Since 1972, the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra has been well known in the classical scene. Under its umbrella, a unique platform has emerged that gives young professionals the increasingly rare opportunity to participate in extraordinary concert projects beyond the limits of their studies and professional life.
It works under the musical direction of his artistic director, Volker Hartung, as well as guest conductors.
It is managed by Junge Philharmonie Köln e.V., a non-profit association which supports the orchestra's mission as a musical ambassador and promoter of a peaceful world through the integration of numerous foreign young artists living in Germany.

The Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra has been enchanting audiences for more than 40 years with it’s electrifying performance style.
By gradually finding its own style of interpretation, one that is characterized by spirit, vivacity and faithful rendition, the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra has also been able to win the hearts of people whose musical preferences previously did not include classical music.
Musicians from all over the world have made the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra their musical home, most of them advanced students of the Rhineland conservatories and prize winners at international competitions.

Numerous and most successful concert tours abroad are continuously undertaken by this Orchestra.
Since its cooperation with the British virtuoso violinist Nigel Kennedy from 1997 to 1999, the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra has been widely seen as an orchestra that belongs in the upper echelons of classical music.

Volker Hartung assumed the position of chief conductor of the Cologne New Philharmonic in 1986. He was taught in the tradition of German symphony orchestras and opera. Under the influence of the conductors Evgeny Mravinsky and Sergiu Celibidache, Hartung developed a special understanding of the French, German and Eastern European musical traditions.
Under his guidance the Cologne New Philharmonic orchestra has reached world-class level and has become world-wide famous for his distinct performance style and popular success.