The Haydn Philharmonic was founded by Adam Fischer in 1987 under the name of Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic out of members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Hungarian National Philharmonic. The orchestra quickly made a name for itself thanks to numerous tours and performances throughout Europe, the USA, Japan, Korea and China. It regularly performs in Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, the Budapest MÜPA, the Tonhalle Zürich, Festival Hall Baden-Baden, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, the London BBC Proms and the New York Mostly Mozart Festival.
Starting with the season 2015/2016 Nicolas Altstaedt was appointed Artistic Director of the orchestra. Among the highlights of the 2016/2017 season with Nicolas Altstaedt are the performance of Haydn’s Creation, an extensive tour through China ans well as appearances with Marc Minkowski, Alexander Lonquich, Francois Leleux, Sharon Kam and Mikko Franck. Adam Fischer remains closely connected with the orchestra.
Between 1987 and 2001 they have recorded all of Haydn’s symphonies together; the recordings of the symphonies 40 to 54 earned the accolade of Best of the Year from the Gramophone magazine. Between 2004 and 2008 Adam Fischer and the Haydn Philharmonic re-recorded the London symphonies by Haydn. Recordings of this set were awarded in 2006 and 2008 with the prestigious Echo Klassik award. The recording of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 with Sharon Kam received a Diapason D’or in 2011.