￼There is no experience without success and no success without experience. Every young professional has faced this vicious circle at least once in their life. They may have been successful students and yet have hard to get admitted to professional ensembles. The Mannheim Philharmonic gives such musicians what they lack – essential orchestra experience. The orchestra’s goal is to pave the path for those seeking a great professional career in music. It was founded in 2009 as a nonprofit project unique in many ways.
Every year about 2.000 instrumentalists graduate from German music universities. Only 150 orchestra positions open up annually nationwide and just half of them get actually filled. The result is a harsh competition for the desirable jobs in professional orchestras. The vicious circle of “no success without experience, no experience without success” begins. The Mannheim Philharmonic was founded in 2009 with the aim to create professional opportunities for young musicians and help them to make a smooth transition from student to professional life.
The Mannheim Philharmonic offers highly gifted young musicians an innovative and unique platform between student and professional life. Here they have the opportunity to work in a professional environment on highest musical level and gain fundamental experience in orchestral performance. During special training sessions with experienced tutors from leading orchestras the musicians acquire all necessary qualifications for a successful professional career.
So far many young musicians of the Mannheim Philharmonic have succeeded in winning a job in professional orchestras. They were appointed in tutti and solo positions in internationally renowned orchestras. Our alumni are still connected to the Mannheim Philharmonic and many of them return as tutors to share their experience with the younger generation.
The Mannheim Philharmonic has rapidly achieved international attention and recognition for its outstanding performances and thrillingly passionate music making. Being the youngest professional orchestra in Europe, this unique ensemble, founded in 2009, has appeared in many prominent festivals and concerts series throouhout China, Russia, Spain, Germany and Switzerland. It is a regular guest at international concert venues, such as among others the Philharmonie im Gasteig and Herkulessaal in Munich, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the Meistersingerhalle Nuremberg and the Liederhalle Stuttgart. It collaborates with acclaimed soloists such as among others, Mischa Maisky, Johannes Moser and Sergei Nakariakov.
Boian Videnoff is the founder and Artistic Director of the Mannheimer Philharmoniker. He has formed the orchestra's profile and toured with the young ensemble in China, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. As a guest conductor he works with orchestras such as, among others, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the WDR Radio Orchestra in Cologne, the Radio Orchestra of Italian Switzerland, the Biel-Solothurn Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra Bratislava, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Sinfonietta, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest, the Orchestre de Limoges et du Limousin and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari.
Boian Videnoff was born in 1987 into a musical family in Sofia. He grew up in Italy and Germany, where he received his musical education on the violin and the piano from his parents. He has studied conducting with Jorma Panula and Gianluigi Gelmetti.