The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra has great success not only at home, but also internationally. Because of its numerous concert tours to the music metropolises of the world, it has become the most sought-after ambassador of Munich and strengthened the reputation of the Bavarian capital as a distinguished city of music. The city's orchestra performs in the best concert halls of the world and receives enthusiastic applause. At home, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra enjoys the appreciation of a loyal and regular audience, to whom it brings not only new inspiration from its travels, but also inestimable international contacts with outstanding musicians, soloists and choirs, who are welcome guests in Munich. Friends of classical music worldwide benefit from this cross-border exchange of the top-class orchestra.
Around the globe
In the last decades, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra has travelled around the globe on its concert tours, starting in 1988 with the Moscow tour with then Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl as Germany's ambassador, on to London, Paris, Vienna, Madrid, Milan, South America, the USA, India, and Southeast Asia.
The contacts with the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg are also very close. In 2009, its artistic director, Valery Gergiev, invited the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Christian Thielemann for two concerts in the former tsar's residence to his "Stars of the White Nights" festival. In the 2011/12 season, Valery Gergiev conducted a Shostakovich cycle with all 15 symphonies in the Munich Philharmonic, played by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre. In the last season, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra was travelling together with its principal conductor, Lorin Maazel, to the Lucerne Festival and to Madrid, Vienna, Prague, and Athens, among other destinations. The high point of the orchestra's activities abroad was a tour of several weeks through Asia with concerts in China, Japan and South Korea in April 2013.
As well as in many German cities, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra’s destinations in 2014 included cities throughout the world, among them Bucharest, Linz, Vienna and New York. Following four concerts in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei in October 2014, the orchestra returned to South-East Asia in November 2015 with their principal conductor Valery Gergiev for nine performances in Taipei, Seoul, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai and Tokyo.
Further travels took the Munich Philharmonic to many cities in Germany and abroad, where destinations included Bucharest, Linz, Vienna and New York and four concerts in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei in 2014 and in Taipei, Seoul, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai and Tokyo in 2015. In the 2016/17 season, the Munich Philharmonic appeared in Berlin, Lucerne, Dortmund, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Paris, Vienna, Wiesbaden and New York among others.
The 2017/18 season also saw the Munich Philharmonic travel to many cities, both in Germany and abroad. The orchestra has been invited to participate in the inauguration of the spectacular new concert hall in the Chinese city of Nanjing together with its chief conductor Valery Gergiev. Further stations in China included Xi'an, Tianjin and China’s capital Beijing. Together with maestro Valery Gergiev, the Munich Philharmonic also gave performances in Grafenegg, Bucharest, St. Florian, Frankfurt, Essen, Paris, Cologne, Amsterdam, Vienna and Baden-Baden. With Semyon Bychkov, the orchestra gave guest appearances in Innsbruck and with Pablo Heras-Casado in Barcelona, Madrid and on the Canary Islands.
The Munich Philharmonic opened the 2018/19 season with guest concerts in Lucerne and Berlin. This was followed by the continuation of the Bruckner cycle in St. Florian. The Munich Philharmonic and its principal conductor Valery Gergiev also travelled to Asia for nine concerts in November and December. With their 125th anniversary celebration program, they visited Hamburg and Paris, where we performed the three works of Gustav Mahler’s that were premièred by the Munich Philharmonic: the »Lied von der Erde« and his Symphonies No. 4 and No. 8. The orchestra also took a trip to Spain with Gustavo Dudamel for three concerts.
In 2019, the Munich Philharmonic under principal conductor Valery Gergiev completed the Bruckner symphony cycle in St Florian, as well as giving concert performances in Bratislava, New York, Vienna, Amsterdam, Baden Baden, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Paris.