The Bamberg Symphony is a German orchestra based in Bamberg. The orchestra was formed in 1946 mainly from German musicians expelled from Czechoslovakia under the Beneš decrees, who had previously been members of the German Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague. The orchestra received the title of Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie (Bavarian State Philharmonic) in 1993. The orchestra commemorated its 60th anniversary on 16 March 2006.
Since 1993, the home of the orchestra is the Konzert- und Kongresshalle (Concert and Congress Hall), which has the nickname Sinfonie an der Regnitz (Symphony on the Regnitz). Concerts before 1993 were given at the Dominikanerbau. The orchestra receives financial support from the Free State of Bavaria, the city of Bamberg, Oberfranken district and the district of Bamberg. The government of Bavaria retired the orchestra's financial debts in 2003.
Joseph Keilberth was the orchestra's first principal conductor. Other principal conductors have included Eugen Jochum and Horst Stein, both of whom also held the title of honorary conductor of the orchestra. Since January 2000, Jonathan Nott has been principal conductor of the orchestra. His current contract with the orchestra is through the 2011-2012 season. Herbert Blomstedt was named honorary conductor of the orchestra in March 2006. Robin Ticciati was named the orchestra's principal guest conductor, effective with the 2010-2011 season.
The orchestra is associated with the triennial Gustav Mahler Conducting Prize. The orchestra has made a number of recordings for Vox Records with János Fürst, some of which have been reissued on CD. It also recorded music of Joaquin Turina for RCA Records with conductor Antonio de Almeida.
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Formed in 1946, the award-winning German orchestra is famous for its association with the renowned Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition.