Artists biographies
Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal

Founded as the Elberfelder Kapelle in 1862, the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012. Soloists and conductors such as Clara Schumann, Joseph Joachim, Johannes Brahms and Max Bruch honoured the young orchestra even in its early years. Many conductors started their musical careers in Wuppertal, including Hans Knappertsbusch, Erich Kleiber, Otto Klemperer, Hermann von Schmeidel and Hans Weisbach, who developed his international reputation as a Bruckner specialist in particular.

Between 2004 and 2016 the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, now long since a category ‘A’ orchestra, was conducted by musical director Toshiyuki Kamioka. In August 2016 Julia Jones from Britain became the musical director, whereupon which she too started conducting the orchestra.

In addition to its work as an operatic orchestra, the orchestra performs more than 50 concerts in its home venue, the Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal, every season. This gem of Art Nouveau architecture – inaugurated in around 1900 with Richard Strauss conducting – is one of Europe’s most beautiful concert halls and possesses extraordinary acoustics. The orchestra has for a long time demonstrated its outstanding versatility here, presenting a large range of different concert formats and programmes. Since January 2013 the musicians have been part of the Wuppertaler Bühnen und Sinfonieorchester GmbH.

The ensemble from Wuppertal regularly performs in Germany and other countries. In addition to annual guest performances in Milan, the orchestra celebrated successes in sold-out venues in Japan’s biggest cities in 2007 and 2010. In August 2011 the Wuppertal musicians made their debut in the sold-out Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, conducted by Toshiyuki Kamioka.

The Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra’s discography is extensive. They also demonstrate their musical versatility with their film-music recordings. In 2011 for example they recorded the score for the film Tom Sawyer, based on the novel by Mark Twain, which was composed by Andreas Schäfer.

For almost fifteen years now the committed musicians have focused increasingly on the young generation of concertgoers in order to engage them in classical music.

Foto: Dirk Sengotta Foto: Dirk Sengotta

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017