The Bern Symphony Orchestra can look back on a 140-year tradition as the orchestra of the Swiss federal city. With around 100 musicians from more than 20 different
over 20 different nations, the symphony orchestra has been united under the umbrella of “Konzert Theater Bern” since 2011, and “Bühnen Bern” since 2021, in addition to the music theater, drama and dance sections. At the beginning of the 2010/2011 season, the Swiss conductor Mario
Venzago took up the position of principal conductor of the BSO for ten years. Renowned guest conductors such as Bruno Walter, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan and more recently Eliahu Inbal, Sir Neville Marriner, Eiji Oue, Jun Märkl and Michael Sanderling have also left their mark on the orchestra. World-class soloists such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Emmanuel Pahud, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Sol Gabetta, Fazil Say, Mischa Maisky or Jean-Yves Thibaudet, as well as young classical stars such as Kit Armstrong, Lise de la Salle or Maximilian Hornung contribute to spreading the good reputation of the Bern Symphony Orchestra far beyond the country’s borders. This leads to regular invitations at home and abroad, such as recently to Germany, England or China.