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Volker Hartung, Director and Principal Conductor of Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra









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Volker Hartung is regarded as one of the most talented and inspiring personalities in the music scene today. His unmistakable conducting style, great musical sensitivity and skill in handling orchestras as well as soloists make his Concerts unforgettable events, which he enhances with his witty and famously entertaining announcements to the works performed. His several decades of experience as an independent manager of ensembles have taught him how to form orchestras and to make them financially and artistically viable in the face of various obstacles.

Volker Hartung is an accomplished symphonic conductor specializing in musical and artistic development of global symphonic orchestras with many years of experience impacting major musical institutions through orchestration of European classical Romantic style and sound. He is able to nurture musicians into positions that leverage their talents to maximum effect. Hartung is an organizational leader, highly capable of coordinating musicians from diverse backgrounds.

His lectures on music history and performance technique are internationally renowned. Volker Hartung assumed the position of principal conductor of the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra after his studies with renowned Maestro Sergiu Celibidache and is today active as its Artistic Director.


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Volker Hartung conducts Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in „Kölner Philharmonie“ Cologne Philharmonic Concert Hall in Germany