The Cappella Coloniensis is an orchestra of historical performance practice. Its aim is to play the compositions in the way they have sounded at the time of their origin according to the will and the ideas of the composer. With its debut in 1954 the Cappella was the first orchestra worldwide to play in the sense of this historical performance practice.
International concert tours followed in the 60ies and 70ies. In the USSR, in the Middle and the Far East, in Japan and in Europe as well as in North and South America the Cappella was welcomed enthusiastically and celebrated as ambassador of Germany and its hometown Cologne.
Among others Ferdinand Leitner, William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Joshua Rifkin, Rene Jacobs and Hans-Martin Linde are named to be among the most important conductors having stood at the desk of the Cappella Coloniensis during the course of the 50 years of its existence.
Bruno Weil has more and more often conducted since 1997. With him the Cappella was awarded the Echo-Klassik Preis of the German record industry two times. Finally the cooperation, which was artistically so successful and humanly extraordinarily harmonic, culminated in Bruno Weil's appointment as Art Director of the Cappella.
After 50 years under the patronage of Westdeutscher Rundfunk and on the brink to the new era of independence, the Cappella Coloniensis presented itself as young and innovative orchestra with the aim to present the compositions of the Baroque, however, to especially communicate the masterpieces of Classicism and Romanticism on highest level to people interested in music all over the world.
Bruno Weil - conductor
Art Director of the Cappella Coloniensis since 2003, he has made himself a name as one of the worldwide leading conductors in the area of Viennese Classicism both as guest conductor of big international orchestras and also in numerous CD recordings. He conducted among others the Berliner and Wiener Philharmoniker, the Dresdner Staatskapelle, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre National de France, the NHK Orchestra Tokyo, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Bruno Weil is in addition „principal guest conductor" of the Tafelmusik Orchestra Toronto. Recordings of Haydn's symphonies with the Canadian Tafelmusik Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the late Haydn masses, of Haydn's "Die Schöpfung" and Beethoven's piano concerts have set standards. However, Bruno Weil also made himself a name as Schubert interpreter of position. As Art Director Bruno Weil founded the music festival "Klang & Raum" in Kloster Irsee/Allgäu, is head of the Carmel Bach Festival in California and is professor for conducting at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Munich since October 2001.