April 2021 - Extra concert: Musica Lirica

A cooperation project with Ursula Koelner and musicians from the Tonhalle Zürich, the Philharmonia and the Musikforum Wetzikon. Experience the world premiere of «musica lyrica»!

Jonas Bürgin

Ursula Koelner (Violine)
Franz N. Rechsteiner (1941*)
"Musica lyrica" ​​for violin and chamber orchestra (world premiere)
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Symphony No. 49 in F minor, "La Passione"
To the program
With the violin concerto "musica lyrica", the Thalwil composer Franz N. Rechsteiner wrote an internalized and deeply moving music. The Wetziker musician Ursula Koelner will premiere the work on April 24, 2021 in Thalwil and is pleased to present this music in Wetzikon. With the Sturm und Drang Symphony "La Passione" by Joseph Haydn, the young, very successful conductor Jonas Bürgin shows his deep understanding of music and creates a magical atmosphere in which the music sounds like new. The chamber orchestra is a co-production with musicians from the Junge Zürcher Harmoniker, the Tonhalle-Orchester, the Philharmonia and the Musikforum Wetzikon.
reformierte Kirche
Sat, 24. April 2021
07:00 PM
Rudolf Steiner Schule, grosser Saal
Sun, 25. April 2021
11:00 AM
Ursula Koelner
Ursula Koelner, Violine

Ursula Koelner studied violin with Nicolas Chumachenco and piano with Annette Weisbrod. After completing her concert diploma in Basel with Hansheinz Schneeberger, she began her orchestral work in the Basel Radio Symphony Orchestra and later in the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. For almost 30 years she has been teaching at the Zurich Conservatory, which is now integrated into the Zurich City Music School. She also looks after students with a minor in violin at the Zurich University of the Arts and in their educational training. In her long teaching activity, she was able to inspire many children, young people and adults for music. Her own concert as a musician means a lot to her, curious, searching for more in-depth statements and larger contexts, Ursula Koelner is inspired by different styles and shows little fear of contact.

She plays early baroque literature on her baroque violin or gypsy music from Romania and Russia as well as tangos from Piazzolla and Swiss folk music with her TRIO D`ACCORDO. In 2004 she was allowed to premiere Franz Rechsteiner's liturgical solo cantata for alto, violin and organ at Christmas in the Jesuit Church in Lucerne. During the development and performance of the Concertino for violin, positive organ, string orchestra and timpani in 2017, Franz Rechsteiner was busy with his own new work, a violin concerto. At the end of the year he presented his work “musica lyrica” to Ursula Koelner, and now it will be performed for the first time.

Limitless - postponed to spring 2022

Classics meet jazz – a programme without borders drawing from the richness of various cultures. Central to the concert is the jazzy cello concert by the Swiss composer Daniel Schnyder.

Jonas Bürgin

Christoph Croisé (Cello)
Ruven Ruppik (Perkussion)
D. Schnyder (1961*)
Concerto für Violoncello und Streicher (20‘)
M. Bruch (1838-1920)
Kol Nidrei (10‘)
F. Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Streichersinfonie Nr. 11 (40‘)
To the program
Classics meet jazz, old rules blend with youthful inspiration, a traditional prayer becomes a melody. The Junge Zürcher Harmoniker perform a programme without border, that I drawing from the richness of various cultures and combine them to a new unity. Central to the concert is the jazzy cello concert by the Swiss composer Daniel Schnyder, which – for the first time – is being performed in the arrangement for sixteen strings. With the soloists Christoph Croisé and Ruven Ruppik, the audience can experience two internationally successful and versatile soloists, who are joining the orchestra for this concert tour.

Due to the uncertain situation regarding the COVID pandemic, the Grenzlos project will be postponed to spring 2022. More information and the new dates will be published on the website soon.

Christoph Croisé
Christoph Croisé

Christoph Croisé (1993*) is lauded for ‘delicate yet virtuosic’ playing (BBC Music Magazine) and ‘seamless subtleties of tone colour’ with ‘plenty of edge’ (The Strad). The Swiss-French-German cellist Christoph Croisé is quickly building an international reputation as one of the most captivating young concert soloists to emerge in recent years.

At the age of 17, he made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall, where he has performed on several occasions since. He also appears regularly in further world-renowned concert halls including the Tonhalle Zurich, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Wigmore Hall London, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Residenz Munich, the Capella St. Petersburg, the Philharmonia St. Petersburg and the State

Christoph Croisé began playing the cello at the age of seven under the tutelage of Katharina Kühne. Since 2007, he has been studying with Alexander Neustroev and, as of 2013, with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Berlin University of Arts. He has additionally benefited from major artistic advice from Steven Isserlis, Michael Sanderling, David Geringas, Walter Grimmer, and Frans Helmerson. Christoph Croisé plays on a Goffriller cello made in Venice in 1712.

