Winterthur occupies a prominent position in Europe’s cultural landscape. This is not only thanks to its art collections, but also to its boutique symphony orchestra – the Musikkollegium Winterthur – which is now launching the 2021/22 season with renewed vigour under its promising young Chief Conductor, Roberto González-Monjas.
The Musikkollegium Winterthur’s long history, which dates to 1629, has clearly left its mark: the commitment of bourgeois families in the 18th century is continued today by the numerous members of the association. The Stadthaus concert hall designed by Gottfried Semper dates from the 19th century and was inaugurated in the same year as Vienna’s Musikverein. The early 20th century was a particularly important time for Winterthur. Patron of the arts Werner Reinhart, together with conductor Hermann Scherchen, transformed the city into a centre of European musical life during this period. Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss and Anton Webern maintained links with the city, as did Clara Haskil and Wilhelm Furtwängler.