Partners of the German Conductors' Award
Since 1986, the Kölner Philharmonie has become an integral part of music life. One reason for this is the variety of its programme containing great works from the symphonic repertoire, jazz sessions, folk and pop events and concerts that are dedicated to world debuts, premières and the lesser known works. Other reasons are the excellent acoustics and the distinctive atmosphere of the fantastic, beautiful hall, which is modelled on an amphitheatre.
The Oper Köln is one of the leading international operas and understands itself as a guarantor of high-quality performances in both musical and scenic terms. Great names of singers and conductors are linked to the history of the house. Cologne is currently the place for relevant and innovative musical theatre of the highest quality. Under the current director, Dr. Birgit Meyer, the house has the claim to be an opera open to the citizens of Cologne and, based on its tradition, considers itself as a young and international opera.
The Gürzenich-Orchester Köln is one of the leading orchestras in Germany, both in the realm of concerts and of operas. Its name refers to the Gürzenich, Cologne's historic representative ballroom, where concerts have been taking place since 1857. The traditional orchestra from Cologne has already premiered numerous important works, among them the Double Concerto of Brahms, the 5th Symphony of Mahler or "Till Eulenspiegel" of Strauss. Since 1986, the ensemble has been based in the Philharmonic building, where, under the direction of Gürzenich conductor François-Xavier Roth, as well as other distinguished conductors, it can be enjoyed with its roughly 50 concerts per year.
In cooperation with great conductors, soloists and composers, and in a regular partnership with the most important concert halls and festivals, the WDR Sinfonieorchester exerts a very special influence on the musical offer of the broadcaster WDR and represents it. In addition, the WDR Sinfonieorchester is not only a regular guest on the international stage; it also makes classical music accessible to a wide audience through the WDR's radio and television broadcasts. In addition, it is making an important contribution to cultural education in the field of music education through a wide range of projects.