The city has an orchestra of world renown in the Duisburg Philharmoniker. The opera and concert orchestra was founded back in 1877.
An accomplished and powerful orchestra
Famous conductors, internationally in-demand soloists, guest performance tours, radio sessions and multi-award-winning CD recordings are a testament to the standing and reputation of the Duisburg Philharmoniker. As an orchestra steeped in tradition – it celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2017 – the Duisburg Philharmoniker is committed to providing unforgettable musical experiences.
Such experiences range from intimate recital evenings, chamber concerts, serenade concerts and concerts for children and young people to philharmonic concerts, opera performances and large open-air events that attract thousands of visitors. The Duisburg Philharmoniker feels equally at home on the concert stage of the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle, which is renowned for its excellent acoustics, as it does in the orchestra pit of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. It is always a welcome guest at the region’s major festivals (Ruhrtriennale, NOW!, Klavier-Festival Ruhr). The powerful orchestra constantly endeavours to win over new audiences with innovative educational concert projects. In film concerts and dance and crossover projects, the Duisburg Philharmoniker regularly goes beyond the boundaries of classical music without shying away from other music genres.
For the 2017/18 concert season, Axel Kober, general musical director of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, is taking on the role of principal conductor for two seasons.