|Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Matthias Foremny, Germany, 2014|
Tour Dates: 21 October - 3 November, 2014
Founded by Karl Münchinger in 1945, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra has held a prominent position...
Founded by Karl Münchinger in 1945, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra has held a prominent position in the international orchestral world for some seven decades. Dennis Russell Davies, who was principal conductor from 1995 to 2006, redefined the orchestra’s artistic priorities to enhance the orchestra’s versatility. After Michael Hofstetter, the internationally renowned specialist for authentic performing practice, the young conductor Matthias Foremny took over the chief conductorship of the orchestra from beginning of the 2013/14 season.
Innumerable concert performances around the globe and participation in the top international music festivals have been the hallmark of the high quality and the outstanding reputation of the ensemble. Kolja Blacher, Leon Fleisher, Daniel Hope, Paul Meyer Renaud Capuçon and Steven Isserlis have all directed concerts with the orchestra. In recent years the orchestra has played with, among others, Julia Fischer,Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Fazil Say, Daniel Müller‐Schott, Lars Vogt, Ian Bostridge, François Leleux, Xavier de Maistre, Emmanuel Pahud, Martin Fröst and Gautier Capuçon. In past seasons guest conductors have included Christoph Poppen, Pablo Gonzalez, Ariel Zuckermann, Wolfram Christ and Günter Pichler.
The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra fulfills its function as regional ambassador with regular worldwide concert tours. After concerts in South Korea, Russia, Spain, Nepal, China and Japan in the last years, the orchestra has also made recent appearances in France, Spain, India and South America. Great importance is given by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra to its engagement with local educational institutions. Besides frequent collaboration with the Stuttgart Hochschule für Musik, the orchestra is involved in educational projects with primary school children and young people with impaired vision.
For its exceptional achievements, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra was awarded the 2008 European Chamber Music Prize by the European Cultural Foundation.
The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra is supported by the State Baden‐Württemberg, the City of Stuttgart andthe company Robert Bosch GmbH.
Conductor: Matthias Foremny
Born in Munster, Matthias Foremny studied conducting at the Colleges of Music in Detmold and Vienna. In 1995 he was awarded with the first prize at the international competition ‘Prague Spring’. This success was followed by a sensational debut with the ‘Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin’. His career in the opera house as well as on the concert platform started at the “Komische Oper” Berlin for whom he has conducted Ligeti‘s ‘Le grand Macabre’. The production attracted worldwide attention and was awarded with the important German award ‘Bayerischer Theaterpreis’.
In 2002 he became first prizewinner of the renowned German Conducting Competition of the ‘Deutscher Musikrat’. From 2003 to 2012 he was General Music Director and Opera Director at the Statetheatre of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania in Schwerin.
His engagements include strong relationships to the “Deutsche Oper” in Berlin, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Helsinki. Recently he has worked with the Semper Opera Dresden, the MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, with whom he made his first recording for the label “Capriccio”. His recording of A. Ponchiellis brass concertos received an Echo classic award in 2012.
2012 Foremny celebrated his very successful debuts at the NDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, the Gewandhausorchestra in Leipzig and at the Hamburg State opera. He was reengaged in each case.
Upcoming engagements include debuts with the Warschau Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber and the Orchestra and NDR-Radio-Philharmonie Hannover. His operatic work in the the season 2012/2013 included a new production of Rigoletto, Macbeth, Schlaues Füchslein, Eugen Onegin, La Boheme and Rienzi (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig) as well as a return to the “Deutsche Oper” Berlin and the State opera Hamburg with Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ and Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’.
Since the beginning of the current season 2013/14 Matthias Foremny is chief conductor of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.