August 15, 2014

On Sunday, November 16,the NJK will give its yearly concert commemorating Kristallnacht at the Dresden Synagogue. As in the years past, the public is invited to attend free of charge. The concert will be condcted by music director Michael Hurshell.

On Monday, November 17, the ensemble s series "Young People s" at the Synagouge will be continued. The concerts continue the collaboration with the Anne Frank Center, Berlin, which helps prepare the young listeners (16 to 18-year olds) in appreciating the historic and poltical context of this special repertoire. The NJK also plans, for the first time, to present Young People s Concerts in other Saxon cities.

August 10, 2014

In January 2015 the NJK will present a special concert at the Saxon Diet, commemorating the 70. anniversaly of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.This concert takes place by inivation of the Saxon government. Details forthcoming.

 July 03, 2014

In today’s first issue of the new monthly magazine Jüdische Rundschau (Jewish Review), published in Berlin, an article by Claudia Trache titled “Bringing the Music Home” appeared. It is a portrait of the NJK and its music director, Michael Hurshell. Read the translation of the article on our PRESS page, here (the original German version here).

June 27, 2014

The July/August issue of the magazine of the Deutsche Kulturrat (German Culture Council), Politik und Kultur (Politics and Culture), published today, contains an article titled “Art and political orientation”, written by the NJK’s artistic director Michael Hurshell. Read the translation of the  article on our PRESS page, here (the original German version here).  

April 19, 2014

The growing interest in our Young People’s Concerts – a series aimed at 16 to 19 year old students – has resulted in an expansion of the series continuation this fall. In addition to offering this series in Dresden, the orchestra will offer further performances in other Saxon cities: Leipzig, Görlitz and possibly others.  

Jan. 02, 2014

The journal Jewish Voice from Germany, published in Berlin for English speaking international Jewish readers, today published the article “Too good to be forgotten” by G. Johnson. It is an interview with the NJK artistic director and chief conductor, Michael Hurshell.  Read the article on our PRESS page, here.

December 02, 2013

Today s edition of the Sächsische Zeitung praises the NJK s winning the Titel " Association of the Year". See the original article here. (

November 18, 2013

The NJK performs "Young People s Concerts" at the Saxon State School for Musik (Landesgymnasium für Musik) for the first time. The capacty audience of to 18-year olds listened attentively to works by bannes composers  Zemlinsky and Waxman.The postconcert discussion ed by music director Michael Hurshell gave them the oppottunty to ask questions and learn fascinatig details about the composers and the times they lived in.

November 17, 2013

The traditional "Music of Memory" concert commemorating Kristallnacht at the Dresden Synagogue was enthusiastically received by the capacty audience. English exerpts of the review can be read here, the complete German article here.

November 05, 2013

The NJK music director, Michael Hurshell, has been invited to participate in a radio talk show in Leipzig (live on MDR), titled "Alles auf normal?!" (Everthing back to normal?!). Moderator Thomas Bille discussed the subject "Living as a Jew in Germany today" with maestro Hurshell, Israeli born Berlin publicist Rafael Seligmann and museum director jutta Dick from Halberstadt. Read about the program on the MDR website here (in German).

September 09, 2013

Supported by the Saxon State Chacellery, the Jewish Chamber Philharmonic will initiate a new project this November. The Young People s Concerts" will henceforth be produced in cooperation with  Berlin s famed Anne Frank Instite, whith, will work with the NJK to peagogically prepare the students and maximize their listening experience.

May 8, 2013 

Today s edition of the Sächsische Zeitung provides a detailed look at the arduous research and prperations behind the NJK s concerts of lost repertoire, in an article titled "Aus den Archiven zur Aufführung" (From the archives to the performance). See English excerpts here, the complete German article here.

May 7, 2013

The NJK is awareded the title "Association of the Year" by the Saxon Savings and Loan directors. See photos from the ceremony here.

