The Gürzenich-Orchester Köln (Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne) is one of Germany’s leading orchestras for concerts and opera performances. The ensemble, which has almost 130 musicians, contributes substantially to the success of the Cologne Opera, whose international standing has been manifested for years in first-rate performances. The Gürzenich Orchestra has been one of the two resident orchestras of the Cologne Philharmonic Hall since the Hall’s opening in 1986. Every season, the orchestra performs around 50 concerts in the Philharmonic Hall for more than 100,000 listeners.
The name “Gürzenich Orchestra” refers to Cologne’s Gürzenich Hall, which is much older than world-famous concert halls such as Vienna’s Musikvereinssaal (1870) and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw (1888). For a long time, the Gürzenich was considered one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world. Throughout its history, the orchestra has always attracted the world’s leading composers and interpreters and performed the world premieres of famous works such as Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto, Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks and Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.