Finding ‘Lost Objects’ in Germany

By: 
Michael Gordon
Thursday, March 22, 2007

(...) Concerto Köln, which has about 30 members, is a collective: They own their work and manage themselves. The members are involved in the creation of every project. This is very unusual. Orchestras usually are run from the top down. The board of directors hires the management, which hires the conductor and the orchestra. The low people on the totem pole are the musicians, whose professional lives are dictated to from above. Here with Concerto Köln, and with a few other orchestras that I have worked with (mostly in Europe), management is hired by the orchestra. The result is that the individual musicians are intensely involved in the major artistic decisions. (...)