The Zurich ensemble consists of just over 100 musicians from 20 countries, and can be heard performing about 50 programmes at more than 100 concerts per season. In the past two decades, the Orchestra has performed in over 70 cities in 14 countries, and has been accompanied on its tours by distinguished soloists such as Joshua Bell, Rudolf Buchbinder, Alfred Brendel, Julia Fischer, Hélène Grimaud, Gidon Kremer, Radu Lupu, Yo-Yo Ma, Viktoria Mullova, Maria João Pires and Sabine Meyer. At the beginning of this season the orchestra is going to perform in the musical capitals of South America.
More than 40 CD recordings document the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich’s rise to prominence. The recordings of all the Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms and Schubert symphonies attracted considerable attention from the public and critics alike, and garnered accolades such as the German Record Critics`Award, the Prix Choc, the Midem Classical Award and the Echo Klassik Prize. Concerts are regularly broadcast on SRF (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen), Radio Swiss Classic and the French TV channel Mezzo TV.
Family and chamber music concerts are specifically designed for young listeners. The children’s matinees playfully engage children in the world of music while parents enjoy chamber music on Sunday mornings. Schoolchildren of all ages participate in workshops with orchestra musicians or organise concerts from start to finish in the new «student manager» project. tonhalleLATE offers the twenty-somethings a unique event, a classical concert combined with an electro-dance party. TOZzukunft is a community platform for young people aged 18 to 30.
In recent years, the Orchestra has developed close relations with the guest conductors Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit and Bernard Haitink. Ton Koopman and Giovanni Antonini, prominent representatives of historical performance practice, also regularly conduct the Orchestra. Over a period of almost 20 years as Chief Conductor until the end of the 2013/14 season, David Zinman exercised a decisive influence on the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and now holds the title of Conductor Laureate. The Frenchman Lionel Bringuier is Chief Conductor and Music Director since August 2014.
1999 German Record Critics’Prize for the recording of all the Beethoven symphonies
2007 Midem Classical Award for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Christian Tetzlaff
2009 Prix Choc, awarded by Le Monde de la musique for the recording of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony
2011 Echo Klassik Prize for Mahler’s Eighth, Symphonic Recording of the Year, 19th century
2014 «Record Academy Award» for «the best sound quality recording» of Mahler`s Lied von der Erde