History of the Orchestra

Founded in 2005 by Animato Foundation, Switzerland, our orchestra shares the objectives of other international youth orchestras to bring together the best young musicians from different nationalities and to form an project orchestra being trained by outstanding conductors and coaches and to be able to give public concert on a professional level.

Through its promoter – the Animato Foundation as a charitable institution (www.animatostiftung.ch) – the Animato Orchestra is not depending on material financial support and therefore not exposed to involvement neither artistically not administratively from any public, institution or private / commercial enterprise. This is distinguishing this youth orchestra from many others with similar objectives and programs.

The Animato Foundation has so far organised and successfully completed four different sponsoring cycle in years 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. Since 2006 more than 240 participating music students have become members of the “Philharmonie der Animato Stiftung”. The cities visited included Bratislava, Berlin, Bern, Graz, Istanbul, Karlsruhe, Ljubljana, Munich, Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, Zurich and others.

Major classical works performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Animato Foundation at the public concert included:

  • A. Dvorak Symphony No. 8 (2006)Protagonisten_V2
  • G. Mahler, Symphony No. 1 (2008)
  • S. Prokofjev, Romeo and Juliet (2010)
  • D. Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 (2012)
  • Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique, op. 14 (2014)


Most Impressive Concert Halls

Among the most impressive concert halls where Animato Orchestra members usually played for the first time were

  • Mozarteum, Salzburg
  • Konzerthaus, Berlin
  • Konzerthaus, Wien
  • Stefaniensaal, Graz
  • Church Aya Irene, Istanbul
  • Rudolphinum / Smetana Hal, Prague
  • Tonhalle Z├╝rich