orchester.ch is the umbrella association of Swiss professional orchestras.

We represent the interests of our members in respect of fulfilling their diverse remits as musical institutions and also in respect of their activities as orchestral sponsors and/or concert organizers. We are committed to the preservation of professional orchestras as we know them today, and to their development to ensure a top-class orchestral culture in this country.

We see our overriding task as promoting the contemporary, future-oriented communication of cultural values involving all current media forms, by assisting our members in preserving, developing and disseminating musical art forms. We do this by fostering collaboration and solidarity among our members, supporting coordination with national and international partners, and championing the interdisciplinary networking of professional Swiss orchestras.

Encouraging a broad musical education that is accessible to all social strata is particularly important to us.

We maintain an active dialogue in the Swiss and European cultural landscape and communicate openly with cultural practitioners, cultural mediators, the media and all social classes.

orchester.ch is a member of CULTURA: www.cultura.ch and of PEARLE*: www.pearle.ws/en

Organization chart

All the information on the Association’s organization can be found here.


The Association’s statutes are available here in German, French and Italian.

Annual reports

An overview of the annual reports is available here in German and French.








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Our board

The board of orchester.ch consists of three to five members and is self-constituting. The President is elected by the Association’s assembly.

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Toni J. Krein

Toni J. Krein

Toni J. Krein is a dramaturge and cultural mediator with extensive experience in the area of concerts and musical theatre. He has been Artistic Administrator of the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, a co-founder of the Frankfurt Feste and leading dramaturge at the Lucerne Theatre. He has worked for the composer Hans Werner Henze, and has been the Artistic Administrator of the Lucerne International Festival of Music (now the Lucerne Festival). He was subsequently chief executive and joint artistic director of European Music Month 2001 in Basel, and from 2002 until the end of 2011 he was Head of Corporate Cultural Sponsorship at Credit Suisse. He has been President of orchester.ch since December 2010. He sits on the boards of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra ZKO and the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, and on the foundation council of the Davos Festival.

E-Mail: krein@orchester.ch

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Franziskus Theurillat

Franziskus Theurillat
Director of the Sinfonieorchester Basel

Franziskus Theurillat has been director of the Basel Symphony Orchestra since 2000. In addition to his main profession he is engaged as a member of various foundation councils and as an independent lecturer and speaker. He received his musical training at the Basel Academy of Music – the cornet as a main discipline and the piano as a secondary discipline. In parallel with other musical studies in Stuttgart and Dresden, he studied business administration. In his early years as a cornet player he has performed in orchestras such as the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger, Yehudi Menuhin, Armin Jordan, Mario Venzago among others. His solo and chamber musician activities have led him to many countries in Europe, Asia and South America.

E-Mail: f.theurillat@sinfonieorchesterbasel.ch

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Florian Scheiber

Florian Scheiber
Concert Director of the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen
Konzert und Theater St. Gallen

Florian Scheiber was born in Togo, West Africa, in 1968. After completing his studies for the diploma in “Languages, Economic and Cultural Studies” at the University of Passau, he first worked as orchestral manager of the pan-European Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, founded by Claudio Abbado, which is based in Vienna. After five years’ experience in Vienna managing an international youth orchestra that frequently toured in Europe, the USA and Cuba, Florian Scheiber joined the three-genre theatre in Münster, North Germany, as the director of the city’s symphony orchestra – his first professional orchestral management post. Florian Scheiber has been concert director of the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen since 2004.

E-Mail: F.Scheiber@sinfonieorchestersg.ch

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Dieter Kaegi

Dieter Kaegi
Artistic Director of the  Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn

Attended schools and university in Zurich. Held permanent posts as Assistant Director and Evening Supervisor at the Zurich Opera House, English National Opera and Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Assistant to the Artistic Director of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Production Manager at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Artistic Director of Opera Ireland – and since 2013 Artistic Director of TOBS (Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn). Since 2016 he has sat on the committees of the Union of Swiss Theatres (UST) and orchester.ch.

E-Mail: Dieter.Kaegi@TOBS.ch

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Roman Steiner

Roman Steiner
Managing Director

Managing director of the Union of Swiss Theatres (UST) since 1 December 2016, Roman Steiner has also been managing director of orchester.ch since 1 September 2017. A solicitor and legal expert, Steiner previously spent thirteen years with the legal service of the Education and Culture Department of the canton of Lucerne, where he was the department’s deputy secretary. He has for many years been active in an honorary capacity in the cultural field – as a member of the board of Fumetto, Lucerne’s International Comic Festival, for example. From 2010 until April 2017 he was President of the association that supports Lucerne’s Südpol centre for the performing arts.

E-mail: steiner@orchester.ch

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