Berliner Symphoniker (Berlin Symphony Orchestra) is a Symphony orchestra in Berlin, Germany. The orchestra began its performing activity on 1 September 1967 as Symphonisches Orchester Berlin. In 1990 it was renamed Berliner Symphoniker. Its chief conductor since 1997 has been Lior Shambadal.
The orchestra must not be mixed up with the earlier Berliner Symphoniker of East Berlin, that was founded in 1950 and discontinued in the 1980's or the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester from East-Berlin as well, which has been renamed Konzerthausorchester Berlin in 2006.
From 1967 to 1990 the orchestra was named Symphonisches Orchester Berlin (SOB). The orchestra originates from the merger of two independent orchestras, the Berliner Symphonisches Orchester (founded in 1949) and the Deutsches Symphonieorchester.
The Symphonisches Orchester Berlin used to perform some 60 concerts per year in- and outside Berlin. Its first chief conductor was Carl August Bünte until 1973. His successors included Theodore Bloomfield, Daniel Nazareth and Alun Francis.
Notable concert tours
- 1996: Brasil
- 1998 – 2000: USA, Egypt, United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Italy
- 2001: Italy, United Kingdom, South America
- 2002: Japan
- 2004: Japan, Hungary, Czech Republik, Frankfurt am Main
- 2005: South Korea, China, Switzerland, Italy, Greece
- 2006: Spain, Switzerland
- 2007: Argentina (Buenos Aires; International Festival Ushuaia), Italy, Japan, China
- 2008: Festival de Mallorca, Japan, China
The Berliner Symphoniker have released various recordings and CDs under their respective chief conductors.
- Official website of the Berliner Symphoniker
- Sound carrier of Berliner Symphoniker in the German National Library catalogue