Honorary conductors

In its long history the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne has named two honorary conductors. Günter Wand, who played an important part in Cologne’s musical life from 1946 to 1974 as General Music Director and Gürzenich Music Director, and Dmitri Kitaenko. The orchestra has been working closely with the Russian conductor for over 30 years. Award-winning recordings demonstrate the successful collaboration.

Günter Wand

Günter Wand

Günter Wand led the Gürzenich-Orchester Cologne from 1946 to 1974 and became the Orchestra's first honorary conductor in 1987.

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Dmitrij Kitajenko

Dmitrij Kitajenko(c)Paul Leclaire

Dmitri Kitaenko has been honorary conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne since 2009.

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