Ruven Ruppik
Ruven Ruppik, Percussions

Born in 1986, Ruven auto-didactically got in touch with music from a young age and later on, at the age of eight, piano and drums set lessons started. It became clear quite fast that his focus would lay on Drums/Percussion and over the time, different projects emerged in which he could gain experience as a percussionist/drummer. Being 16 years old, Ruven Ruppik developed a strong interest in Western classical music and classical percussion; a few years later, in 2004 he won the national German competition „Jugend Musiziert“ in the category „Solo performance classical percussion“. He achieved the highest score and won the special price of the Japanese „Irino-Foundation“ for contemporary music and the „Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben“. He started to tour as a soloist all over Germany. Switzerland, Japan, France etc followed. During the time of his classical percussion studies, where he mainly focused on contemporary music, Ruven got in contact with music from the balkan countries. He immediately felt connected to the traditional music from this region and next to western classical - or contemporary music he started to study and perform traditional music from Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia etc.

Around this time he played and toured in various contemporary music projects and „world music ensembles“ all over Europe, China, Oman, Macedonia etc. In addition Ruven Ruppik had the great honour to work with very recognised artists from the Western classical music scene such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kurt Masur, Peter Eötvös, Peter Prommel, Martin Christoph Redel, Jaap van Sweden, just to name a few.

After his studies in Western classical music, he studied a bachelor of world-percussion in the worldmusic deparment of Codarts in Rotterdam and graduated with the highest mark and special honours. Additionally he studied a Master of Music in „North indian classical music - Tabla“ under the guidance of the great Tabla player Niti Ranjan Biswas and Bansuri Legend Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, and graduated with „Cum Laude“. Ruven Ruppik expresses himself through different music styles such as Flamenco, Mediterranean Music, Ottoman Music, Latin/Brazilian Music and explores the rich world of North indian classical music.


Spring 2020 - souvenir

Souvenir - a wistful memento of a past trip, a happy memory or an inspiring piece of something strange. Who doesn't know these little objects that you bring home! And they also exist in music: melodies from foreign countries, melancholy daydreams and exciting combinations of old and new.

Souvenir is a varied and exciting program from the Baroque to Brazil, played by a very special ensemble. The Young Zurich Harmonists bring together sixteen excellent young musicians and, together with the expressive soloist Valeria Curti, promise a high-quality and emotional concert experience.


Jonas Bürgin

Valeria Curti (Fagott)
Rebecca Ineichen (Cembalo)
Sir Edward Elgar
Serenade für Streicher in e-Moll, Op. 20
Johann Hertel
Konzert für Fagott und Streicher, a-Moll
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Konzert für Fagott und Streicher, a-Moll
Piotr Illitsch Tschaikowsky
Souvenir de Florence in d-Moll, Op. 70

September / October 2019 - barefoot
Barefoot - a feeling of freedom, simple happiness and closeness to nature. In the late romanticism and in the turbulent times of the dawning modern age, many composers sought a contrast to the increasingly monumental and complex musical works. They longed for simple and natural beauty and human sensations expressed through their music. Under the direction of Jonas Bürgin, the young Zurich harmonists let these beautiful and free melodies sound with their sensitive playing and are also looking for the hidden dark shadows. The Young Zürcher Harmoniker soloist orchestra brings together sixteen excellent music students to form a very special chamber ensemble that delights its audience with great joy in playing, gripping and emotional moments and virtuosity.
Robert Fuchs
Serenade Nr. 1, D-Dur, op. 9
Othmar Schoeck
Sommernacht, op. 58
Franz Schreker
Intermezzo aus der romantischen Suite, op. 8
Antonin Dvorak
Serenade, E-Dur, op. 22

March 2019 - Varioton
Existing material has always inspired artists to work and express themselves. When varied and reinterpreted, it gains a different expressiveness and creates new forms. The program opens with Arensky's Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky. Glazunov dared to try something strange by writing a concerto for saxophone, which up to now had its place as a solo instrument mainly in light music. With this he achieved a fruitful synthesis between new sounds and the romantic form of the instrumental concert. From the spirit of the song, Schubert and his quartet created a new form of chamber music. Central to the work, which deals impressively with transitoriness, is the variation on the song “Death and the Maiden”, created by the composer himself.

Jonas Bürgin

Valentine Michaud (Saxophon)
Variationen über ein Thema von Tschaikowsky, Op. 35a
Konzert in Es-Dur für Saxophon und Streicher, Op. 109
Op. 109 Glazunov Chant du Menestrel, Op. 71
Quartett Nr. 14, d-Moll, D 810 «Der Tod und das Mädchen» (Arr. Gustav Mahler)

September 2018 - Opernhausen
The opera La Vera Costanza by Joseph Haydn was written four years after Goethe's Werther, so the subject was very topical. In contrast to the Cecchina by Piccinni, which we performed in 2004, a happy ending is possible here without the good girl turning out to be a noblewoman. Haydn has succeeded in holding the scenes of the libretto, which is broad in style and content, together with beautiful arias and many ensembles and setting them to music in a grandiose and varied manner.

