Tonhalle-Orchestra Zürich / David Zinman / 2011
Tour Dates
  • 2 Nov - 6 Nov, 2011

Tour Dates: 2 Nov - 6 Nov, 2011

The Tonhalle Orchestra has developed into one of Europe's leading ensembles. Ground-breaking CD recordings of the orchestral works of Richard Strauss and the symphonies of Robert Schumann...

Ticket Information:

3rd Nov, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, hot-line: 021-68541234
5th Nov, Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts, hot-line: 010-66550000


In recent years, the Tonhalle Orchestra has developed into one of Europe's leading ensembles. Ground-breaking CD recordings of the orchestral works of Richard Strauss and the symphonies of Robert Schumann, for example – and most notably of all the Beethoven symphonies, overtures and solo concertos – paved the way for the orchestra's rise to prominence. Wherever the Tonhalle Orchestra performs, be it in Switzerland, Europe or overseas, it is enthusiastically received by audiences and critics alike. Ever since 1999, when the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich won the German Record Critics' Prize for its seminal recording of all the Beethoven symphonies, it has been at the centre of worldwide attention. Since then, well over one million Beethoven CDs have been sold. The first seven CDs of the Mahler cycle are already available.

100 musicians

This process was initiated and has been continued by just over hundred highly motivated musicians and their committed conductor. David Zinman, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra since 1995, extended his contract until 2014: continuity is thus assured. Zurich audiences can continue to look forward to approximately one hundred concerts featuring about fifty varied programmes!

Switzerland's oldest symphony orchestra

Founded in 1868, the Tonhalle Orchestra is Switzerland's oldest symphony orchestra. The opening of the Tonhalle Zurich in 1895 gave the orchestra a concert hall – its "home base" – that is considered by audiences and acoustics specialists as one of the best in the world.

Top-class conductors

Influential chief conductors such as Volkmar Andreae, Hans Rosbaud, Rudolf Kempe, Gerd Albrecht, Christoph Eschenbach and David Zinman have ensured that the orchestra plays a key role in Switzerland's musical life. Famous guest conductors have worked with the ensemble – from Karl Böhm to Wilhelm Furtwängler, Otto Klemperer and Rafael Kubelik, and from Carl Schuricht to Bruno Walter. More recently, conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, Marek Janowski, Mariss Jansons, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Wolfgang Sawallisch have also performed with the Tonhalle Orchestra.

The Chief Conductors of the Tonhalle Orchestra

Friedrich Hegar (1868–1906)

Volkmar Andreae (1906–1949)

Erich Schmid (1949-1957) and Hans Rosbaud (1957-1962)

Rudolf Kempe (1965-1972) and Charles Dutoit (1967-1971)

Gerd Albrecht (1975-1980)

Christoph Eschenbach (1982-1986)

Hiroshi Wakasugi (1987-1991)

Claus Peter Flor (Permanent Guest Conductor 1991-1995)

David Zinman (since 1995)

David Zinman

Chief Conductor and Artistic Director since 1995/96n

David_ZimanDavid Zinman has been Chief Conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra since the 1995/96 season. Under his aegis as Artistic Director, the Orchestra has developed into an outstanding ensemble, celebrated highly successful tours in Europe, the United States and Asia, and recorded numerous CDs. The recording of all the Beethoven symphonies was awarded the German Record Critics' Prize in 1999.

David Zinman, born in New York in 1936, initially trained at the Oberlin Conservatory, then at the University of Minnesota. While studying conducting at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Music Center he attracted the attention of Pierre Monteux, who arranged for his first important performances with the London Symphony Orchestra and at the Holland Festival, to name but a few.

From 1964, Zinman was Chief Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the Netherlands; this position was followed by chief conductorships with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and, from 1985, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which developed into one of the most important American orchestras under his leadership. David Zinman frequently conducts the renowned American orchestras in Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and New York; in Europe, he regularly guest conducts the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the London Philharmonia Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

David Zinman is particularly concerned with promoting young conductors: as Director of the Aspen Music Festival, each year he gives 20 talented young maestros the opportunity to work intensively with professional orchestras and to benefit from the experience of great conductors.

In May 2000, David Zinman was awarded the title of "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres"; in 2002 he won the Art Prize of the City of Zurich, and in 2006 the Theodore Thomas Award, which is presented by the Conductors Guild every two years.

David Zinman has extended his contract with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich until 2014. The Zinman era will then go down in the history of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich as the third-longest period in office of a Chief Conductor.


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