German orchestras create new jobs

German orchestras create new jobs


norman lebrecht

January 28, 2020

For the frst time since 1990, Germany orchestras have reversed their carefully managed decline.

The German Orchestra Association (DOV) reckons that there were 9,766 positions in orchestras, some 20 more than the year before

At the reunfication, Germany had 168 orchestras with 12,159 jobs. It now has 129 orchestras.

Gerald Mertens, Managing Director of DOV, expects a further job increase in the year ahead.




  • John Borstlap says:

    Good news…. after all, Germany is the heartland of classical music, so what happens there is important elsewhere in terms of signals.

    I suppose when there are more jobs available in orchestras, that means that audience attendance has increased, and / or that funding has increased. Let’s hope so.

  • Mike Schachter says:

    A decline to 129 orchestras is not bad