February 2018 - Spring light

Three young composers, 17 young music students and an exceptional pianist. It is well known that Mozart composed masterpieces as a child. But who knows the young Polish composer Karłowicz and who knows that Chopin wrote his touching and monumental first piano concerto when he was only 20 years old?

The Junge Zürcher Harmoniker play works by young composers from nearly three centuries, whose talents exceeded all norms. The maturity of the compositions and the variety of processed emotions fascinate and touch us to this day. All the more so when this music is played by equally young, talented artists.


Jonas Bürgin

Rafael Rütti (Piano)
Wolfgang A. Mozart
Divertimento für Streicher, D-Dur, KV 136
Frédéric Chopin
Klavierkonzert in e-Moll, Op. 11, Version für Klavier und Streichquintett
Mieczys?aw Kar?owicz
Streicherserenade, Op. 2

September 2017 - Idyll?
The summer program of the Junge Zürcher Harmoniker revolves around three aspects of the idyll. In the middle is Janáček's early work with the same title "Idyll". The seven movements of this work are for the most part characterized by the ease and satisfaction of a young composer who went on long hikes in the Bohemian countryside with his friend Antonin Dvořák.

Jonas Bürgin

Aleksandar Ivanov, Nora Peterhans, Hani Song
Gioia Steiner (Violinen)
Samuel Mittag (Viola)
Tatjana Kobza (Cello)
Camille Saint-Saëns
Prélude zu Le Déluge, Op. 45
Leoš Janá?ek
Idyll für Streichorchester, JW 6/3
Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin
Sevdana für Violine und Streicher
Edvard Grieg
Streichquartett g-Moll, Op. 27 (Arr. Richard Tognetti)

Florestan und Eusebius
February 2017 - Florestan and Eusebius
Florestan, the stormy and extrovert; Eusebius, the elegiac and contemplative. Not only the person of Schumann, the inventor of these two fantasy figures, is shaped by this duality, but also the music lives from that elementary basic conflict. The resulting dialogue finds its strictest form in the baroque fugue. Mozart's preoccupation with Bach's fugues represents a crisis and a revolution in his work. The result is his tension-laden fugue in C minor, the richness of which is sharpened by the conduction-like introduction.

Jonas Bürgin

Chiara Enderle (Cello)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Adagio und Fuge in c-Moll, KV 546
Robert Schumann
Cellokonzert in a-Moll, op. 129
Antonín Dvo?ák
Notturno, op. 40
Ludwig van Beethoven
Streichquartett Nr. 11 in f-Moll, op. 95, in einer Streichorchesterfassung von G. Mahler

September / October 2016 - Shadow plays
Shostakovich is in despair over the diagnosis of a severe spinal cord disease and composes his own autobiographical requiem. With the combination of jazzy sounds and bitonality, Smit found his own, unmistakable tonal language before he was executed in the concentration camp in 1943. And at the age of fourteen Schubert wrote a dramatic overture that sounds like a painful farewell to childhood. Three complementary and at the same time contrasting works that cast their shadows on the Jewish prayer Kol Nidrei set to music by Bruch and are simultaneously illuminated by it.

Jonas Bürgin

Nicolas Corti (Bratsche)
Franz Schubert
Ouvertüre in c-Moll, D. 8
Leo Smit
Konzert für Viola und Streichorchester
Max Bruch
Kol Nidrei für Viola und Streichorchester, op. 47
Dimitri Schostakowitsch
Kammersinfonie, op. 110a

March / April 2016 - Miniatures
The new program of the Young Zurich Harmonists presents masterpieces from Jean Sibelius to Robert Fuchs and gives these artistic miniatures space to unfold. The miniatures grab us with their simplicity, elegance and honesty. The focus is on six great Schubert songs, which ProArgovia artist 2014/15 Moritz Roelcke lets appear in a completely new light with his sonorous and emotional clarinet playing.

Jonas Bürgin

Moritz Roelcke (Klarinette)
Johann und Josef Strauss
Pizzicato-Polka für Streichorchester
Franz Schubert
Arr.: von Fabian Müller, 6 Lied-Transkriptionen für Klarinette und Streichorchester
Jean Sibelius
Impromptu für Streichorchester
Robert Fuchs
Serenade Nr. 3 in E-moll für Streichorchester, op. 21

May 2015 - Premiére
The concert program of the Young Zurich Harmonists is called Première and leads first of all from Sibelius ’longing sounds of the north to Sarasate's spirited gypsy tunes. Then the string serenade by the world-famous composer Tchaikovsky contrasts with the first work of the then young and talented Carl Nielsen.

Jonas Bürgin

Hani Song (Violine)
Jean Sibelius
Romanze in C op. 42
Pablo de Sarasate
Zigeunerweisen op. 20
Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky
Walzer und Élégie aus der Serenade für Streichorchester op. 48
Carl Nielsen
Kleine Suite op. 1