The Orchester Jakobsplatz München was founded in 2005 by Daniel Grossmann, its current Artistic Director, along with younger members of the Israeli Cultural Community Munich and Upper Bavaria, this at the time the new Jewish Centre Jakobsplatz was being built. The orchestra is made up of Jewish and non-Jewish professional musicians, and seeks to encourage dialogue through the universal language of music, aiming to engender a healthy culture of community life. Musicians from 23 countries are represented.
Repertoire focuses on seldom-played works of Jewish composers, as well as music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The orchestra also commissions works related to Jewish culture and life. The Orchester Jakobsplatz München has given regular cycles of concerts at the Hubert Burda concert hall in the Israeli Cultural Community Munich since 2007. The orchestra has also cooperated on projects with the Bavarian State Theater; the staged version of the chamber opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis oder Die Todverweigerung by Viktor Ullmann was a cooperation with the Bavarian State Opera.
A high-point of the orchestra’s short history was the benefit concert with Anne-Sophie Mutter, an event that came to the attention of many music lovers around the world. With the opening of the 9th Jewish Summer Festival in 2006 in Budapest the orchestra achieved international recognition. The Orchester Jakobsplatz München has worked with many renowned soloists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Ann-Katrin Naidu, Kevin Conners and Tanja Becker-Bender.