On Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philharmonisches_Staatsorchester_Hamburg
Alternative Spellings Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg (Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra)
Creation 1828, November 9th
Participants Friedrich Wilhelm Grund - Conductor from 1828 to 1862
Julius von Bernuth - Conductor from 1867 to 1895
José Eibenschütz (no) - Conductor from 1908 to 1921
Max Fiedler - Conductor from 1904 to 1922
Karl Muck - Conductor from 1922 to 1933
Eugen Jochum - Conductor from 1934 to 1949
Joseph Keilberth - Conductor from 1951 to 1959
Wolfgang Sawallisch - Conductor from 1961 to 1973
Horst Stein - Conductor from 1973 to 1976
Aldo Ceccato - Conductor from 1976 to 1982
Hans Zender - Conductor from 1984 to 1988
Gerd Albrecht - Conductor from 1988 to 1997
Ingo Metzmacher - Conductor from 1997 to 2005
Simone Young - Conductor from 2005 to 2015
Kent Nagano - Conductor from 2015
City Hamburg, Germany
Country Germany
Links Allmusic

The Philharmoniker Hamburg, in full the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg or Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra, is a major orchestra of northern Germany and, if its direct ancestors are taken into account, one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the whole of Europe. It is an important contributor to Hamburg's musical life, giving some 35 concerts a year in the city's venerable Laeiszhalle, at the new Elbphilharmonie hall, and elsewhere. The Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg as such came into existence in 1934 with the merger of the Philharmonische Gesellschaft Hamburg and the Hamburg Stadttheater Orchestra. The latter group traced its roots as far back as 1678; among its directors in the 18th century was Georg Philipp Telemann. The Philharmonische Gesellschaft or Philharmonic Society was a key institution during the Romantic era; guest performers and conductors included Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev. After the merger, notable conductors have included Eugen Jochum(1933-1949), whose Bruckner performances were legendary, Wolfgang Sawallisch (1961-1973), Aldo Ceccato (the first non-German conductor, 1976-1982), Australia's Simone Young (the first female conductor, 2005-2015), and, since 2015, the U.S.-born Kent Nagano. The shorter Philharmoniker Hamburg name came into use in 2005; the full name also continues to be used. In addition to its own concerts, the orchestra continues to perform with the Hamburg State Opera and Hamburg Ballet, bringing its annual performance count to well over 250 and making it one of the world's busiest orchestras. Nagano, as general music director, has also established a new Philharmonic Academy at St. Michaelis, devoted to small-ensemble music of an often-experimental cast. The orchestra takes its municipal mission seriously and offers a vigorous educational program including performances in schools. Its recorded catalog is large; notable projects in the 2010s included a Bruckner symphony cycle and a set of Brahms symphonies under Young. In 2018 the Philharmoniker Hamburg under Nagano, released a recording of Jörg Widmann's Arche on the experimentally oriented ECM label. Allmusic