Nürnberger Symphoniker, Germany, 2017

Tour Dates: 28th November - 10th December, 2017

Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, it is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and steeped in tradition.

Tour Dates
  • 28th November - 10th December, 2017

Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, it is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and steeped in tradition. Over its long history many distinguished conductors and internationally celebrated instrumentalists have left their mark on this onetime court orchestra. Previous directors include Heinrich Schütz, Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner, who called the ensemble his miraculous harp.

The list of prominent conductors of the last 100 years includes Ernst von Schuch, Fritz Reiner, Fritz Busch, Karl Böhm, Joseph Keilberth, Rudolf Kempe, Otmar Suitner, Kurt Sanderling, Herbert Blomstedt and Giuseppe Sinopoli. The orchestra was directed by Bernard Haitink from 2002-2004 and most recently by Fabio Luisi from 2007-2010. Principal Conductor since the 2012/2013 season has been Christian Thielemann. The first and only Conductor Laureate in the history of the Staatskapelle, from 1990 until his Artistic quality and stylistic flexibility– these features represent the trademark of the Nuremberg Symphony. Since its foundation in 1946 the orchestra has been active in all kinds of musical fields: opera, operetta, oratorio, film and in particular the symphonic concert. No matter which genre - it makes music an adventure.

Acting as the concert orchestra of the European metropolitan area of Nuremberg, the Nuremberg Symphony brings the joy of classical music to an audience of almost 200,000 people every year performing some 100 concerts every season. While focusing on the classical and romantic repertoire in its symphonic concerts at the Nuremberg Meistersinger Hall, it is devoted to exciting projects across different genres like pop, jazz, film and literature in its series at the Music Hall. In Advent the city-hall concerts brimming with Christ-massy atmosphere and focusing on festive baroque music are a must for the visitors of the famous Nuremberg Christmas market. And the entire world of music is covered in its programmes when performing at the Serenade Court during the summer season or at Europe’s biggest Classic Open Air in the Luitpoldhain, a large park.

A further centrepiece of its work is formed by the ageappropriate and interactive children’s and teenager’s concerts with which it committedly participates in supporting the new blood of concert goers. Thus in our concerts given in cooperation with partners such as MUBIKIN (acronym for musical education for children and youngsters in Nuremberg) the peewees sit next to the pros, whilst in the projects together with Klasse.Im.Puls youngsters with particular need of educational support may perform on stage first time.

In 2012 the orchestra was awarded the Paula-Maurer-Prize for a special children’s project. Aside from that new performance formats such as concerts for persons suffering from dementia or genre-boosting productions with pop and jazz music are in focus. The year 1993 represented a highlight in the orchestra’s history: the Nuremberg Symphony won one of the coveted Grammy Awards in Los Angeles for its sensational recording of the main title music for the TV series Beauty and the Beast - the peak of a “Hollywood connection” reaching far back into the 1950’s, when the orchestra recorded the film scores for Ben Hur and Quo Vadis.

For a long time the Nuremberg Symphony has performed well on the international stage. World class artists such as Cecilia Bartoli, Cheryl Studer, Edita Gruberova and José Carreras made music with it and splendid names like Albrecht Mayer, Martin Stadtfeld, Cameron Carpenter, Daniel Hope, Mischa Maisky, Martin Grubinger or Sabine Meyer fascinated repeatedly the Nuremberg audience. Since 2009 the young British “shooting star” Alexander Shelley has been appointed Chief Conductor: a brilliant, charismatic conductor sought after in the whole world. During his era the orchestra completed a number of international guest performances in Vienna, Prague, Milan, Japan and in China. Inspired and self-confident, the Nuremberg Symphony carries out its interpretations “made in Nuremberg” into the whole world.

Violinist: Mengla Huang

As one of the most active violinists in the world stage, Huang came to international attention after taking first prize at the prestigious Premio Paganini International Violin Competition in 2002. He has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras including the Dresden Staatskapelle, Bamberg, Danish National,NHK Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic,Shanghai, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, Hong Kong Philharmonics, among many others. Conductors with whom he has collaborated include names such as Neeme Järvi, Jonathan Nott, Long Yu, Mario Venzago, Henrik Schaefer, Muhai Tang, Jia Lü etc.

In April 2007, Huang gave his New York debut at Lincoln Center and his Boston debut at the Jordan Hall. He capped the year with an invitation to perform at the grand opening gala of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. At the beginning of 2011, he initiated cooperation with the renowned Dresden Staatskapelle and toured together in China and Germany. The year followed by a series concerts in Japan and Italy. In second half of 2014, he toured in Japan and Italy. His latest recording project was the 24 caprices by Paganini, which was released in 2011. He is the first Chinese violinest who records for DG exclusively.

Conductor: Kahchun Wong

An innovative and passionate force both on and off the conductor’s podium, Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong was awarded 1st Prize at the 5th Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in May 2016,making a strong impression with his natural musical instinct and maturity for both canonic and modern repertoire.

Wong has been also selected by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as a Dudamel Fellow for their 2016/2017 Season. As of the 2018/2019 Season he will become Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony, Germany. Other highlights of the 2016/2017 season include conducting debuts with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Kunming Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg,Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Weimar and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra etc.

Born in 1986, Wong majored in composition with Ho Chee Kong at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (National University of Singapore), and continued his studies in opera and orchestral conducting with Christian Ehwald and Hans-Dieter Baum at the Hanns-Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin, Germany.

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