Since its founding in 2005 by the conductor Daniel Grossmann, the Orchestra Jakobsplatz Munich brings to life music that was written by Jewish composers or influenced by Jewish culture. In order to show their meaning in contemporary culture the works are presented in concert in a context of music of the 20th and 21st centuries and performed by young professional musicians. These musicians, coming from more than 20 countries and almost all living in Germany, mark the character of the chamber orchestra. It is organized as an independent non-profit limited liability company. The Orchestra Jakobsplatz Munich has the goal of providing a German-Jewish voice in Germany's cultural life.
Regular concerts in the Hubert Burda Auditorium of the Munich Jewish Community Center in Jakobsplatz, including the annual Jewish New Year's concert, are the heart of the artistic activity. In addition the orchestra cooperates with cultural institutions with worldwide reputations such as the Bavarian State Opera, the Munich Kammerspiele Theatre and the Bavarian State Theatre.
The Orchestra Jakobsplatz Munich has performed together with renowned soloists including Ingeborg Danz, Daniel Hope, Sergei Leiferkus, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Christoph Prégardien.
Concert tours have taken the orchestra to Hungary, Israel, Moldova, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the Czech Republic and Sweden.
The Orchestra Jakobsplatz Munich is planning many important projects for the 2013-2014 season. The orchestra will start by traveling with its traditional Jewish New Year's concert, performing Offenbach in Bayreuth as well as Munich. The German Jewish publicist, political scientist and contemporary historian Rafael Seligmann will be the speaker.
The concert tour of the US and Canada in October 2013 includes concerts in Maine, Kansas City, New York and Montreal and includes works by Schulhoff, Mendelssohn, Mahler and Wagner.
In November the orchestra will perform in Vienna in a concert with cantors under the motto "Meafela Leora – From Darkness to Light" to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1938 November Pogrom Night.
After the great success in the past season playing together with the violinist Daniel Hope, the cooperation will continue with concerts including works from his two most recent CDs for Deutsche Grammophon in Germering and Elmau Castle. The composers with anniversaries – Wagner, Schulhoff and Strauss – will each be honored in a concert.
The Orchestra Jakobsplatz Munich will collaborate with the Bavarian State Opera to perform the opera "Hiob" by Erich Zeisl as part of the 2014 Munich Opera Festival.
The Orchestra Jakobsplatz Munich has worked closely with the label NEOS Music, resulting in CDs with works by John Cage and Paul Ben-Haim. The DVD series of the Munich Film Museum has issued the silent film "The Student of Prague" with the music of Josef Weiss, played by the Orchestra Jakobsplatz Munich as part of a performance at the Berlin Volksbühne Theatre during the Berlinale 2012 film festival.