Founded in 1962, the home of the Bachorchestra of the Gewandhaus is Leipzig, a city that is famous for it’s music and culture and the city in which Johann Sebastian Bach defined the musical imprint from 1723 until his death in 1750 as “director musices and cantor of St. Thomas”, continuously until today.
The Founder of the Bachorchestra, which unexceptional consists of members of the worldfamous Leipzig Gewandhausorchestra, is Prof. Gerhard Bosse, who worked as first concertmaster of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchestra over many years.
1987, age-related, Bosse passed the artistic direction into the hands of his younger Concertmaster - colleague Prof. Christian Funke. Prof.Christian Funke was the first Concertmaster of the Dresden Staatskapelle in the years 1972 to 1979. In 1979, he followed the invitation of the Gewandhausorchestra to fill the first Concertmaster position. Under his inspiring leadership the Bachorchestra of Gewandhaus Leipzig reached worldwide renown.
Many internationally renown artist, such as: Igor Oistrakh, Maxim Vengereov, Julia Fischer, Peter Schreier, Grigory Sokolov, Sergei Nakariakov, Arabella Steinbacher and Shlomo Mintz had collaborated with the ensemble.
The repertoire of the Bachorchestra is focussed on the works of J.S.Bach as well as Italian Baroque, and early classical music.
Concerts in over 40 countries (lately in Japan, Korea, Russia) different European countries as well as South America together with the Thomanerchoir Leipzig.
Many invitations to the most important musical festivals both in Germany and abroad prove the artistic continuity and the very high level of the orchestra in an impressive manner.
Both, the vital temper and the fantasy of musical arrangement, are often praised by national and international reviewers. The verve and the obvious rejoice of the members are inspiring as well as convincing.