Göttinger Symphonie Orchester
With a history going back more than 150 years, the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester has one of the richest traditions among German orchestras. Its 100-plus concerts, and audience totaling more than 90,000 listeners per year make it one of the most successful symphonic ensembles in all of central and northern Germany. Outstanding conductors and soloists have shared its stage ever since its founding in 1862. These include Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni, Max Reger, Eugen Jochum, Sir Georg Solti, Wilhelm Kempff, Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Heinrich Schiff, and Rudolf Buchbinder, to name but a few.
Artists in global demand, including Simone Kermes, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Frank Peter Zimmermann (who was made an honorary member of the GSO in 2001), and Rachel Barton Pine make regular guest appearances in Göttingen. Their presence underlines the international status of the orchestra which, through its exceptionally broad repertoire, highly acknowledged interpretations of contemporary music, numerous first performances, and acclaimed recordings, has established itself as a fixture on the national and international music scene.
Under Musical Director and Principal Conductor since 2005, Christoph-Mathias Mueller, innovative programs and strikingly original projects constantly break new ground.
18 different nations are represented among the orchestra's players. Invitations to perform at music festivals including the Festival d'Echternach, Göttingen International Handel Festival, Choriner Musiksommer, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, further highlight the orchestra's international standing.