|Alternative Spellings||Symphony Orchestra Basel, SOB|
Dennis Russell Davies - Conductor from 2009 to 2016
Ivor Bolton - Conductor from 2016
Mario Venzago - Conductor from 1997 to 2003
The Sinfonieorchester Basel (Symphony Orchestra Basel; Swiss abbreviation SOB) is a symphony orchestra based in Basel, Switzerland. Its principal concert venue is the Musiksaal of the Stadtcasino. In addition, the orchestra accompanies ballet and opera productions in the Theater Basel.
The orchestra was founded in 1876, in the same year as the music hall Basel (Stadtcasino Basel) was constructed. During its history, the orchestra gave the world premieres of works by such composers as Béla Bartók, Arthur Honegger and Bohuslav Martinů.The orchestra holds its present name of 'Sinfonieorchester Basel' from 1997 when the two orchestras Basler Sinfonie-Orchester and Radio Sinfonieorchester merged into one ensemble. Another milestone in the history of the orchestra was set in 2012, when the Sinfonieorchester Basel and the organizer of many years AMG (in German Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft Basel) decided to go separate ways. Henceforward, the Sinfonieorchester Basel has been organizing its own subscription concerts.
From 2009 to 2016, the orchestra's chief conductor was Dennis Russell Davies. In June 2015, the orchestra announced the appointment of Ivor Bolton as its next chief conductor, as of the 2016-2017 season, with an initial contract of 4 years. Michał Nesterowicz became the orchestra's principal guest conductor as of the 2016-2017 season. Wikipedia