5 Questions for... Benedikt Stampa

7 February 2018

For the final stop of its most recent tour, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra returned to Konzerthaus Dortmund, where it performed a highly acclaimed concert under the direction of its Artistic Advisor Daniele Gatti.

The MCO's Managing Director Michael Adick spoke with Konzerthaus Dortmund's outgoing Artistic Director Benedikt Stampa, who leaves at the end of the 2017/18 season to assume the position of Artistic Director at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. In this conversation, which took place in the afternoon before the concert, they reflected on the MCO's past, present and future – and the important role Konzerthaus Dortmund has played over the years.

The MCO has appeared regularly at Konzerthaus Dortmund since you assumed the position of Artistic Director in 2005. What are some of your MCO highlights?

I’ve been at Konzerthaus Dortmund for 13 years, and the MCO has performed 28 concerts here! There are many highlights, but Daniel Harding’s concerts with the MCO have always been particularly special. Daniel is part of the MCO – part of the MCO’s beginnings and identity – and has appeared very many times here at Konzerthaus Dortmund with you: Otello [in 2010], or with the three Mozart symphonies [in 2016]… George Benjamin with Written on Skin [in 2016] was superb.