François-Xavier Roth conducting »Notations« by Pierre Boulez, his inauguration in September 2015.

With its membership of 130 musicians, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne is one of Germany’s leading symphonic and opera orchestras. The orchestra plays about 50 concerts annually at the Cologne Philharmonie, where more than 100,000 visitors hear it every year. As the orchestra of the Cologne Opera, the Gürzenich Orchestra gives approximately 160 performances per year.

Chamber concerts featuring the orchestra’s musicians in many performance venues complement these activities. »Ohrenauf!«, the orchestra’s award-winning children’s and youth programme, has expanded its offerings to senior citizens as well, true to its motto »Music for everyone!«.

François-Xavier Roth und his stunning Gürzenich Orchestra let the music speak to us.

The Times about The CD with Mahlers Symphony No. 3

Maybe I found a musical home here in Cologne (...), the Orchestra is delightful, it's a real pleasure ...

Gustav Mahler, in a letter to his wife Alma

The Gürzenich Orchestra champions modern music of all epochs. It is equally at home in the classical-romantic repertoire as in contemporary music. Composers such as Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler entrusted their works to the Gürzenich Orchestra – today, every season is enriched by numerous world premieres or first performances.

Since the 2015/16 season, the orchestra’s chief conductor, who bears the title Gürzenich-Kapellmeister and General Music Director of the City of Cologne, has been François-Xavier Roth. Focusing on the music of Hector Berlioz, Béla Bartók, Camille Saint-Saëns or Robert Schumann, on a cycle of all Bruckner symphonies, working with Philippe Manoury as a »Composer for Cologne«, but also in cooperation as for example with musicians of Cologne’s electronic-music scene, he has continuously been expanding the orchestra’s profile. Special attention is also devoted to the programmatic consistency between symphonic, chamber music and opera performances, in order to illuminate specific composers in the full breadth of their oeuvre. Concert tours through Europe and Asia, but also the streaming service »GO Plus« ensure the orchestra’s international presence.

Concert at the ancient hall »Gürzenich«, 1924

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