The Orchester Jakobsplatz München (OJM) is more than an orchestra. It creates room and possibilities for a vivid German-Jewish culture nowadays. The OJM events are more than concerts. They are experiences which bend and expand the usual framework of a concert and make Judaism as an immanent part of German culture audible and visible.
The OJM was founded in 2005 by conductor Daniel Grossmann. It has grown into a professional ensemble performing on a high musical level with a strong focus on content and developed a character which is unique in Munich’s diverse cultural scene.
With a Cantor’s Concert celebrating the Jewish New Year the OJM established a new tradition in Munich. Beginning with the 2016/17 season this tradition will be taken to Berlin. It also fits this season’s motto: JEWISH FEASTS AND RITUALS – a theme which the audiences may experience sensually and musically.
The OJM, being a voice of contemporary German Judaism, gives great importance to the engagement of composers writing music for the orchestra. In the past, the OJM has staged the world premieres of pieces by Sarah Nemtsov, Nikolaus Brass, Gilead Mishory and Jan Duszynski, to name just a few. This season, composer Moritz Gagern, who was born in Munich, creates a concert-length work for the OJM, which will celebrate the endless manifoldness of klezmer.
The OJM has acquired a first-class reputation as a silent picture orchestra. Since the live performance of Josef Weiss’ music to the silent movie Der Student von Prag (The Student of Prague) on stage of the Volksbühne in Berlin on occasion of the 2012 Berlinale the OJM has met this challenge another three times. All performing musicians need to have a perfect timing and show extreme flexibility at the same time. The last piece the orchestra performed was G.W. Pabst’s debut feature Der Schatz. Thereby, the OJM made a true musical treasure accessible to the audiences: the first through-composed film symphony by the hardly known German-Jewish composer Max Deutsch.
The OJM cooperates with renowned cultural institutions such as Villa Stuck, Münchner Kammerspiele and Residenztheater. It regularly cooperates with the Bayerische Staatsoper and, to give just a three examples, performed in Zeisl’s Hiob during the 2014 Munich Opera Festival as well as in the performances of rarely played oratorios such as Mozart’s La Betulia liberata or Handel’s Jephtha, staged by the singers of the opera studio.
The OJM will continue its work with young and upcoming artists as well as with internationally renowned soloists like Benjamin Appl, David Orlowsky, Ingeborg Danz, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Reto Bieri, Daniel Hope, Sergei Leiferkus, Christoph Prégardien, Wu Wei, Bibiana Beglau, Brigitte Hobmeier, Lambert Hamel and Götz Otto.
On a regular basis, the OJM gives concerts on stage of the Hubert Burda Hall at the Jewish Centre in Munich. In addition, it plays at established and almost unknown (concert) venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Ingolstadt Theatre and the Munich Gasteig, the Prinzregententheater, the Haus der Kunst, the Muffathalle and the Reithalle. Concert tours led the OJM to Austria, Hungary, Rumania, Israel, Moldavia, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the Czech Republic, Sweden and North America. There are recordings of works by John Cage and Paul Ben-Haim available on CD, published by NEOS Music.
The musicians of the OJM hail from more than twenty countries, are Jewish and Non-Jewish, most of them live in Germany. The OJM is an independent and nonprofit private limited company.