|Alternative Spellings||Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra|
Michael Zimmermann - Conductor from 1885 to 1886
Ernst Stahl - Conductor from 1886 to 1890
August Trenkler - Conductor from 1890 to 1903
Willy Olsen - Conductor from 1903 to 1915
Edwin Lindner - Conductor from 1915 to 1923
Joseph Gustav Mraczek - Conductor from 1923 to 1924
Eduard Mörike - Conductor from 1924 to 1929
Paul Scheinpflug - Conductor from 1929 to 1932
Werner Ladwig - Conductor from 1932 to 1934
Paul van Kempen - Conductor from 1934 to 1942
Carl Schuricht (Carl Adolph Schuricht) - Conductor from 1942 to 1944
Gerhart Wiesenhütter - Conductor from 1945 to 1946
Heinz Bongartz - Conductor from 1947 to 1964
Horst Förster - Conductor from 1964 to 1967
Kurt Masur - Conductor from 1967 to 1972
Günther Herbig - Conductor from 1972 to 1976
Herbert Kegel - Conductor from 1977 to 1985
Jörg-Peter Weigle - Conductor from 1986 to 1994
Michel Plasson - Conductor from 1994 to 2001
Marek Janowski - Conductor from 2001 to 2003
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos - Conductor from 2004 to 2011
Michael Sanderling - Conductor from 2011 to 2019
Marek Janowski - Conductor from 2019
The Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the oldest and most respected symphony orchestras in Germany. Though it has often been overshadowed by its neighbor, the Dresden State Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic has enjoyed a long history of success under some of the world's leading conductors, like Carl Schuricht, Kurt Masur, Herbert Kegel, Michel Plasson, Marek Janowski, andRafael Frühbeck de Burgos. And they have achieved critical acclaim in a vast array of repertory, from J.S. Bach and Vivaldi to Alfred Schnittke and Paul-Heinz Dittrich. The orchestra performs most of its 80 or so concerts a year at the Kulturpalast Dresden. Over the years the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra has amassed a discography of several hundred recordings, with well over 100 available on the Berlin Classics label and many others on offer from DG, EMI, RCA, Thorofon, and Brilliant Classics.
The Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1870, giving its first concert on November 29 of that year. The ensemble originally performed under the name of Gewerbehausorchester (Commercial House Orchestra). The first principal conductor was Hermann Mannsfeldt, who held the post from 1870-1885.
Brahms, Dvorák, Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, and other leading composers would guest-conduct the orchestra in its early years, and a string of distinguished musicians would serve as principal conductor, including August Trenkler (1890-1903) and Edwin Lindner (1915-1923). It was in 1915, under Lindner, that the Gewerbehausorchester changed its name to Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. Under Paul van Kampen (1934-1942) it began making regular recordings. Among its notable efforts were recordings of the Beethoven Third and Mozart 20th piano concertos with Wilhelm Kempff, on DG, from 1941-1942.
In the difficult wartime and postwar eras, the orchestra was served well by principal conductors Carl Schuricht (1942-1944), Gerhart Wiesenhütter (1945-1946), and Heinz Bongartz (1946-1964). Following the brief tenure of Horst Förster (1964-1967), Kurt Masur (1967-1972) led the orchestra, which now began performing at the Kulturpalast Dresden, built in 1969. Masur made over 50, mostly critically acclaimed, recordings with the ensemble. Günther Herbig (1972-1976) succeeded him, maintaining the orchestra's high standards, and then Herbert Kegel (1972-1976) took the podium. He made over 40 recordings during his distinguished tenure.
Jörg-Peter Weigle (1986-1994) was principal conductor during the 1990 German reunification period. Michel Plasson (1994-2001) became the orchestra's first French principal conductor, and he was succeeded by the distinguished Polish-born Marek Janowski (2001-2004). Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos took over conducting in 2007. AllMusic