Philharmonisches Orchester Augsburg
The Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra is the city’s largest symphony orchestra and plays approximately 120 theatre performances each year, both in the main house of the Augsburg Stadttheater and for the operas, operettas, musicals and ballets which are performed every summer at the open air theatre. Also on the annual schedule under the direction of chief musical director Dirk Kaftan are twelve symphonic programs:
classic symphony concerts and gala functions as well as an extensive music education program which reaches out to several thousand young people in Augsburg and the surrounding area each year. In addition, guest performances are planned for the Swabian region and for Nürnberg, Munich and Frankfurt as well as concert tours to Mallorca, Italy, France and Turkey.
Dirk Kaftan, chief musical director since 2009 follows a long tradition of well-known conductors who have shaped the history of the orchestra: Wolfgang Sawallisch, Heinz Wallberg and Eugen Jochum all began their careers in Augsburg. In the list of chief musical directors one finds such names as Bruno Weil, Michael Luig, Istvan Kertesz and, from 2002 until 2009, Rudolf Piehlmayer. Contemporary music has always been an important part of the repertoire of the orchestra, which was founded in 1865 as a municipal orchestra for operas and operettas presented at the theatre and which has, in addition, had its own symphony concert program since 1910.