About the orchestra
Orchestra at the House of Styriarte
Recreation - Das Orchester was formed in 2002 from musicians who had previously won their artistic laurels in the ranks of the Graz Symphony Orchestra. In addition to its concert cycles in Graz, the orchestra has also performed at the styriarte Festival, the Großer Musikvereinssaal in Vienna, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, at steirischer herbst, at Jazz-Sommer Graz and many more.
In spring 2013, RecreationBAROCK the orchestra's original sound formation at that times newly founded by Michael Hofstetter, was a highly successful guest at the Palace of Versailles and in Lyon. In 2016 this ensemble was part of the international Gluck Opera Festival in Nuremberg. Meanwhile, the tenth subscription cycle of this baroque orchestra is planned for the Minoritensaal.
Most of the members of the orchestra have one thing in common: they received at least part of their training at the Graz University of Music or teach there themselves, at the Styrian State Conservatory or at other Styrian music schools. Their nationalities also make the collective of orchestra musicians something special: They come from half of Europe (Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Poland, Albania, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, etc.) and thus form an image of this Southeast European future space in miniature. The Graz University of Music constantly attracts young talents for training. They often take the opportunity to demonstrate their skills as guest musicians in the recreation orchestra. With these young artists, the orchestra's changing nationality panorama expands to Japan, Spain or the Ukraine, but also to Cuba, Venezuela and New Zealand.
Recreation can point to collaborations with outstanding conductors - Andrés Orozco-Estrada (principal conductor from 2005 to 2009) and Jordi Savall are among them. Most recently, the renowned Munich maestro Michael Hofstetter shaped the orchestra for five years as principal conductor. Increasingly, recreation offers women conductors a podium, this season again in five of nine projects. Since the 2019/20 season, the US-Taiwanese Mei-Ann Chen has been engaged as Principal Guest Conductor and was appointed Chief Conductor from the 2021/22 season on.
Steiermärkische Sparkasse has been the main sponsor of the orchestra recreation since 2020.