Duisburger Philharmoniker Musicians


- that is what the 93 musicians of the Duisburger Philharmoniker work for with great enthusiasm. With its 140-year history, the Duisburger Philharmoniker is today one of the most important institutions in the cultural scene of North Rhine-Westphalia. At the center of each season are the 12 Philharmonic Concerts in the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle Duisburg. The orchestra's second home is traditionally the orchestra pit of the Duisburg Theater, a location of the long-standing theater partnership with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg.

As society changes, so does the concert audience. In keeping with the rich, diverse and open urban society in the Ruhr region, the Duisburger Philharmoniker continues to develop innovative concert formats and perform at a wide variety of venues throughout the city. The great commitment within the orchestra is also reflected in the self-curated chamber concert series "Profiles.” In this series the members of the Duisburger Philharmoniker passionately search for leads in the repertoire to make exciting cross-connections with other art forms. Great importance is also attached to historically informed performance practice and the commitment to contemporary music.

The down-to-earth nature of the Ruhr region and the open-heartedness of the Rhinelanders shake hands in Duisburg - this is evident in the closeness between the Duisburger Philharmoniker and its audience, as the 2017 "Audience of the Year" award went to Duisburg. Most recently, the orchestra members attracted national attention when they personally delivered via bicycle their annual program play! to all subscribers' homes in a CO2-neutral manner during the Corona crisis.

For us, being a member of Orchester des Wandels Deutschland means using the visionary power of music to inspire our listeners to protect the climate and the environment, while at the same time actively working for the future of our city.

Past Climate Concerts of the Duisburger Philharmoniker

26. September 2020
Climate Workshop #1- For a blooming Duisburg

Theater Duisburg, 4.30 pm & 7.30 pm. Enjoy beautiful music with a glass of wine and let's talk about sustainability: How important is it to us that we conserve our “Four Seasons” as we know them? Or that the bumblebee continues to fly outside of the concert hall?

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11. January 2022
Philharmonic Rock

Theater Duisburg, Jan. 11th & 12th at 19.30 p.m. Special fundraising concert by the Duisburger Philharmoniker with rock legend Peter Bursch and his All-Star Band in the Duisburg Theater.

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28. May 2022
Climate Workshop #2: For a blooming Duisburg

Theater Duisburg, Opera Foyer, 7:30 pm. In selected musical works performed by our musician ensembles, we trace the connection between art and nature; in short speeches, Duisburg climate activists present their valuable initiatives; and last but not least, we discuss the question of how future life in harmony with nature can be possible. Works by Erwin Schulhoff, Bedřich Smetana, Daniel Schnyder and others.

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17. June 2022
Magic of the Forest - Soundscapes and Habitats

Mercatorhalle Duisburg, 7:30 pm. The forest has always fascinated and attracted people. The atmospheric program aims to encourage people to open their eyes and ears to the endangered beauty of the forests.

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