Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1882 and is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading orchestras. In 1887 Hans von Bülow became its chief conductor and in this period musical giants such as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss conducted the orchestra. In 1923 Wilhelm Furtwängler became chief conductor and this was the beginning of a legendary partnership that lasted until Furtwängler’s death in 1954. From 1955 until 1989 Herbert von Karajan was the orchestra’s chief conductor making many important recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. The orchestra is a self-governing public foundation.

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