April 09, 2013

The review of the NJK s April 7 concert praises our presentation of unperformed works by Herrmann and Fitelberg. Read English exesrpts here, the complete German

January 21, 2013

An enthusiastic review of oer Jan. 18 concert appeared in today s Dresdner Neueste nachrichten. Read the English translation here, the original German article here.

January 18, 2013

The NJK performed at the sold out Festival Hall of the new Wagner museum in Graupa, performing works by Schreker, mendelssohn and Wagner (see web page "Welcome"). 

January 12, 2013

At a festive opening gala for the new Richard Wagner Museum in Graupa ( on the outskirts of Dresden), the NJK performed works by Schreker and Wagner. In attendance were Saxon Culture Minister Sabine von Schorlemer, Lord Mayor of Pirna Klaus Peter Hanke and numerous guests representing the sectors of politics, culture and business. (See web page  "Welcome").

November 11, 2012

On the 5th anniversary of its founding, the NJK led by artistic director Michael Hurshell performed at Dresden’s New Synagogue. The “Music of Memory” was a repeat performance of the program given in Berlin on November 7th

November 07, 2012

The Saxon State Chancellery invited the NJK to Berlin for the fourth time. 
As in 2010, the orchestra performed “Music of Memory” at the Great Synagogue (Rykestrasse), 
and the concert was recorded by the MDR (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk) radio for a primetime broadcast on the evening of November 9, commemorating Kristallnacht. (See web page “Welcome.”) Pictures of the event can be seen here.

September 10 & October 15, 2012

The NJK presented its first ever performances for an audience of high school students, the first of aprojected series called “Young People’s Concerts.”The events were funded by the Saxon Ministry of the Interior, and the East Saxon Savings & Loan Corporation.
Pictures can be seen here.  

September 03, 2012

The NJK’s 6th season rehearsals have begun, preparing works by Mendelssohn, Rózsa and Waxman.

August 21, 2012

The program for the NJK s guest concert in Berlin, commemorating Kristallnacht at Berlin s Great Synagouge, has been finalized. Under chief conductur Michael Hurshell s baton, the ensemble will offer works by Schreker and Weiberg, and (for the first time) compositions by Krasa, Tansman, Schönberg and Mahler.

July 23, 2012

The NLK has officially been invited to appear in Berlin for the fourth time, to perform at the Great Synagogue, Rykestrasse. This Music of Memory concert will be recorded for broadcast by the MDR German radio network. Details forthcoming

June 01, 2012

Glowing reviews of our appearance at the Dresde Music Festival in the Sächsische Zeitung and the Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten appared today (complete German articles here, English exerpts here).

May 22, 2012

Rehearsals have begun for our special concert at the Dresden Music Festival. The ensemble is looking forward to the concert, and is especially proud to welcome New York violinist Arnaud Sussmann, who will be the featured soloist in Mendelssohn s d minor concerto.

January 29, 2012

The NJK is making final prearations for their upcoming tour. The orchstra is making its first appearances outside Gemany. Befor leaving, the esemble presnts the program in Dresden at the splendit Golden Crown Hall at Schloss Albrechtsberg, on January 3, at 7 p.m.

The program:

E. Bloch                    Concerto grosso No.2

E.W. Korngold            Lento religioso from the Syphonic Serenade

E. Muhl                      Elegy for Strings (commission by the NJK, world premiere Berlin 2010)

F. Mendelssohn           Sinfonia No. 7

The ensemble travels to Strasbourg, where the program will be presented at the festival "Voix Etoufees" (Surpressed Voices) on February 02, at the Eglsie St. Gulliaume. The tour closed with a performace at the recently restored White Stork Synagoue in Wroclaw on February 2009.

Themusicianare looking forward to presenting this unique repertoire to audiences beyond Germany s borders.

