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Orchester M18 is a young and vivid orchestra with spirited musical enthusiasm and a highly innovative approach to programming.

 

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Therefore, Orchester M18 collaborates with conductors and soloists who differ in terms of their approach on interpretation and their core reportoire. Thus inspiring the orchestra, they broaden the ensemble’s horizon, shape and invigorate the art of orchestral performance: For example, the Italian conductor Antonello Manacorda, founding member and concertmaster of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, has significantly coined the orchestra‘s sound and profile.

Other major influences and sources of inspiration have been Stephan Mai, concertmaster of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, as well as Martin Spangenberg, clarinetist and conductor, and Stefan Schilli, principal oboist of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

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All members of Orchester M18 have been or still are members of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, the European Union Youth Orchestra or the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, and several currently hold principal positions in professional orchestras in Germany and Europe.

 

The orchestra was founded in 2003. The idea was not to pursue direct commercial interests, but rather to aim at working and performing on the highest possible artistic level. In addition, the wish to decide independently who to collaborate with and which programmes to realise has been one of the orchestra‘s major characteristics ever since.
Performances of Orchester M18 have been recorded and aired by Bavarian Broadcasting. In July 2012, the orchestra‘s debut recording was released by the renowned German label MDG presenting overtures and clarinet concertos by Carl Maria von Weber, Martin Spangenberg being both conductor and soloist.

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