with the Westdeutsche Sinfonia directed by Dirk Joeres

His wide-ranging musical interests led Dirk Joeres to explore innovative ways to present classical music in today’s world.  In 2008 he devised the “KlassikSonntag!” Series which the German press acclaimed as “a fascinating concept to deepen the understanding of classical music” (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger). 

This unique all-day format meanwhile enjoys cult status.


Fono Forum, September 2009
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Dirk Joeres and the Westdeutsche Sinfonia performing at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Bruxelles

„Crystal Clear Classical Splendour” 
Musikverein Vienna, Wiener Zeitung


Since more than twenty-five years the West German Sinfonia directed by Dirk Joeres stands for „highest quality“ (Kölner Stadtanzeiger), „superb orchesteral playing“ (Gramophone Magazine London) and „intelligent, thoughtful programmes“ (Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany).  Since 1987 this „All Star-Ensemble“ has performed in the most important German and international concert halls: from Berlin (Philharmonie) to Vienna (Musikvereinssaal), from Amsterdam (Concertgebouw) to Washington (Kennedy Center).


When the West German Sinfonia undertook their first big tour in 1987 the critics were unanimous: „A top class orchestra, immediately making a name for itself with discipline and virtuosity  –  an elite orchestra.“ (Rheinische Post).  The foundation of the Orchestra is based on an original concept: leading musicians from eight major orchestras in the western region of Germany make up the “Sinfonia”, the heart of whose repertoire is devoted to classical, romantic and early 20th century works.


The Sinfonia and Dirk Joeres are regular guests at international festivals such as the Beethovenfest Bonn, Autumn Festival Bratislava, Budapest Spring Festival, Cheltenham Festival, City of London Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, International Music Festival Herrenchiemsee. 


Several CD recordings have been released to great critical acclaim: „Joeres conducts with great care and attention. ..... The best buy“ (Critic’s Choice, Gramophone Magazine London).  „Elegant, graceful and witty performances“ (Fanfare USA).  The BBC Music Magazine selected Dirk Joeres’ recording with the Sinfonia of Johannes Brahms’ Serenades as one of their 100 Top CDs: „an irresistible release“.

Dirk Joeres and the Westdeutsche Sinfonia performing at the International Music Festival Herrenchiemsee