The history of the Bruckner Orchester Linz spans 200 years of tradition and excellence. In the last three decades, it has won an international reputation as one of the leading orchestras of Central Europe.
Consisting of 128 musicians, the orchestra is not only the concert orchestra for the state of Upper Austria but also the opera orchestra at the Landestheater Linz, and participates in the Bruckner Festival, the Ars Electronica Festival and the Linzer Klangwolke. The Bruckner Orchester Linz has performed extensively in the United Kingdom (2016 and 2018), the United States (2005, 2009, 2017), Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and France. Recent tours have featured concerts in Cologne, Paris, Vienna and Istanbul and since 2012 the orchestra has its own concert cycle at the Musikverein Wien.
The Bruckner Orchester records prolifically including the complete Bruckner cycle for arte nova/SONY as well as of Symphonies No. 6 to 11, The Voyage and the opera Kepler as CD and DVD by Philip Glass. The orchestra has already gained an excellent reputation for its recordings of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Siegfried Matthus, Franz Schmidt, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Gustav Holst.
During its long and venerable history, the orchestra has performed with such luminaries as Clemens Krauss, Hans Knappertsbusch, Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Eichhorn, Vaclav Neumann, and Christoph von Dohnányi. In recent times, the distinguished roster has included Zubin Mehta, Serge Baudo, Horst Stein, Vladimir Fedosejew, Michael Gielen, Bernhard Klee, Steven Sloane, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Michael Schønwandt and Franz Welser-Möst.