About Us

For the Musikalische Akademie, members of Mannheim’s National Theater Orchestra are the organizers and managers of one of the oldest concert series in Germany. Unique among German opera theater and symphonic orchestras is the Akademie’s democratic structure associated with its own choice of concert programs as well as its financial independence. These factors are essential for the artistic identity and self-confidence of the musicians. Eight times annually the orchestra, otherwise accustomed to resounding from the orchestra pit, presents itself on the stage of the Mozartsaal in Mannheim’s Rosengarten.

Creating culture through the artist’s own responsibility: This is a reality in Mannheim which has proven to be a successful and lasting concept.

The Musikalische Akademie of the National Theater Orchestra Mannheim e.V. which was founded in 1778 is represented by the following executive committee members:

  • 1. Chairman:
    Fritjof v. Gagern
  • 2. Chairman:
    Christiane Albert
  • Financial Manager:
    Patrick Koch
  • Assistant Financial Manager:
    Christoph Rox
  • Secretary:
    Christoph Prüfer
  • Advisory Board Members:
    Jean-Jacques Goumaz, Julien Heichelbech, Georg Lustig, Eva Wombacher, Reinhard Philipp and Arne Roßbach

GMD Alexander Soddy

The General Music Director (GMD)

Since 2016/2017 Alexander Soddy is music director of the Nationaltheater Mannheim. Alexander Soddy was the orchestra’s absolutely favorite choice candidate during the search for a General Music Director for Mannheim. Having started out as a choirboy in his native Oxford, then continuing with conducting studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Music Theory at Cambridge followed by his musical ascent as an opera conductor in London, at the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Oper Klagenfurt and as assistant to Kirill Petrenko in Bayreuth – the vocal genre has always played a decisively large role in Alexander Soddy’s life as a musician – having laid an ideal foundation for working on the concert repertoire.

Contact

Nadin Preuße
Project Director, Executive Committee Consultant
nadin.preusse@musikalische-akademie.de
+49 (0) 621 – 122 52 87

Olga Sachartschuk
Communications Advisor, Marketing Manager
olga.sachartschuk@musikalische-akademie.de
+49 (0) 621 – 122 52 86

  • Monday 18th
  • Tuesday 19th
  • October 2021
  • 8:00 P.M., ROSENGARTEN, MOZARTSAAL
  • GMD ALEXANDER SODDY
  • CONDUCTOR
  • NOA WILDSCHUT
  • VIOLIN
  • RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872–1958)
  • FANTASIA ON A THEME BY THOMAS TALLIS

  • MAX BRUCH (1838–1920)
  • SCHOTTISCHE FANTASIE OP. 46

  • EDWARD ELGAR (1857–1934)
  • SYMPHONIE NR. 1 AS-DUR OP. 55

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  • Monday 29th
  • Tuesday 30th
  • November 2021
  • 8:00 P.M., ROSENGARTEN, MOZARTSAAL
  • GMD ALEXANDER SODDY
  • CONDUCTOR
  • FRANK PETER ZIMMERMANN
  • VIOLIN
  • SIDNEY CORBETT (* 1960)
  • VIOLENCE AND LONGING – URAUFFÜHRUNG EINER AUFTRAGSKOMPOSITION DER MUSIKALISCHEN AKADEMIE
  • BÉLA BARTÓK (1881–1945)
  • RHAPSODIE NR. 1

  • BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ (1890–1959)
  • SUITE CONCERTANTE

  • LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
  • SYMPHONIE NR. 4 B-DUR OP. 60

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  • Monday 20th
  • Tuesday 21th
  • December 2021
  • 8:00 P.M., ROSENGARTEN, MOZARTSAAL
  • JORDAN DE SOUZA
  • CONDUCTOR
  • KIRILL GERSTEIN
  • PIANO
  • SERGEJ RACHMANINOW (1873–1943)
  • KLAVIERKONZERT NR. 2 C-MOLL OP. 18

  • PJOTR ILJITSCH TSCHAIKOWSKI (1840–1893)
  • SYMPHONIE Nr. 4 F-MOLL OP. 36

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  • Monday 17th
  • Tuesday 18th
  • January 2022
  • 8:00 P.M., ROSENGARTEN, MOZARTSAAL
  • MICHAŁ NESTEROWICZ
  • CONDUCTOR
  • RAFAŁ BLECHACZ
  • PIANO
  • WITOLD LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913–1994)
  • KLEINE SUITE

  • FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810–1849)
  • KLAVIERKONZERT NR. 1 E-MOLL OP. 11

  • FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY (1809–1847)
  • SYMPHONIE NR. 3 A-MOLL OP. 56 MWV N 18 SCHOTTISCHE

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  • Monday 21th
  • Tuesday 22th
  • February 2022
  • 8:00 P.M., ROSENGARTEN, MOZARTSAAL
  • GMD ALEXANDER SODDY
  • CONDUCTOR
  • OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908–1992)
  • L’ASCENSION

  • ANTON BRUCKNER (1824–1896) Bruckner-Zyklus
  • SYMPHONIE NR. 6 A-DUR WAB 106

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  • Monday 21th
  • Tuesday 22th
  • March 2022
  • 8:00 P.M., ROSENGARTEN, MOZARTSAAL
  • IVAN REPUŠIĆ
  • CONDUCTOR
  • EMMANUEL PAHUD
  • FLUTE
  • CARL MARIA VON WEBER (1786–1826)
  • OUVERTÜRE ZU OBERON

  • WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
  • KONZERT FÜR FLÖTE UND ORCHESTER NR. 1 G-DUR KV 313

  • HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803–1869)
  • SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE OP. 14

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  • Monday 09th
  • Tuesday 10th
  • May 2022
  • 8:00 P.M., ROSENGARTEN, MOZARTSAAL
  • ROBERTO RIZZI BRIGNOLI
  • CONDUCTOR
  • FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797–1828)
  • OUVERTÜRE ZU DIE ZAUBERHARFE D 644

  • FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797–1828)
  • SYMPHONIE NR. 4 C-MOLL D 417

  • LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
  • SYMPHONIE NR. 3 ES-DUR OP. 55 EROICA

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  • Monday 13th
  • Tuesday 14th
  • June 2022
  • 8:00 P.M., ROSENGARTEN, MOZARTSAAL
  • GMD ALEXANDER SODDY
  • CONDUCTOR
  • ANNE SCHWANEWILMS
  • SOPRANO
  • OKKA VON DER DAMERAU
  • MEZZO-SOPRANO
  • CHOR UND EXTRACHOR DES NATIONALTHEATERS MANNHEIM
  • GUSTAV MAHLER (1860–1911)
  • SYMPHONIE NR. 2 C-MOLL AUFERSTEHUNG

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