|Alternative Spellings||Gürzenich Orchester Köln|
Markus Stenz - Conductor from 2003 to 2014
James Conlon - Conductor from 1990 to 2002
Marek Janowski - Conductor from 1986 to 1990
Yuri Ahronovitch - Conductor from 1975 to 1986
Günter Wand - Conductor from 1945 to 1974
Eugen Papst - Conductor from 1936 to 19
Hermann Abendroth - Conductor from 1915 to 1934
Fritz Steinbach - Conductor from 1903 to 1914
Franz Wüllner - Conductor from 1884 to 1902
Ferdinand Hiller - Conductor from 1850 to 1884
Heinrich Dorn - Conductor from 1843 to 1849
Conradin Kreutzer - Conductor from 1840 to 1842
The Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne (Gürzenich Orchester Köln) is a German symphony orchestra based in Cologne (Köln). On some recordings, the orchestra goes under the name "Gürzenich-Orchester Kölner Philharmoniker". Its name comes from its past principal concert venue, the Gürzenich concert hall in Cologne. Currently, its primary concert venue is the Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne Philharmonic Hall).
The Gürzenich Orchestra traces its origins to 1827, when a group of Cologne Bürger sponsored the creation of the "Cölner Concert-Gesellschaft" (Cologne Concert Society) to set up "Gesellschaftskonzerte" (Society concerts) and "Abonnementskonzerte" (subscription concerts). The orchestra began to give concerts at the Gürzenich concert hall in 1857, from which it derived its current name. In 1986, the orchestra took up residence at the Kölner Philharmonie. The orchestra also plays in opera productions in the Cologne Opera.
Since 2003, the Gürzenich-Kapellmeister, or chief conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra, has been Markus Stenz. He is scheduled to conclude his Gürzenich tenure in 2014. In February 2014, the city of Cologne announced the appointment of François-Xavier Roth as the next Generalmusikdirektor (GMD) of the city of Cologne, which includes the post of Gürzenich-Kapellmeister. The appointment of Roth as the 13th Gürzenich-Kapellmeister is effective on 1 September 2015, with an initial contract of 5 years. Wikipedia