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Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich is a world-class symphony orchestra with a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1868, the orchestra has become one of the most prestigious in Europe, known for its exceptional performances of classical and contemporary music. Concert videos from the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich are now available on

About Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

Classical music from Messiaen to Mozart: That is the passion of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich – and has been since 1868. When it plays with Paavo Järvi, a special energy is generated, because no concert is like the previous one. The orchestra loves the diverse stimuli it receives from its guest conductors and enjoys being challenged by internationally acclaimed soloists.

Along with its audience, the orchestra maintains a lively curiosity for unknown masterpieces and newly commissioned works. Founded by musicians from Zurich, it proclaims its musical home in its name and carries its excellent reputation around the world by means of tours and recordings.

In the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, 100 musicians play around fifty different programmes in over 100 concerts per season. The orchestra brings together musicians from twenty nations. Guest appearances have taken it to 100 cities in more than thirty countries. In addition to the orchestral projects, the musicians also create their own chamber music series and may be heard as soloists in a series specifically devoted to them. The Music Director Paavo Järvi is the eleventh principal conductor of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich; David Zinman is its conductor emeritus.

The orchestra has released more than forty recordings on CD, including complete cycles of the symphonies of Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms and Schubert. Its first recording with Paavo Järvi was devoted to orchestral works by Olivier Messiaen and was awarded the Diapason d’Or in 2019. This was followed by recordings of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and other orchestral works; the first release with the Fifth Symphony was awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2020 and the Diapason d’Or 2021. Together with Paavo Järvi the orchestra recently received the Europäischer Kulturpreis 2022.

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Paavo Järvi & Ilona Schmiel of TOZ

Paavo Järvi & Ilona Schmiel

Music Director & Artistic Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

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