The Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg originated in 1984 from the urgent desire, after the disappearance of the Vorarlberg Radio Orchestra in 1959, to create once more a high level orchestra in West Austria. As the only professional symphony orchestra in the western part of Austria it has become indispensable in the cultural life of Vorarlberg and fulfils an important cultural politic task.
About 80 percent of the core of the orchestra consists of professional musicians from Vorarlberg and its bordering countries Switzerland, Liechtenstein as well as the German area around Lake Constance.
The Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg works on project basis. Without the limitations of a fixed sessions planning, up to ten programmes per season are being prepared during intensive rehearsal periods and generally performed in a series of concerts. An attractive and returning highlight of the season is the participation of the orchestra in scenic opera productions in collaboration with the Vorarlberger Landestheater. Since 1994 the orchestra produces its own, highly successful subscription series in the Festspielhaus Bregenz and the Montorthaus Feldkirch, since 2002 there is a third series in Bregenzerwald.
By collaborating with internationally renowned soloists and conductors like Heinrich Schiff, Thomas Zehetmaier, Julian Rachlin, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Thomas Quasthoff, Clemens Hagen, Manfred Honeck, Kirill Petrenko, Gérard Korsten, the actor Tobias Moretti or the author Michael Köhlmeier, as well as regular guest appearances at international festivals (Schubertiade, Bregenz Festival, Bregenzer Frühling) the Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg has become an import cultural institution, also beyond Vorarlberg.
Numerous radio recordings, three television and four CD- productions document the diverse repertoire of the orchestra. Apart from maintaining the traditional classical-romantic orchestral repertoire, works from the 20th and 21st century are performed regularly, with special attention for contemporary composers of Vorarlberg.
Music director of the Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg from 1988 till 2005 was Christoph Eberle; under his direction the orchestra toured to Vienna (Musikverein, Konzerthaus), Munich (Philharmonie), Düsseldorf (Tonhalle), Madrid (Auditorio Nacional), Bozen (Nuovo Teatro), as well as to Salzburg and Napels.
Since 2005 Gérard Korsten is music director of the orchestra.
Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg