Beethoven Orchester Bonn

Beethoven Orchester Bonn © Thilo Beu

The municipal orchestra of Bonn was founded in 1907, in 2003 it was given its name Beethoven Orchester Bonn. The orchestra of the city of Bonn has worked with many important composers and guest conductors. In the year it was founded, Richard Strauss conducted his own works for the first time. Max Reger, Siegfried Wagner and Max Bruch have also conducted the orchestra, as have Paul Hindemith, Hans Pfitzner, Erich Kleiber, Karl Böhm, Rudolf Kempe, Sergiu Celibidache and Günter Wand. Following Dennis Russell Davies, Marc Soustrot and Roman Kofman, Stefan Blunier, as the Chief Musical Director of the City of Bonn, took on the post of Principal Conductor in the 2008/2009 season, being the Chief Musical Director of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn and the Music Theatre. in 2011 Blunier's contract was renewed until the end of season 2015/2016.

Next to opera- and concert-performances (about 40 concerts and 120 opera performances each season) the Bobbys Klassik programme was established. This was awarded the ECHO Klassik music award in 2009 and 2011. Also the CD-releases by Beethoven Orchester Bonn got prizes: Three CDs with Stefan Blunier were awarded the ECHO Klassik music award, the recording of the opera "Irrelohe" by Franz Schreker got the "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik".

The opening concert of each season of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn takes place during the Beethovenfest Bonn. The Beethoven Orchester Bonn also takes on the orchestral role in cooperations and co-productions of the Beethovenfest Bonn with the Theater Bonn.