Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

Swiss Re has been supporting the Tonhalle Orchestra since 1998 and started sponsoring the Artist in Residence programme in 2012.

The Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, originally established in 1868, is the oldest and most prominent symphony orchestra in Switzerland. It performs in one of the best concert halls worldwide, the Tonhalle Zurich, which opened in 1895. Its 100 or so musicians from 20 nations give close to 50 different concerts in over a hundred venues a year. Since David Zinman took over as Music Director two decades ago, the Tonhalle Orchestra has played in over 70 cities in 14 countries. 2013/2014 will be the last season with David Zinman as Music Director. We are as excited as the Zurich Tonhalle Society about the new management coming on board with the 2014/2015 season. Lionel Bringuier will join the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra as its new chief conductor and music director, and Ilona Schmiel has been designated the new general director of the Zurich Tonhalle Society.

The Tonhalle also offers an event for younger audiences, called tonhalleLATE, which combines a classical concert with a party including electronic music. Only recently a new community platform was founded, TOZZukunft, which allows people from 18 to 30 to share their experience of classical music in live concerts, chats and backstage visits and opportunities to meet Orchestra musicians.

Artist in Residence

With some soloists the Tonhalle Orchestra maintains close and warm relations. As an artist in residence, a musician can perform in chamber music concerts with members of the Orchestra, making music among friends. The Artist in Residence programme offers a musician the opportunity to play a concert with the Tonhalle Orchestra. Additionally, she or he can present him or herself in a solo recital. This season the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra welcomes the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann.

Through our engagement and support of the Artist in Residence programme, we aim to live up to our role as an enabling force, and we look forward to hearing novel ideas and fresh perspectives.


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Artist in Residence programme

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