November 09 and 13, 2011

Commemorating Kristallnacht, the esemble  played works by Schulhoff, Weinberg and Mendelssohn at Dresden s New Synagogue. The Dresden press discussed the events in several articles (see page "Press", November 2011). On November 2013, selections from the program on the 9. were repeated at a special gala celebrating the 10. anniversary of the consecration of the synagogue.

August 15, 2011

The coming year will mark the orchestra’s first concerts outside Germany:

On February 2 the ensemble will perform at the Eglise St. Guillaume in Strasbourg, the Alsatian capitol and seat of the European Parliament.  The concert, part of the festival “Voix étoufées“ (“silenced voices“), will include works by persecuted Jewish composers, conducted by music director Michael Hurshell. 

On February 9, the orchestra will repeat the program at the “White Stork” Synagogue (recently restored) in Wrocław, Poland. 

Before leaving Dresden, the orchestra will present the program in Dresden on January 31.

August 3, 2011 

The program for the ensemble’s appearance at the Dresden Music Festival in 2012 has been finalized.  Rising star violinist Arnaud Sussmann will be the soloist in Mendelssohn’s concerto for violin and strings in d minor; also on the program will be works by Schreker, Rózsa, Haas and Zeisl.

June 5, 2011

Yesterday’s concert at the 33rd Protestant Congress played to a capacity audience, including a majority of young concert goers.  The audience rewarded the ensemble with an ovation.

April 8, 2011

The concert opening the 52nd Congress of the German Respiratory Medicine  Society was received with great enthusiasm. (See the photo here).

March 5, 2011

The Jewish Chamber Philharmonic is proud to announce that it has been invited to perform at Dresden’s international music festival (Dresdner Musikfestspiele) in May 2012.  The festivals motto for 2012, “Vienna-Prague-Budapest” is eminently suited to the presentation of music by persecuted Jewish composers.

(festival website link here

February 21, 2011

The ensemble has been invited to perform at the 33rd German Protestant Congress, an ecumenical yearly festival which will take place Dresden in June 2011.  The concert at the renovated Graet Hall of the Hygienemuseum will include works by Lavry, Bloch and Schreker. 

December 29, 2010

The orchestra has been invited to open the 52nd Congress of the German Respiratory Medicine  Society in Dresden, April 2011.

November 8 & 9, 2010

Concerts in Berlin and Dresden (see Welcome).

August 13, 2010

The orchestra’s debut at the Great Synagogue in Berlin will be recorded and broadcast by the MDR (Middle German Radio).  Our broadcast premiere!

June 7, 2010

The composition which the ensemble has commissioned from L.A. composer Erica Muhl will receive its world premiere at a concert at the Great Synagogue in Berlin on November 8.  The work bears the title “Disinherited Sould – Elegy for String Orchestra” and is written in commemoration of the victims of the Shoah.

April 25, 2010

The orchestra’s debut at one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, Dresden’s Semperoper (see photos here.)

April 8, 2010

 The ensemble opened the World Congress for the Prevention of Diabetes at Dresden’s Internationaö Congress Center.  This invitation-only event was attended by physicians from all over the world, as well as prominent guests representing cultural, economic and political organizations.   Introductions were spoken by Dresden’s Lord Mayor, Ms. Helma Orosz, and Saxony’s Minister for Social Affairs and Consumer Protection.

March 02, 2010

The ensemble is pleased to announce that Los Angeles composer Prof. Dr. Erica Muhl has accepted a commission to write a work for string orchestra, which will receive its world premiere by the ensemble this fall; details upcoming.

February 12, 2010

Dresden’s Lord Mayor Helma Orosz and Saxony’s minister of health Christina Clauß will be giving addresses of welcome at the orchestra’s April 8 concert in Dresden (see WELCOME).

November 26, 2009

The New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic is a winner of the national German competition „365 Places in the Land of Ideas.“ At the awards ceremony, which took place at the Forum of the Deutsche Bank in Dresden, Michael Hurshell addressed an audience of representatives from cultural, corporate and political institutions on the challenges the orchestra faced in its unique mission. He then presented a CD of live recordings of the ensemble to Saxon governor Stanislaw Tillich. (See GALLERY, see PRESS.)

