Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra

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Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra
Chamber orchestra
Native name Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim
Founded 1950 (1950)
Location Pforzheim

Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra, full German name: Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, full English name South West German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim, is an internationally known German chamber orchestra based in Pforzheim.


The orchestra was founded in 1950 by Friedrich Tilegant, a student of Paul Hindemith. The orchestra was directed by Paul Angerer from 1971 to 1981, by Vladislav Czarnecki since 1986, and by Sebastian Tewinkel since 2002.[1]

In 1970 the orchestra conducted a composition competition for their 20th anniversary, the first prize was awarded to Ulrich Stranz.[2]

Repertoire and recordings[edit]

The orchestra recorded several work of Johann Sebastian Bach with the Heinrich-Schütz-Chor Heilbronn and conductor Fritz Werner, including several cantatas, the Mass in B minor (1957), the St Matthew Passion (1958), the St John Passion (1960), the Christmas Oratorio (1963), and the Easter Oratorio (1964).[3][4]

The orchestra has been instrumental in premieres of Boris Blacher, Jean Françaix, Harald Genzmer and Enjott Schneider.[1]

The orchestra recorded cello concertos of Luigi Boccherini with Julius Berger, a teacher at the University of Mainz. A review stated: "Berger is ably assisted in this concerto with sensitive and polished accompaniments from the South-West German Chamber Orchestra using modern instruments under Maestro Vladislav Czarnecki."[5]


  1. ^ a b Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra on bach cantatas (2001)
  2. ^ Ulrich Stranz on the Bärenreiter website
  3. ^ Fritz Werner & Heinrich Schütz Choir of Heilbronn & Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra on bach-cantatas
  4. ^ Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750) The Cantatas - Volume 2 review by John Quinn on, 2005
  5. ^ Classical Cello Concertos review of Michael Cookson, 2004

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