The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra - which rose to the rank of a state orchestra in 2003 - is known for its virtuosity. It has been an institution in Bamberg's cultural life for more than 60 years and is "Bavaria's cultural diplomat" throughout the world.
Founded by former members of the German Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague and musicians from Carlsbad and Silesia, the Symphony Orchestra soon earned itself a unique international reputation, appearing on international stages like no other German orchestra. Headed by the Brit Jonathon Nott since 2000, the orchestra has been shaped and moulded by eminent conductors over the years. The orchestra's repertoire includes not only classical and romantic works but also contemporary creations. The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra also stages memorable music festivals, in 2010 the "Biennale Bamberg" celebrated Gustav Mahler, the 2012 Biennale will focus on the outstanding composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a highly interesting array of concerts from 6-21 July.