November 10, 2009

The orchestra played a return engagement at the Representation of the Saxon State to the Federation in Berlin, commemorating Kristallnacht (see GALLERY). Dr. Johannes Beermann, Saxon cabinet member and head of the state chancellery, welcomed the orchestra and composer Dr. Erica Muhl, who flew in from L.A. to hear the Berlin premiere. Also on the program: Marc Lavry’s On the Banks of Babylon (Berlin premiere) and Mendelssohn’s D major sinfonia. Rounding off the program were Eric Zeisl’s Variations on a Slovak Folksong (Berlin premiere). Prominent guests at the reception included Belgian Ambassador Marc Geleyn and representatives from the Jewish communities of Antwerp and Berlin.

November 04, 2009

Michael Hurshell is the featured artist on Middle German Radio’s (MDR) portrait series „Figaro trifft“ in Halle; this hour-long interview focuses on the ensemble’s activities and the „normalization of the repertoire“ by Jewish composers. Excerpts from the program are available here .

September 12, 2009

The orchestra makes its first appearance at the recently opened Concert Hall of Dresden’s University of Music Carl Maria von Weber, and is most pleased by the acoustics there. The program featured works by Mendelssohn, Zeisl and Waxman; the audience would not let the orchestra go without an encore, the final movement of Waxman’s Sinfonietta for String Orchestra and Timpani. (Excerpts from the works Saxon premiere performance of this work can be heard here.)

August 21, 2009

In Leipzig, Michael Hurshell meets Brendan Carroll, musicologist and author of the essential Korngold biography „The Last Prodigy.“ Unpublished and unrecorded works by the Viennese master are on the agenda.

June 03, 2009

The Sächsische Zeitung publishes an article about the orchestra’s activities, „Comeback for Jewish composers.“ (The German article can be downloaded here)

May 20

The Leipzig Volkszeitung praises the ensemble’s concert at the Leipzig Gewandhaus (can be downloaded here)

May 17 and 18, 2009

Gala Concerts „60th Anniversary of the German Constitution“

The orchestra appeared in concerts in Chemnitz and Leipzig, playing a program with many Saxon connotations. String sinfonias by Sir William Herschel (whose grandfather was a brewer in the city of Pirna) – Saxon concert premieres which the audience warmly received (excerpt can be heard here ); the Andante for String Orchestra by Miklos Rózsa, who studied in Leipzig, as well as the European concert premiere of Marc Lavry’s Al Naharot Bavel („On the Banks of Babylon“) – another composer who studied in Leipzig. Both concerts were featured extra-musical events: the Jewish Community Center in Chemnitz hosted a post-concert panel discussion on the topic „Jewish life in Saxony today,“ the Leipzig Gewandhaus (the orchestra’s second appearance there) featured a pre-concert exhibition opening on the Jewish history of Saxony. In both cities the appearance of Israeli violinist Ilya Konovalov, as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Strings in d minor (excerpt can be heard here ), resulted in ovations. The Chemnitz as well as the Leipzig audience insisted on an encore of the concerto’s finale.

February 24, 2009

The concert on Feb. 22 was enthusiastically received by the audience as well as the media. Here is the article published in the "Sächsische Zeitung" (translation available here).

February 22, 2009

The ensemble opened its 2009 concert series with a program of quartets transcribed for string orchestra, performed at Dresdens Dreikönigskirche: Schubert’s "Death and the Maiden" (using Mahler’s suggestions, augmented by Mr. Hurshell’s instrumentation) and two world concert premiers. L.A. composer Erica Muhl flew in to hear her Trucco for String Orchestra; the work was warmly received by audience and press. The Andante from Eric Zeisl’s second quartet, a moving dialogue between man and his creator, was performed in a transcription by conductor Michael Hurshell. The complete program notes (in German) may be downloaded here.

