The Mülheimer Zupforchester (MZO) was founded in 1980 and is today one of Germany’s premier plucked orchestras. The MZO regularly excels in national and international festivals and competitions. Since the founding of the ‚Deutscher Orchesterwettbewerb’, the MZO has continuously won the first prize on the national level.
Next to regular concerts within the culture programme of Mülheim an der Ruhr, the MZO performs with internationally renowned artists at numerous events and concerts at home and abroad. Concerttours have led the orchestra to Italy, France, Poland, Israel, inter alia.
Their repertoire includes authentic and multifaceted interpretations of works from renaissance to modernity, with wanderings into international folklore as well as popular music and film scores.
Through placings of commissioned compositions for plucked string orchestra the MZO promotes contemporary music, while also aiminig to rediscover forgotten musical gems.
Seven CDs have now been published, which represent the wide range of the orchestra.