The Rhine Philharmonic of Koblenz shows that even a concert orchestra with 350 years of renown, can offer fresh and innovative programmes and an array of concerts to fully explore and develop their musical potential. The orchestra was founded in 1654 as “Fürstbischöfliche Hofkapelle” (Prince-Bishop’s Court Orchestra). In 1973 the orchestra became a public institution of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate. The Rhine Philharmonic gives about 60 to 70 concerts every season, as well as 140 performances at the Theatre of Koblenz, including opera, operetta, musical and ballet.
This extensive repertoire makes the orchestra an important part of the intellectual, artistic and social life in Rhineland-Palatinate. Tours in Germany and abroad, the participation in international festivals, broadcasting and CD productions prove the orchestra’s high reputation and make it a most welcome guest in the renowned German and European concert halls.
Especially since the appointment of Daniel Raiskin as Chief Conductor in 2005, and the arrival of its own general manager in 2010, the orchestra was able to flourish artistically and to enhance its profile.
Over the last few years, the orchestra played major symphonic programmes in Milan, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Salzburg. The season 2011/12 includes several guest performances in Cologne, Wiesbaden, Karlsruhe and Mainz, as well as a tour of Austria, Switzerland and Milan.
The long-lasting co-operation with the “Musik-Institut Koblenz” allows the orchestra to perform major symphonic concerts also in its hometown Koblenz, with internationally known artists such as Mischa Maisky, Alexei Volodin, Julian Rachlin or Daniel Müller-Schott.
As well as the classical concerts, the Rhine Philharmonic provides a multi-faceted education programme for children, young people and families, but also for senior citizens. In addition the Rhine Philharmonic reaches new audiences through its jazz orchestra, “The Rhine Phillis Orchestra”.