The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra worldwide

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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 will also see the Munich Philharmonic travel to many cities, both in Germany and abroad. The orchestra is especially proud to have 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 will also give performances in Grafenegg, Bucharest, St. Florian, Frankfurt, Essen, Paris, Cologne, Amsterdam, Vienna and Baden-Baden. With Semyon Bychkov, the orchestra will give guest appearances in Innsbruck and with Pablo Heras-Casado in Barcelona, Madrid and on the Canary Islands.


Spain 2018

In February 2018, the Munich Philharmonic played a series of concerts in Spain together with Pablo Heras-Casado and Javier Perianes.


The Munich Philharmonic in Paris, Köln, Amsterdam and Hamburg 2018

In January 2018 the Munich Philharmonic and their principal conductor, Valery Gergiev, went on a short European tour.


The Munich Philharmonic in China

In 2017/18 season the Munich Philharmonic travelled to China.


Guest performances in New York and Newark

The Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev were giving guest performances in New York and Newark.

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