Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra

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Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra

The Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra (German: Nürnberger Symphoniker) is a German orchestra based in Nuremberg. Its principal concert venue is the Meistersingerhalle. The orchestra's current Intendant (Managing and Artistic Director) is Lucius A. Hemmer, since September 2003. Its chief conductor for the 2018/2019 season is Kahchun Wong,[1] who gave his introduction at the Klassik Open Air 2018 in Nuremberg.[2]

The orchestra began in 1946 as the Franconia State Orchestra (Fränkisches Landesorchester), with Erich Kloss as its first chief conductor. In the early 1950s, the orchestra accrued international acclaim for their recordings of the sound tracks to Quo Vadis and Ben Hur by Miklós Rózsa.

The orchestra took its current name in 1963 for the dedication of the newly built Meistersingerhalle.[3] In 1993, they won a Grammy Award in the category Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the soundtrack of Beauty and the Beast.[4]

Since 2008, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra has a new rehearsal and concert hall with a seating capacity of 515, the Neuer Musiksaal. During the summer, it also presents an open-air concert series in the Serenadenhof, the southern courtyard of the Congress Hall.

Alexander Shelley was the Principal Conductor of the orchestra over the 2009-2017 seasons. In January 2017, the orchestra announced the appointment of Kahchun Wong as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2018-2019 season.[5]

After serving as festival orchestra of the Heidenheim Opera Festival for 25 years, the Nuremberg Symphony took over the same position at Frankonian Summer Festival in 2013. The orchestra has recorded both for the Bavarian radio (Bayerischer Rundfunk) and for commercial CD labels. Every summer, the orchestra participates in Europe's largest open air classical music event, Klassik Open Air.[6]

Chief conductors[edit]

  • Erich Kloss (1949–1968)
  • Othmar Mága (1968–1970)
  • Günter Neidlinger (1971–1974)
  • Werner Andreas Albert (1974–1980)
  • Klauspeter Seibel (1980–1988)
  • Georg Schmöhe (1989–1992)
  • Thomas Gabrisch (1994–1997)
  • Jac van Steen (1997–2002)
  • Bernhard Gueller (2005–2009)
  • Alexander Shelley (2009-2017)
  • Kahchun Wong (2018 on)


  1. ^ Rundfunk, Susanne Alt & Hannah Schultheiß, Bayerischer (2018-03-16). "Nürnberger Symphoniker: Der neue Chefdirigent Kahchun Wong – locker und humorvoll |" (in German). Retrieved 2018-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Termine 2018". Retrieved 2018-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Meistersingerhalle on the official Nuremberg website". Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ "1993 Grammy Awards (see Best Pop Instrumental Performance)". Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kahchun Wong wird neuer Chefdirigent" (PDF) (Press release). Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. 2017-01-20. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  6. ^ "Klassik Open Air on BR-online (German language)". 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 

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