Dresden Philharmonic

The Dresdner Philharmonie (unofficial English translation: Dresden Philharmonic) is a German symphony orchestra based in Dresden. Its principal concert venue is the Kulturpalast. The orchestra also performs at the Kreuzkirche, the Hochschule für Musik Dresden, and the Schloss Albrechtsberg. It receives financial support from the city of Dresden. The choral ensembles affiliated with the orchestra are the Dresden Philharmonic Choir and Dresden Philharmonic Chamber Choir.

Dresdner Philharmonie
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Principal conductorMichael Sanderling

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. During the existence of the DDR, the orchestra took up its primary residence in the Kulturpalast. 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 2003.

The orchestra's current principal conductor is Michael Sanderling, since 2011. His initial contract was for three years. In October 2013, the orchestra announced the extension of Sanderling's contract as principal conductor through the 2018–2019 season.[1] In November 2016, Sanderling announced, via a letter to the mayor of Dresden, his intention to stand down as chief conductor of the orchestra after the end of his current contract in 2019, in protest at learning of proposed culture budget reductions via media reports instead of being informed directly from the civic authorities.[2]

In September 2018, the orchestra announced the re-appointment of Janowski as its chief conductor, effective with the 2019–2020 season, with an initial contract of three seasons.[3]

Principal conductors


  1. "Sanderling bis 2019 Chefdirigent der Dresdner Philharmonie". Sächsische Zeitung. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  2. Thomas Baumann-Hartwig (2016-11-27). "Chefdirigent der Dresdner Philharmonie schmeißt hin". Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  3. "Rückkehr zur Dresdner Philharmonie: Marek Janowski neuer Chefdirigent". BR-Klassik. 2018-09-19. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
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