The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra worldwide

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.

For the 2016/17 season, numerous concerts are planned, including in Berlin, Lucerne, Dortmund, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Paris, Vienna, Wiesbaden and New York.