The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra has been an orchestra for the people of Hamburg since it was founded in 1957. The home of the concert orchestra has always been the Laeiszhalle, a venue steeped in tradtion. Since the opening of the Elbphilharmonie it has been called »Symphoniker Hamburg – Laeiszhalle Orchester« (English: »Hamburg Symphony Orchestra – Laeiszhalle Orchestra«).
Here the Symphony Orchestra and its artistic director Daniel Kühnel create popular subscription programmes and special concerts including silent films with live film music. Highlights of the year include regular opera performances at the State Opera House or at the Academy of Music, as well as open-air summer concerts in the Town Hall courtyard. Since the 2018/2019 season, the orchestra has been led by the world-renowned opera and concert conductor Sylvain Cambreling, who succeeded Sir Jeffrey Tate, who passed away in June 2017, and who has received considerable international acclaim for his rousing, imaginative, and colourful performances.
With concerts of the highest standard, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra has become an essential part of the city's musical life in recent decades. This claim is reflected in well thought-out programmes and the targeted selection of soloists and long-term artistic partners such as Martha Argerich. The symphonists see themselves as a "thinking orchestra" and, together with all the other players in the Hamburg music world, want to give their city its own musical voice. With a wide range of educational opportunities, they are present throughout the city and bring the sound of Hamburg to the world on national and international tours. The first Martha Argerich Festival of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra took place in June 2018 and this will continue in June 2019.