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Top class.

Founded in 1868, it is the oldest symphony orchestra in Switzerland. When the Tonhalle Zurich opened in 1895, the orchestra received a hall which is classed as one of the best in the world in terms of its acoustics.

Top-class conductors have shaped the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and made it what it is today.

Chief conductors to date:
Friedrich Hegar, Volkmar Andreae, Erich Schmid, Hans Rosbaud, Rudolf Kempe, Gerd Albrecht, Christoph Eschenbach, Hiroshi Wakasugi and David Zinman.

Famous guest conductors:
Karl Böhm, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Otto Klemperer, Rafael Kubelik, Carl Schuricht and Bruno Walter.

Recently: Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, Marek Janowski, Mariss Jansons, Gennady Rozhdestevensky, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Mark Elder, Andris Nelsons, Philippe Jordan etc.