Classical Music Groups in Stuttgart
Stuttgart has a rich musical landscape and boasts several well-respected orchestras. There are numerous opportunities to attend concerts and other classical music performances both in and around Stuttgart all year round. Allow us to introduce you to seven groups that play classical music—presented in alphabetical order because we won’t play favorites!
Gaechinger Cantorey, Bachakademie Stuttgart
The Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, founded in 1981 by Helmuth Rilling, is devoted to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The Bach Academy organizes concerts, play a leading role in the Musikfest Stuttgart, and offers a music education outreach program.
The Gaechinger Cantorey is the Bachakademie’s ensemble. It was formed in 2016 by conductor Hans-Christoph Rademann by combining the former ensembles of the Gächinger Kantorei (choir) and Bach-Collegium Stuttgart (orchestra). The ensemble has its own subscription concert series in Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg but also follows a busy concert schedule with both domestic and international performances.
Their website is available in English and includes information about the ensemble and its members, concert tickets and subscriptions, educational outreach, and even full recordings of performances in video in the Mediathek.
The State Youth Orchestra of Baden-Württemberg has been gathering the state’s best young talents together since 1972. Twice a year, musicians from ages 13 to 20 audition, rehearse, and perform symphonic orchestral music on stage. Many former members of the youth orchestra have gone on to play professionally in orchestras or teach as professors in music academies.
Their website offers information about the orchestra’s background, upcoming concerts, and how to audition.
The Stuttgart State Orchestra is one of the oldest theater orchestras in the world: it celebrated its 425th anniversary in 2018. Every season the musicians play for more than 230 opera and ballet performances in the Littmannbau, in addition to more than 30 symphony and chamber concerts in the Stuttgart Liederhalle as well as concerts for young children.
Their webpage presents information about the history of the orchestra. The rest of the website concerns the Stuttgart Opera and includes a program and ticket sales.
The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1945 by Karl Münchinger, has developed an unmistakable sound which has inspired many other ensembles founded since. The orchestra has a wide repertoire from Bach to Stravinsky and offers subscription concerts, special series, guest performances, and an education program. They perform both as “SKO pur”, with their regular line-up of 17 string players, as well as in a symphonic ensemble. They travel frequently, making guest appearances on some of the most famous stages internationally.
Their website is available in English. There you can view the current offerings, purchase single tickets or subscriptions, and even make a request to book the orchestra for your own event.
The Stuttgart Philharmonic was founded in 1924 and has been sponsored by Stuttgart since 1976. While they perform most regularly at the Gustav-Siegle-Haus downtown, they also play in many cities in southwest Germany and give guest performances every year both domestically and internationally.
Visit their comprehensive website to buy CDs, tickets, or subscriptions; see their calendar or current season brochure; and view video interviews and short performances.
The Stuttgarter Saloniker was founded in 1989 by Patrick Siben, agricultural student turned band master and musical director. He has succeeded in developing an impressively flexible ensemble. Around 100 members perform in various line-ups of 3 to 16 musicians depending on the musical style and occasion. They play across a wide variety of genres, including classical, folk, jazz, rock, Latin, and pop music.
The home base of the Stuttgarter Saloniker is actually in Murrhardt, about 40 km to the northeast. Villa Franck is a beautiful location that plays host to many concerts as well as the Saloniker’s seasonal balls. Fortunately the Saloniker also play at various venues and music festivals in and around the city of Stuttgart as well.
Their website shows upcoming performances, links to an online ticket portal, provides information about various formations and booking options, and offers an extensive selection of samples from their CDs.
The SWR Symphony Orchestra was formed in 2016 with the merging of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestrundfunk and the SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg. They offer a concert series in Stuttgart, Freiburg, and Mannheim as well as appearing at various music festivals and for other guest performances in various European cities and even once in China.
Their website includes information about the orchestra and its history, their concert series and other performances, and links to online performances.