The Philharmonie Salzburg orchestra was founded in 1998 by conductor Elisabeth Fuchs and has played in the hearts of its listeners since the very beginning. That music moves people is clear to the orchestra, and they succeed in this with an unusually innovative programme and the infectious joy of the musicians as they perform.
The Salzburg Orchestra is diverse: the Philharmonie Salzburg plays with top soloists such as Juan Diego Florez, Rolando Villazon, Olga Scheps, Nikolai Tokarev, Ferhan & Ferzan Önder, Pacho Flores, Andreas Martin Hofmeir and Benjamin Schmid, but it also grooves into the jazz and world music genres with the ECHO prize winning Quadro Nuevo, Per Arne Glorvigen, Henry Threadgill, Reena Winters, Maria Bill and the Klazz Brothers and plays literary concert nights alongside big names in theatre, such as Iris Berben, Cornelius Obonya and Philipp Hochmair.
The Philharmonie Salzburg orchestra plays over 100 orchestral concerts yearly and is regularly hosted in Salzburg's concert halls - the Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, the Salzburg Felsenreitschule , the Great Hall of the Mozarteum and the Great Hall of the university - with a broad ranging repertoire (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Ravel all the way to Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Arvo Pärt, Kurt Schwertsik and John Adams). The orchestra has been hosted many times at the Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele), at the Musica Riva Festival, at the Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Brucknerhaus Linz, Congress Center Villach, Kurhaus Wiesbaden and at the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, as well as in the major cities of China.
In addition to classical and romantic concert evenings, the orchestra has made it its mission to place a strong emphasis on the area of orchestra development. For this reason the orchestra, in cooperation with the Kinderfestspiele, offers many children, young people and families an introduction to the world of classical music through interactive symphonic concerts and workshops.
The orchestra was also the initiator of the student concerts at the Großes Festspielhaus, which currently inspire 4000 young people each year and are also hosted in Linz, Graz and Künzelsau.
On top of that, the orchestra inspires with crossover projects such as
“Best of Hollywood“, “Broadway meets Hip Hop“, “The Next Level – Concert with DJs and acrobats”, “Game Music meets Poetry Slam” or “Soul meets Classic“.
The cheering in the concert hall is testament to the success of the concept!