Philharmoniker Hamburg

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Hamburg Philharmonic
The Philharmoniker Hamburg
The Philharmoniker Hamburg performing in the Laeiszhalle (2007)
Native namePhilharmoniker Hamburg
Former namePhilharmonische Gesellschaft
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester
Founded9 November 1828 (1828-11-09)
LocationGroße Theaterstraße 25
20354 Hamburg, Germany
Concert hallLaeiszhalle
Principal conductorKent Nagano
(since 2015)

The Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg (Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra) is an internationally renowned symphony orchestra based in Hamburg. As of 2015, Kent Nagano has been General Music Director (Generalmusikdirektor) and chief conductor (Chefdirigent). The Philharmoniker Hamburg also serves as the orchestra of the Hamburg State Opera. The Hamburg Philharmonic is one of three major orchestras in Hamburg, the others being the Hamburger Symphoniker and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra.


The forerunner organization, die Philharmonische Gesellschaft (The Philharmonic Society), was founded one hundred and ninety years ago (November 9, 1828), and was led by Friedrich Wilhelm Grund.[1][2]

In 1934 it merged with the Stadttheater-Orchester to become the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg (the name under which it recorded a celebrated Eighth Symphony of Anton Bruckner under Eugen Jochum in 1949). The present name was adopted in 2005.[citation needed]

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Die Philharmonische Gesellschaft (1828)
Vereins Hamburgischer Musikfreunde (1896)
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg (1934)


  1. ^ Geschichte des Musik- und Concertwesens in Hamburg vom 14. Jahrhundert bis auf die Gegenwart (History of the Music and Concert System in Hamburg from the 14th Century to the Present), by Josef Sittard (1846–1903), Altona and Leipzig: Verlag von A.C. Reher (né August Christian Reher; 1828–??) (publisher) (1890); OCLC 6292446, 504497608
  2. ^ Das Stadttheater in Hamburg, 1827–1877: Ein Beitrag zur deutschen Culturgeschichte, by Hermann Uhde (1845-1879), Stuttgart: Verlag der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung (de) (1879); OCLC 12367250, 600999391
  3. ^ "Eugen Jochum Talks to Alan Blyth," by Alan Blyth (1929–2007), Gramophone, Vol. 50, N° 591, August 1972, pg. 319; ISSN 0017-310X
  4. ^ "Keilberth, Joseph" (entry heading), The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6th ed.), by Michael Kennedy (1926–2014) and wife, Joyce Bourne Kennedy (1933–1999); Tim Rutherford-Johnson, PhD (ed.), Oxford University Press (2013), pg. 448; OCLC 845070098

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