The Orchestra

The German Radio Orchestra

The orchestra was formed in 1975 in the recording studios of WDR Cologne. Since Walter Schreiber took over the artistic direction as concertmaster, it has been able to remarkably expand and establish its instrumentation and repertoire. In regular projects, outstanding musicians from all German music metropolises come together in this top ensemble.


The DRKO also attracted attention in Europe with performances at the Flanders Festival in Belgium, the Carinthian Summer in Austria, the Pro Arte Festival in Italy and the Schwetzingen Festival. A tour of South America took the ensemble through Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

An Israel tour for concerts with the Gary Bertini Israeli Choir and DRKO solo cellist Joanna Sachryn is planned for the autumn-winter 2020/21. The DRKO will also perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the young and dynamic choir salto corale schaffhausen in the renowned concert series of the Musik-Collegium Schaffhausen (Switzerland). At the turn of the year 2020/21, the DRKO will again tour with conductor Walter Hilgers to the most important concert venues in China.

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