November 2008

The orchestra wound up its 2008 concert series with three concerts commemorating the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, presented in three cities: on Nov. 10 at the Dresden New Synagogue, on Nov. 11 in Leipzig where the orchestra appeared at the Gewandhaus (Mendelssohn Hall) for the first time; and on Nov. 12, exactly one year after its first public appearance, the ensemble gave its debut in Berlin. Upon the Saxon State Chancellory’s invitation, a concert was given at the Saxon State’s Berlin Representation. The world concert premiere of Miklos Rosza’s Andante for String Orchestra op. 22a was acclaimed in all three cities. Further works on the program were Bloch’s Concerto grosso #2 for string quartet and string orchestra, and Mendelssohn’s Sinonias for Strings # 3 and 5.

Saxon cabinet member Dr. Johannes Beermann, who presided over the November project, gave a speech in which he thanked the orchestra and its artistic director for their initiative, and praised the artistic level of the orchestra’s work. He also expressed his hope that the ensemble would be able to appear in Berlin again.

The New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic wishes to thank all donors and sponsors for the wonderful support over the past year. This founding season surpassed all our expectations.


Peter Zacher´s glowing review of the Sept. 28 concert appeared in the Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten.


The orchestra`s guest appearance in Görlitz was enthusiastically received; the orchestra was immediately invited for a return engagement in 2009.


The audience at the Dresden New Synagogue greeted the Dresden premiere of Korngold`s Symphonic Serenade with an ovation.


The ensemble`s November performance in Leipzig will take place at one of the world`s most celebrated venues, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mendelssohn Hall.


The orchestra has been invited to play in Berlin on November 12, 2008 as part of the cultural events commemorating the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht. The concert will take place at the "Representation of the Freestate of Saxony to the Federation," the Saxon State Chancellory`s Berlin venue. This marks the ensemble`s first appearance in the nation`s capitol. The program will include works by Mendelssohn and Ernest Bloch.


The Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten published a feature article about the ensemble and its music director, Michael Hurshell


The orchestra has been invited to give its first concert in Görlitz on September 29, 2008. The venue will be the great hall of the Wichernhaus.


The ensemble will give its first concert in Chemnitz on October 5, 2008, at the Chemnitz Festival "Begegnungen" (Encounters). The venue is the Jewish Community Center in Chemnitz.


On June 9, the orchestra performed in Leipzig for the first time. The capacity crowd at the Mendelssohn Museum, responding enthusiastically to the program performed in Dresden the day before, was rewarded with an encore of Schreker`s Scherzo.


On June 8, the orchestra opened its 2008 concert series at the New Synagogue, Dresden with the following program:

"In Memoriam" - concert series opening

June 8 / 9, 2008

Franz Schreker: Scherzo for String Orchestra (Saxon premiere)

Pavel Haas: Study for Strings

Erich Zeisl: Variations on a Slovak Folksong (German premiere)

Felix Mendelssohn: Sinfonia for Strings No. 9 in C

Click here to download the complete original program notes (in German).


Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel, the orchestra appeared at two gala evenings in the New Synagogue, Dresden. On the program:

Israel Anniversary Gala

May 4 / 5, 2008

Felix Mendelssohn: Sinfonia for Strings No. 12, G minor

Franz Waxman: Sinfonietta for String Orchestra and Timpani

Click here to download the complete original program notes (in German).


On November 11 the newly founded orchestra gave its premiere concert, performing works by composers with ties to Saxony. On the program:

Festive Concert commemorating the Consecration of the Synagogue

November 11, 2008

"Jewish Composers in Saxony"

Erwin Schulhoff: Three Pieces for String Orchestra op. 6

Franz Waxmann: Sinfonietta for String Orchestra and Timpani (Saxon premiere)

Felix Mendelssohn: : Sinfonia for String Orchestra No. 11 in F

Click here to download the complete program notes (in German).