Credit: Maxim Schulz
The Klassikphilharmonie Hamburg (formerly Hamburg Mozart Orchestra) was founded in 1978 by the renowned conductors Robert Stehli. The experienced orchestral trainer was able in just a few years to create a sound that satisfies the highest demands. The orchestra is among the elite of German ensembles for years. It offers technical brilliance, its musical enthusiasm and his charisma on stage. The orchestra performs about 40 concerts every year. Its concerts are an esential part of the musical life of Hamburg. The sold-out performances are praised by the audience. Instead of a parade of famous soloists high-profile young names are often presented by Robert Stehli. A special highlight since 1996 are  HAMBURG PROMS – LAST NIGHT concerts. Klassikphilharmonie Hamburg has achieved impressive success both nationally and internationally. It performed at festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Mozart Festival in Würzburg. The orchestra toured in the European countries, South Korea and twice in the United States. Stehli and his musicians enjoy enthusiastic applause everywhere, and rave reviews testify to the international reputation of this orchestra.

Chief conductor Mike Steurenthaler

Mike Steurenthaler studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and philosophy at the University of Hamburg. Since then, he has conducted numerous orchestras at home and abroad, among others the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Lüneburg, the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Oslo, the European Youth Music Week Orchestra and regularly Klassikphilharmonie Hamburg. In addition to the orchestral work, Mike Steurenthaler is devoted to a wide repertoire of choral music and works regularly with the Hamburg concert choir, the Giuseppe Verdi Chor Hamburg, the Choir St. Johannis Altona and the Rendsburger Bach Choir. Since 2015 – chief conductor of Klassikphilharmonie Hamburg and leads the conducting class at the Johannes Brahms Conservatory in Hamburg.

Founder and Honorable conductor Robert Stehli

Robert Stehli is the founder of Klassikphilharmonie Hamburg (formerly Hamburg Mozart Orchestra). A native of Zurich, he studied at the conservatories in Zurich and Lübeck. The strong impression from Herbert von Karajan in Berlin influenced his will to maintain his career. Stehli's first creation, the Hamburg Bach Orchestra, was many years an international success, before he merged with two other orchestras, resulted in the Hamburger Symphoniker. Stehli was the director of this ensemble until he was appointed as chief conductor of the Lower Saxony Symphony Orchestra Hannover. In this new position, he has performed throughout northern Germany and had the opportunity to build a rich repertoire that includes all eras from Baroque to contemporary. He was also a regular guest conductor of the Northern Greek State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, appeared with a number of renowned orchestras, including the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in his hometown. Stehli returned back to Hamburg in 1978, where he was offered the chance to call the Hamburg Mozart Orchestra in life. In 2003, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the orchestra, Robert Stehli was awarded the Senator Biermann Rathjen Medal for his services to the Hamburg music life. In 2011, he was awarded with Federal Cross of Merit for his life's work. Robert Stehli passed the baton to Mike Steurenthaler in 2015 and since then is the Honorary Conductor of Klassikphilharmonie Hamburg.