Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
The precursor ensemble to the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1806, and had the name Allgemeinen Musikgesellschaft Luzern ('General Music Society of Lucerne'). The orchestra has commissioned new compositions from such composers as David Philip Hefti (Klangbogen) and Wolfgang Rihm (Nähe Fern).
Since 2011, the orchestra's chief conductor is James Gaffigan. In June 2015, his contract was extended through the 2021-2022 season. Gaffigan has recorded commercially with the orchestra for harmonia mundi.
- Willem Mengelberg (1892–1895)
- Max Sturzenegger (1939–1960)
- Ulrich Meyer-Schoellkopf (1972–1990)
- Marcello Viotti (1987–1992)
- Olaf Henzold (1992–1997)
- Jonathan Nott (1997–2002)
- Christian Arming (2002–2004)
- John Axelrod (2004-2009)
- James Gaffigan (2011-present)
- The orchestra refers to itself in German-language media as the 'LSO'. This is not to be confused with the London Symphony Orchestra, which uses the abbreviation 'LSO' in English. The orchestra is also a separate organisation from the ad hoc annual Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
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- "LSO verlängert den Vertrag mit Chefdirigenten". Neue Luzerner Zeitung. 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
- Fiona Maddocks (2014-10-04). "Dvorák: Symphony No 6, American Suite Op 96b CD review – warm, subtle, pin-sharp". The Observer. Retrieved 2015-06-20.