In the concert world the French word “début” or “beginning” is used for the start of an artistic association that often lasts a very long time. But this beginning can also happen quite late on in a successful career: the Fauré Quartet is making its debut at the Philharmonie (25 June) although it has been one of the world's most outstanding chamber music ensembles for over two decades. In contrast, poised right now on the threshold of hugely promising careers are the vision string quartet (31 Jan) – which is making waves with classical repertoire as well as original compositions and arrangements in jazz, pop and rock – the Ukrainian-Australian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk (16 Jan) and the Usbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov (11 Mar). The record holder for the oldest debutant is not the Stuttgart State Orchestra (5 Jun) – very youthful at 426 years old – but the Weimar State Orchestra, which had been in existence for over 500 years when it made its debut on the Kölner Philharmonie stage in 1992.
The first time an ensemble or a soloist performs in a particular concert hall is known as their debut, from the French word début meaning beginning. In the concert world a debut is the start of an artistic association that often lasts a long time. Every year many – often young – musicians who are no longer at the start of their career but still have a hugely promising future ahead of them make their Kölner Philharmonie debut. Doing exactly that this season are most of the performers in the Rising Stars series as well as countertenor Philipp Mathmann (29 August), the Danish String Quartet (16 September), conductor Laurence Equilbey (29 September), cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason (10 October), soprano Katharina Konradi (14 November), violinist Elena Urioste and conductor Kevin John Edusei with the Chineke! Orchestra (15 November) and organist Arvid Gast (8 June).