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 a project orchestra being trained by outstanding conductors and coaches and to be able to give public concerts on a semiprofessional 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.

Since 2006 the Animato Foundation has so far organised and successfully completed six different sponsoring cycles and more than 500 participating music students have become members of the Animato Foundation Orchestra. The cities visited included Bratislava, Berlin, Bern, Budapest, Graz, Istanbul, Karlsruhe, Ljubljana, Munich, Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, Zurich and others.

Past Music Performance

Major classical works performed by the Animato Foundation Orchestra at the public concerts 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)
  • P.J. Tschaikovski, Symphonie Nr. 4 (2016)


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
  • Liszt Academy, Budapest