South-west German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim
A fresh and gripping musical approach and stylistic diversity from early to contemporary music are the distinctive mark of the South-west German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim. With a fixed base of fourteen musicians from seven countries the ensemble is one of the very few full-time chamber orchestras and recognized for its exceptional homogeneity and flexibility of the sound.
The South-west German Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1950 by Friedrich Tilegant, a pupil of Paul Hindemith. The ensemble quickly gained international recognition and was heard at the festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne and Leipzig as well as on world-wide tours and on numerous recordings (Deutsche Grammophon, Vox, Erato, Telefunken, Intercord). Maurice André, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Frans Brüggen and Yehudi Menuhin were just some of the great musicians who have worked with the orchestra.
Following the Tilegant era the orchestra was directed by Paul Angerer, Vladislav Czarnecki and Sebastian Tewinkel. With the start of the 2013-14 season Timo Handschuh has assumed the position of Artistic Director.
The South-west German Chamber Orchestra has made numerous radio broadcasts and more than 300 recordings, of which a number have been awarded international prizes. Currently the orchestra plays together with renowned soloists such as Nigel Kennedy, Mischa Maisky, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, Yuri Bashmet, Lilya Zilberstein, Sergej Krylov, Hansjörg Schellenberger and Bernd Glemser.
It has been invited to perform in almost all European countries (Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Prague Autumn, Flanders Festival, EuroMediterraneo International Festival Rome, Vienna OsterKlang Festival, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Tonhalle Zurich, Berlin, Munich and Cologne Philharmony, Sala Verdi Milan, Royal Concert Society Antwerp, Great Synagogue Budapest) as well as in the USA and Japan.
Artistic Director / Chief Conductor
Born in Lahr (Germany) in 1975, Timo Handschuh started his church music and organ studies at the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts. He then continued studying conducting at the Freiburg University of Music, graduating with a mark of distinction.
After his studies he has held positions as assistant to Manfred Honeck, as Kapellmeister and nowadays a Guest Conductor at the Stuttgart State Opera, were he conducted in productions of Madama Butterly, Idomeneo, Così fan tute, Il Trovatore, Le Nozze di Figaro, Aida, Der fliegende Holländer and Der Freischütz.
Timo Handschuh conducted numerous well-known orchestras, among them the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. In 2011 he was appointed General Music Director of the Ulm Opera, with the start of the 2013-14 season he has assumed the position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the South-west German Chamber Orchester in Pforzheim. There he broadened the range of stylistic versatility and developed new programmes for this ensemble of long-standing tradition.