Basel Sinfonietta

About us

The Basel Sinfonietta is a full symphonic orchestra specializing in contemporary music – and is thus a unique ensemble worldwide. The Principal Conductor of the Basel Sinfonietta is Baldur Brönnimann.

Driven by its commitment to performing cutting edge music through commissioned works, world premieres and Swiss premieres, the Basel Sinfonietta has been transcending classical concert conventions since its founding in 1980 and embraces an exploratory approach to other genres and cultures in its programming.

In addition to its own series of six subscription concerts, the Basel Sinfonietta is a regular guest at local festivals such as ZeitRäume Basel and Culturescapes. The Basel Sinfonietta is also one of the cooperation partners of the Theater Basel, the Kaserne Basel and the Kunstmuseum Basel.

The Basel Sinfonietta's growing international profile has been demonstrated in recent seasons by appearances at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the International Summer Courses for New Music, the Dialoge Festival of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation and at Warsaw Autumn.

Recordings of Basel Sinfonietta concerts are regularly broadcast by Swiss radio SRF 2 Kultur as well as by international radio stations.

Highlights of the 2021/22 season include guest performances at Art Basel, the Bern Music Festival and Theater Basel; collaborations with composer Unsuk Chin and composers Jonathan Bepler, Dieter Ammann and Hèctor Parra; with pianist Joonas Ahonen, the chamber ensemble of the Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos (OEIN), the NDR Bigband and the VEIN Trio; and with conductors Pablo Rus Broseta and Jörg Achim Keller.

The Basel Sinfonietta is a self-governing orchestra. As the orchestra is organized as an association, all musicians can participate in the democratic decision-making process on the orientation and programming of the ensemble.

The Basel Sinfonietta is financially supported by the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, among others.