The Programme

In the wintersemester 2020/21 we will be performing Bruckners 8th Symphony and Bachs Passacaglia and Fuge (BWV 582) in a version of Respighi.


The programme of last semester can be found here.

Looking for new members!

In the approaching summer semester we are looking for new members to enrich the orchestra.

Despite the current COVID-19 epidemic we would be glad to welcome new members and are planning to conduct rehearsals and a Concert in the coming semester!

In particular, we are looking for double bass, violin and viola as well as harp, bassoon  and flute players. French horns are always welcome, too!

Here you can find more information.

About us

We are a large symphonic orchestra, characterized by ambitious rehearsals, demanding musical programs and inspiring concerts. The orchestra consists primarily of students in the Heidelberg/Mannheim region.

Since winter semester 2020 Olivier Pols is its conductor.

More information on the orchestra and its conductor can be found in here.


A small excerpt of our current program! Even though we currently cant meet in person we still can't stand the thought of not making music! So we had no other choice than to do an online project ­čśë
A huge thank you to Daniel and all the other musicians for making this project happen!

CD Production Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 5

For our 10 year anniversary we recorded a CD with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in summer 2016. You can purchase the CD at our concerts or online. 


While due to the Corona pandemic, unfortunately, in the preceding summer semester it was for the first time being not possible for us, the Akademische Philharmonie, to rehearse and give concerts, we are looking forward to start rehearsing again in the upcoming winter semester.

We are grateful to the P├Ądagogische Hochschule Heidelberg for the long-standing cooperation, which - bearing in mind the necessary hygiene demands - will allow us to work on Bruckner's Eighth Symphony as well as a Passacaglia by Bach, edited for orchestra by Respighi. Only few orchestras have such a possibility, currently.

Nevertheless, with regard to the necessary planning security and the current situation with concert halls in Heidelberg it will not be possible for us to realize a symphony concert in the usual way in the presence of an audience. If the rehearsals can take place throughout the entire winter semester, we will record a concert midth of Febraury via video. You will be wholeheartedly welcome to watch the recorded concert together with us.

If due to Corona-measures it will not be possible to continue the rehearsals in winter, we will try to realize music in smaller casts, similar to the current plannings of many other orchestras. Long live the culture!

Cordially, we want to thank the Heidelberger Volksbank as well as all promoters, supporters and friends of the Akademische Philharmonie Heidelberg f├╝r their ongoing support in these demanding times.