Festival Orchestra 2013
The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1945 has established itself as one of the most renowned ensembles of its kind and holds a prominent position in the international orchestral landscape. Michael Hofstetter has been principal conductor since 2006 and from the 2013/14 season will hand over the baton to his successor Matthias Foremny. The orchestra's first record was produced in 1949 and in 2012 it released it's most recent CD featuring works by Bartók and Lutosławski (ECM).
Numerous internationally recognized soloists have performed with the ensemble, which through worldwide guest performances plays a role akin to that of musical ambassadors. The orchestra's extensive collaboration in education and outreach projects is an important aspect of their work, for which in 2008 they were awarded the European Chamber Music Prize for extraordinary engagement by the European Cultural Foundation.
The Lyon and Berlin educated symphonic and opera conductor began his career as a harpist, working with renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Radio Orchestra France where he performed under the baton of distinguished conductors such as Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado.
His 2005 conducting debut was facilitated through Gustavo Dudamel and "El Sistema", and his development was furthered by scholarships from the German Music Council, "Music Theatre Academy Today" and the German Bank Foundation. Bello is a regular guest conductor with the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra, Pforzheim and the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, Leipzig. Opera productions have led him to conduct, amongst others the Komische Opera in Berlin.