The Orchestra of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

 

The University Orchestra of Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf was founded in 1987 by a small group of music loving students. Since then the Orchestra has been conducted by Silke Löhr and became one of the cultural representatives of the city.

The ensemble has already played in renowned concert halls such as Leipziger Gewandhaus, National Philharmonic Hall Warschau and Tonhalle Zurich. With performances of great oratorio pieces in cooperation with the University Choir Düsseldorf the musicians were regularly guests in the Tonhalle Düsseldorf as well as in numerous churches in the Düsseldorf area. Furthermore the orchestra took part in the Düsseldorfer Altstadtherbst (a cultural festivity), in the Euroga at Castle Benrath Düsseldorf and played in the former Schumannsaal as well as in the Kö-Galerie (shopping gallery).

Numerous concert journeys took the orchestra to Croatia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Israel, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, France and Switzerland. In September 2005 the musicians gave concerts in Beijing and Shanghai and as official ambassadors of North Rhine-Westphalia during the German-Japan-Year in Tokyo and Shizuoka. In spring 2013 a successful tour to Portugal with concerts in Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra has been made.

To their 10th-year-anniversary the president of Heinrich-Heine-University awarded the Orchestra for their achievements as musical ambassadors with the medal of honour of the university. The Orchestras 20th birthday was celebrated in 2008 with a concert in the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. In March 2010 a special concert in cooperation with the Wagner Society Orchestra of Keio University Tokyo, a renowned partner university of Heinrich-Heine-University, was organized. In 2013 the Orchestra celebrated its 25th anniversary with an anniversary concert in the Tonhalle Düsseldorf and an open-air-concert in front of the city hall Düsseldorf where many former members of the Orchestra came from near and far to play along with the current members.

The repertoire of the University Orchestra comprises the great romantic symphonies as well as contemporary works and classical and baroque pieces. Regularly some members of the orchestra form chamber ensembles to undertake chamber orchestra projects and give chamber music concerts within and outside of the university.

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