SWR Symphonieorchester

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Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Native nameSWR Symphonieorchester
Former nameStuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (1945)
Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra (1946)
Founded2016; 7 years ago (2016)
LocationStuttgart, Germany
Concert hallVarious (see below)
Principal conductorTeodor Currentzis
WebsiteOfficial website

The SWR Symphonieorchester (Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra) is a radio orchestra affiliated with the Südwestrundfunk (Southwest German Radio) public broadcasting network. Formed in 2016, the orchestra is administratively based in Stuttgart. The artistic director of the orchestra is Johannes Bultmann, and the current managing director is Felix Fischer. The orchestra's chief conductor is Teodor Currentzis.


The SWR Symphonieorchester gives concerts in several German cities and concert halls. Its principal cities and concert venues are as follows:

The orchestra also performs in other German cities and venues, including the following:


The two precursor ensembles to the SWR Symphonieorchester were the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, the latter based in Baden-Baden and Freiburg. The Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, in particular, had a specific reputation for its performances of contemporary music. In June 2012, the SWR Broadcasting Council voted to approve a measure proposed by SWR Intendant Peter Boudgoust to merge the two orchestras, for ostensible reasons of budgetary limitations for two separate orchestras affiliated with the SWR.[1] The SWR Broadcasting Council formally passed the measure in September 2012, with the merger of the two orchestras scheduled for 2016.[2]

The formation of the new orchestra, under the new name of the SWR Symphonieorchester, produced an ensemble in 2016 with a complement of 175 musicians drawn from the two previous orchestras. The eventual goal is to attain a roster of 119 musicians.[3][4] The new orchestra gave its first concert on 22 September 2016 in Stuttgart at the Liederhalle, under the direction of Péter Eötvös.[5]

The orchestra did not have a chief conductor at the time of its founding. Sylvain Cambreling had been offered the post of chief conductor of the new orchestra, but declined on principle, in protest at the merger of the two precursor orchestras into the new ensemble.[6] In April 2017, the SWR announced the appointment of Teodor Currentzis as the first chief conductor of the orchestra, effective with the 2018–2019 season.[7] In September 2021, the SWR announced a 3-year extension to Currentzis' contract as chief conductor of the orchestra.[8] Currentzis is scheduled to stand down as the orchestra's chief conductor at the close of the 2024-2025 season.[9]

In July 2020, François-Xavier Roth first guest-conducted the orchestra. He returned to the orchestra for a subsequent guest-conducting engagement in June 2021. In September 2022, the SWR announced the appointment of Roth as the orchestra's next chief conductor, effective with the 2025-2026 season, with an initial contract of 5 years.[9]

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  1. ^ Götz Thieme (2012-06-30). "Die Orchesterfusion rückt näher". Stuttgarter Zeitung. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  2. ^ "Fusion der SWR-Orchester beschlossen: Rundfunkrat stimmte mit großer Mehrheit für die Vorlage des SWR". Südwestrundfunk. 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  3. ^ Jürgen Kanold (2016-09-22). "Das neue SWR Symphonieorchester: Der große Klang". Südwest Presse. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  4. ^ Georg Rudiger (2016-11-23). "SWR Symphonieorchester – so ist die Stimmung nach der Fusion". Südkurier. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  5. ^ "SWR-Symphonieorchester: zum ersten Mal". Stuttgarter Zeitung. 2016-09-23. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  6. ^ Ulf Mauder (2018-06-27). "Von Skandalen und Schönheit – Dirigent Cambreling wird 70". NMZ. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  7. ^ "Teodor Currentzis wird Chefdirigent des SWR Symphonieorchesters". SWR Classic. 2017-04-05. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  8. ^ "Teodor Currentzis bleibt weitere drei Jahre Chefdirigent des SWR Symphonieorchesters". SWR2. 2021-09-15. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  9. ^ a b "François-Xavier Roth wird Chefdirigent des SWR Symphonieorchesters ab 2025" (Press release). SWR. 30 September 2022. Retrieved 2022-10-03.

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