Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra

The Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra, founded 50 years ago, occupies an important place in the Swiss musical landscape. Heavily influenced in its early days by the work of Swiss conductors Armin Jordan and Jost Meier, the Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra has been conducted by Kaspar Zehnder since the 2012/13 season.

The artistic work focuses on symphony concerts in Biel and Solothurn. While continuing to work on the classical repertoire, the orchestra has a special interest in music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Many orchestral works by Edward Rushton, Urs Peter Schneider, Cécile Marti, Daniel Andres, Jean-Luc Darbellay, Hanns Eisler and Alfred Schweizer, as well as operas by Christian Henking, Jost Meier, Martin Derungs, Martin Markun and Benjamin Schweitzer have had their premieres performed by the Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to the symphony concerts and opera productions of the Biel Solothurn Orchestra Theatre, the orchestra presents chamber concerts, concerts for seniors and young children, as well as the annual summer open-air concerts with young musicians from all over Switzerland.

The reputation of the Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra is reflected in the list of guest artists: internationally renowned conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Matthias Bamert, Nathalie Stutzmann, Augustin Dumay, José van Dam, Arabella Steinbacher, Heinz Holliger, Milan Horvat, Maxim Vengerov, Marcello Viotti, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Natalia Gutmann, Louis Lortie, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Misha Maisky, Feng Ning, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon as well as Giovanni Bellucci testify to the orchestra’s prime artistic quality.

Guest performances have taken the Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra to Austria for the “Carinthian Summer” and “Feldkirch Festival” as well as to the Martinů Festival in Basel, the Bern Music Festival, the Besançon International Music Festival and the Music Chapel Festival in Brussels.

Various CD recordings have been acclaimed nationally and internationally. In 2015 the Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra launched a new series on the CPO and Outhere Music labels with recordings of little-known romantic composers such as Robert Radecke, Ferdinand Thierot, Josef Rheinberger and Robert Volkmann.