Founded in 2021 as a pan-European, symphonic chamber orchestra, the KOG is composed of young professional musicians from the greater European region who have set themselves the goal of contributing to the revival of musical culture here at the heart of Europe. Consisting of a flexible core of 40 members, we perform the classical and early romantic symphonic repertoire as well as the string and chamber orchestra repertoire from the baroque to the contemporary in five to six work cycles per year.

Consisting of professional musicians and selected top music students from the greater region, the KOG works with various cultural institutions and event organisers in the German-French border region, Luxembourg, Belgium and German-speaking Switzerland.

The KOG’s concertmaster is Maximilian Lohse, first concertmaster of the Flemish Opera House Antwerp/Ghent, while artistic responsibility lies with Stefan Bone, Kapellmeister at the Kiel Opera House.

Orchestral work is at the heart of our undertaking and is complemented by accompanying projects. For instance by organising master classes and audition training courses for the upcoming generation of professional musicians.

Another field of activity is the promotion of chamber music in a wide variety of formations, for which the chamber orchestra provides the institutional framework. The orchestra is registered as a non-profit association in Merzig.