The Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn (WKO) considers itself an international sound manufacture, pursuing the goal of an unmistakable chamber orchestra sound with passion and inspiration. Here, the ideal of vibrant chamber music-making merges with the individual craft of each orchestral musician, resulting in benchmark interpretations. Always endeavouring to cultivate an emotional and sensuous sound, it builds bridges to its audience through artistic diversity: from large-scale chamber music to symphonic works closely examined, from classical repertoire to 20th-century works. Starting with the 2018/2019 season, Case Scaglione is the chief conductor of the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn.
Convinced of the value of touring, the orchestra has impressed a national and international audience. This season, the WKO is featured in the series “Vienna Classics Munich” (Musikerlebnis) of orchestral portraits at the Herkulessaal. Touring highlights of recent years include the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Cologne’s Philharmonie, as well as tours through Korea, Cambodia and Spain. In 2019 the WKO embarks upon another tour of China with several concerts.
The orchestra also champions musical diversity at home, upholding the highest standards of quality. With its subscription series in Heilbronn and Ulm, the innovative concert series redblue meets klassik in cooperation with INTERSPORT, the KSK Chamber Music Series featuring WKO musicians, regular musical theatre cooperations with the Heilbronn Theatre and the music education programme KOPFHÖRER (“HEADPHONES”) for babies, children and teenagers, the orchestra is a pillar of cultural life in its home region.
The quality and excellence of the orchestra is also demonstrated in regular exchange with outstanding artist personalities: Avi Avital, Rudolf Buchbinder, Augustin Hadelich, Håkan Hardenberger, Sharon Kam, Felix Klieser, Harriet Krijgh, Katia & Marielle Labèque, Bejun Mehta, Sabine Meyer, Johannes Moser, Andreas Ottensamer, Linus Roth, Olga Scheps, Herbert Schuch, Daniel Müller-Schott, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Carolin Widmann and Frank Peter Zimmermann are among its soloist partners in concert and on CD recordings. Guest conductors such as Tung-Chieh Chuang and Andreas Spering as well as “play and lead” artists such as Alexander Lonquich, Alina Pogostkina and Andreas Steier add valuable impulses to the orchestra’s sound.