Junge Kammerorchester Stuttgart (JuKO)
Young Chamber Orchestra of Stuttgart
The Junge Kammerorchester Stuttgart (JuKO) (Young Chamber Orchestra of Stuttgart) developed quite rapidly over its 40 year tradition into an ensemble with a unique profile. Since Charlotte Azone von Cube founded the ensemble in 1960, the JuKO dedicates itself to the entire concert literature from the baroque era to the present. In 1983, the JuKO was integrated into the work of the Stuttgart Music School.
JuKO works regularly with internationally known soloists and conservatory professors such as Anke Dill, Gunter Teuffel, Christian Ostertag and Christine Busch. This provides the young instrumentalists with important artistic experiences and important contacts for their artistic future. Since 2008, the Württembergischen Kammerorchester Heilbronn has collaborated together with JuKO as an official “tutti pro” Partner Orchester. This cooperation allows the students to gain significant artistic experiences and impulses directly from professional musicians.
Interesting programs are the specialty of the JuKO, which gives concerts regularly in the Wießen Saal of the Neue Schloss and in many other concert series in the state of Baden-Würrtemberg.
Many former members of the JuKO now sit in the top orchestras of Germany and abroad. The orchestra has toured extensively throughout Germany and the world. Recent destinations have included: Japan, Hong Kong, China, London, St. Petersburg, the USA and Canada.
In 2009, the orchestra completed a successful concert tour of Taiwan, playing a concert in the “National Theater and Concert Hall” in Taipei. In 2010 JuKO travelled to Switzerland and in 2011 they performed several concerts in Cyprus. Since 2012, the Junges Kammerorchester Stuttgart is the resident orchestra of the Millepini Music Festival in Montegrotto, Italy. Here they perform 4-5 concerts every summer in Padua, Venice and the surrounding region.
In 2014, JuKO made a professional recording of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony under the direction of their conductor, Alexander G. Adiarte.
Alexander G. Adiarte, Conductor
Alexander G. Adiarte was born in Minnapolis, Minnesota. He studied Music and Violin Performance with Erick Friedman at Yale Universtiy and completed his Diploma in conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ in Leipzig.
The american conductor was a scholarship recipient of the International Ensemble Modern Academy with Helmut Lachenmann. Other scholarships include the Forum Neues Musiktheater at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, Akademie Musiktheater heute with Deutsche Bank, as well as the Richard Wagner Society.
In 2003, Adiarte received a Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship, where he participated in master classes with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Christoph von Dohnanyi, and Kurt Masur. Since then, he has also participated in Master Classes with Jorma Panula, Peter Eötvös, and Helmuth Rilling.
His multifaceted musical activities leaves great impressions both on the local level as well as worldwide on an international level. He assited in several productions at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Since 2006, Adiarte is the Artistic Director of the Leonberg Symphony Orchestra. In 2007 he was named the Orchestra Director of the Stuttgarter Musikschule, where he works closely with the Stuttgarter Philharmonic as well as the Württembergischer Kammerorchster Heilbronn. Since 2012, Adiarte is also the Artistic Director of the Orchesterverein Stuttgart, Germany’s oldest orchestral society.