The Palast Orchester was founded in 1986 by Max Raabe and a group of fellow music students in order to play music from the period of Germany ́s Golden Twenties.
In 1992 they found themselves in the German charts with their song “Kein Schwein ruft mich an” (Why does no one call), written by Max Raabe. Teaming up with film director Sönke Wortmann two years later for the film “Der bewegte Mann” (The Most Desired Man) made them known to a wider audience.
Concert tours abroad were soon to follow, the number of which clearly increased after the year 2000. At this time Max Raabe & Palast Orchester received an ECHO award for their CD “Charming Weill” and also scored well in international charts with two albums on which they interpreted modern pop songs in the style of the 20s. Specially their versions of “Sex Bomb”, “Oops, I did it again” and “Super Trouper” are asked for frequently to this day.
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester tour regularly to the USA and Canada where they give concerts in famous venues like Chicago Symphony Center, Davies Hall in San Francisco and New York ́s Carnegie Hall.
Over the years concert tours have also taken them to China, Japan, Italy, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Holland, France, England and most recently to Scandinavia and the Baltics.
In 2010 a successful tour to Israel attracted a great deal of attention. A filmed documentation opened the Jewish Film Festival Berlin-Potsdam and was also shown at similar events in other cities, for instance at the Film Festival Jerusalem.
Releases on DVD include concert recordings from Berlin ́s open air venue Waldbühne, the Festspielhaus Baden Baden (the show “Palast Revue”) and at Admiralspalast Berlin, an original theater from the 20s where they filmed “Heute Nacht oder nie” (Tonight Or Never) and “Eine Nacht in Berlin” (A Night In Berlin).
A few years ago Max Raabe teamed up with composer and producer Annette Humpe. They created the two Gold and Platinum awarded albums “Küssen kann man nicht alleine” (One Cannot Kiss Alone) and "Für Frauen ist das kein Problem" (which translates to “for women it ́s no problem”), both released by Universal / Deutsche Grammophon.