The Berner Symphonieorchester can look back on a 140-year tradition as the orchestra of Switzerland’s capital city. With around 100 musicians from over 20 different countries, the Symphonieorchester has been associated with musical theatre, drama and dance since 2011 under the umbrella of the “Konzert Theater Bern”. At the beginning of the 2010/2011 season, Swiss national Mario Venzago joined the BSO as its principal conductor. The orchestra gives around 50 concerts per year, most of them in the city’s Kultur Casino. The other activities of the Berner Symphonieorchester include tours in Switzerland and abroad, radio broadcasts and CD recordings. Its recordings of Bruckner’s third, sixth and ninth symphonies conducted by Mario Venzago earned the highest praise in the press and specialist circles.
The Berner Symphonieorchester has undergone a generational change in the last few years, and it now puts on unusual programmes in which it does not shrink from giving the most challenging new works their world premieres. On the contrary: promoting contemporary composers has long been dear to the hearts of both the orchestra and its principal conductor Mario Venzago.
The particular energy and tension that characterize the Berner Symphonieorchester make every concert a very special experience!