The Dresdner Philharmoniker (Dresden Philharmonic) is a symphony orchestra based in Dresden, Germany. The orchestra was founded in 1870 and gave its first concert in the Gewerbehaussaal on 29 November 1870, under the name Gewerbehausorchester. The orchestra acquired its current name in 1915. It receives financial support from the city of Dresden.
One of the orchestra's later concert venues was the Kulturpalast, during the existence of the DDR. After German reunification, plans had been proposed for a new concert hall. These had not come to fruition by the time of the principal conductorship of Marek Janowski, who cited this lack of development of a new hall for the orchestra as the reason for his resignation from the post in 2004. In addition to concerts at the Kulturpalast, the orchestra also performs at the Kreuzkirche, the Hochschule für Musik Dresden, the Schloss Albrechtsberg.
The choral ensembles affiliated with the orchestra are the Dresden Philharmonic Choir and Dresden Philharmonic Chamber Choir.
- Dresdner Philharmonie and Philharmoniker official website
- CDs of Dresdner Philharmonie released by label GENUIN
- Bach Cantatas page profile of the orchestra
|Dresden Philharmonic Prinicpal Conductors|
Hermann Mannsfeldt (1870) Michael Zimmermann (1885) Ernst Stahl (1886) August Trenkler (1890) Willy Olsen (1903) Edwin Lindner (1915) Joseph Gustav Mraczek (1923) Eduard Mörike (1924) Paul Scheinpflug (1929) Werner Ladwig (1932) Paul van Kempen (1934) Carl Schuricht (1942) Gerhart Wiesenhütter (1945) Heinz Bongartz (1947) Horst Förster (1964) Kurt Masur (1967) Günther Herbig (1972) Herbert Kegel (1977) Jörg-Peter Weigle (1986) Michel Plasson (1994) Marek Janowski (2001) Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (2004)