The Sinfonieorchester Basel (Symphony Orchestra Basel; Swiss abbreviation SOB) is a symphony orchestra based in Basel, Switzerland. Its principal concert venue is the Musiksaal of the Stadtcasino. In addition, the orchestra accompanies ballet and opera productions in the Theater Basel.
The orchestra was founded in 1876, in the same year as the music hall Basel (Stadtcasino Basel) was constructed. During its history, the orchestra gave the world premieres of works by such composers as Béla Bartók, Arthur Honegger and Bohuslav Martinů.The orchestra holds its present name of 'Sinfonieorchester Basel' from 1997 when the two orchestras Basler Sinfonie-Orchester and Radio Sinfonieorchester merged into one ensemble. Another milestone in the history of the orchestra was set in 2012, when the Sinfonieorchester Basel and the organizer of many years AMG (in German Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft Basel) decided to go separate ways. Henceforward, the Sinfonieorchester Basel has been organizing its own subscription concerts.
From 2009 to 2016, the orchestra's chief conductor was Dennis Russell Davies. In June 2015, the orchestra announced the appointment of Ivor Bolton as its next chief conductor, as of the 2016-2017 season, with an initial contract of 4 years. Michał Nesterowicz became the orchestra's principal guest conductor as of the 2016-2017 season.
- Mario Venzago (1997-2003)
- Marko Letonja (2003-2006)
- Dennis Russell Davies (2009-2016)
- Ivor Bolton (2016-present)
- Tilman Seebass: 100 Jahre AMG - Die Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft Basel 1876-1976.
- Rudolf Häusler: AMG - Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft Basel 1976-2001: Eine Festschrift zum 125-Jahr-Jubiläum.
- Dr. Hans Ziegler: Geschichte der Basler Orchester-Gesellschaft 1922-1970. Verlag Krebs AG, Basel.
- Sigfried Schibli: Geschichte der Basler Orchester-Gesellschaft 1971-2003. Verlag Krebs AG, Basel 2009.
The recording 'A different Schumann Vol. 1-3' was awarded the Diapason d’Or in May 2004. The orchestra received the Diapason d'Or for the recording 'Felix Weingartner: Symphonic works I' in September 2005. The recording "Le Sacre du Printemps" received the Supersonic-Prize and was nominated for the ICMA Music Award 2015.
- Millistrade, Musikalisches Singspiel von Marius Felix Lange und Linard Bardill
- Of Madness and Love, Works by Hector Berlioz, inspired by William Shakespeare
- Franz Schubert: Symphonies No. 2 & 6
- Igor Strawinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps
- Philip Glass: Symphony No. 4 "Heroes" from the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno
- Philip Glass: Symphony No. 1, "Low"
- Arthur Honegger: Symphonies No. 2 & 4 "Deliciae Basiliensis"
- Franz Schubert: Symphonies No. 8, "Grosse C-Dur-Sinfonie"
- Arthur Honegger: Symphonies No. 3 & 1
- Franz Schubert: Symphonies No. 3 & 5
- Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen: Romantic Music for Christmas
- Anton Bruckner: Symphonies No. 4 & 7
- Felix Weingartner: Symphonic works I
- Felix Weingartner: Symphonic works II
- Felix Weingartner: Symphonic works III
- Felix Weingartner: Symphonic works IV
- Felix Weingartner: Symphonic works V
- Felix Weingartner: Symphonic works VI
- Felix Weingartner: Symphonic works VII
- Robert Schumann: A Different Schumann Vol. 1
- Robert Schumann: A Different Schumann Vol. 2
- Robert Schumann: A Different Schumann Vol. 3
- Maurice Ravel: Works for Orchestra
- Bohuslav Martinů: Concerts for Piano
- Luigi Nono: Various Works
- Iannis Xenakis: Kraanerg, ballett-music for orchestra and magnetic
- Klaus Huber: Schwarzerde
- Wladimir Vogel: Various works
- Frédéric Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra
- Thomas Kessler: Various works
- Othmar Schoeck: Penthesilea
- Peter Hagmann (2002-05-31). "In Schräglage". Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved 2015-07-04.
- "Ivor Bolton wird Chefdirigent des Basler Sinfonieorchesters". Der Standard. 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015-07-04.