Reitenbach were one of the main highlights. In 2011, Manuel Dengler was art director of a stage production featuring “The Soldier’s Tale” by Strawinsky, which drew the attention of the audience and press. In the same year, he was co-founder of the “Stuttgarter Symphoniker” and ever since has held the position of orchestra director.
His busy concert activity as guest conductor leads Manuel Dengler to work with different orchestras, such as the Belarusian National Orchestra Minsk, the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim, the European Festival Orchestra, the choir and orchestra of Ehingen, the “Stuttgarter Symphoniker” and many more.
Christoph Eschenbach, Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra Washington DC, has described the rising German violinist, Oscar Bohórquez, as “one of the most promising young violinists. His splendid technique, his musical profoundness and his charisma are very special.”
The 20th september 2009 marked Oscar Bohórquez’s debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Oscar Bohórquez studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Professor Aaron Rosand from 1998 to 2002, and at the University of Music in Vienna with Professor Günter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartett from 2002 to 2008.
Solo and chamber music activities have also taken him throughout Europe, the US, and Southamerica. This season Oscar Bohórquez performed at the New York “Strad for lunch” concert series. Upcoming concerts include reinvitations to the Gran Teatro Nacional del Perú in Lima, and the Teatro Regional del Maule in Chile in May 2013. Alongside his brother, the cellist Claudio Bohórquez, Oscar has formed the Bohórquez Duo, who recorded together the ‘Seduced’ Album of works by Paganini, Gallo and Piazzolla. Oscar’s solo album of music by Piazzolla, Hummel, and Ysaye was released at amazon.com.
Oscar Bohórquez plays the Giovanni Battista Guadagnini “Grande Dame” violin from 1770, which was previously owned by Günter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet. He currently resides in Paris.