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The Musikkollegium Winterthur occupies a prominent position in Europe’s cultural landscape. The orchestra’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. Such a legacy entails obligations: no other classical symphony orchestra in Switzerland is as naturally committed to the modern classical repertoire as the Musikkollegium Winterthur. The ensemble also gives world première performances, most recently of works by composers such as Richard Dubugnon, Johannes Maria Staud and David Philip Hefti. The orchestra’s other repertoire focuses on the classical and early romantic periods. With more than 40 seasonal concerts as well as foreign tours and an award-winning musical education programme, the orchestra is an outstanding institution. Many personalities have contributed to the excellent quality of the ensemble: not only former chief conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst, Heinrich Schiff and Thomas Zehetmair, but also internationally sought-after soloists – who always return to Winterthur with pleasure. The Musikkollegium Winterthur is now launching the 2021/22 season under its promising young Chief Conductor, Roberto González-Monjas.