Zurich turns in a set of bad numbers

Zurich turns in a set of bad numbers


norman lebrecht

February 01, 2012

The Tonhalle Orchestra, which has risen to world renown under David Zinman’s inspired leadership since 1995, has been hit by bad results.

The actual loss is quite small – SFr 400,000 ($436,000) on a budget of SFr 29 million, but the underlying trend is alarming. Box-office is down 10 percent, subscriptions 7 percent, and capacity across the last season fell to a record low of 72 percent. Zinman is due to leave in 2014, along with chief executive Elmar Weingarten and president Peter Stüber.

A search committee has been appointed to nominate successors. Read on here.