The building

The site

The Orchesterzentrum|NRW is housed in its own purpose-built building in Brückstrasse in Dortmund, which was designed and completed in 2014 by the “SPAP Architektur Stadt Landschaft” company. Situated between Dortmund’s main station and the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the building’s 1,300 sqm of floor space provide the ideal working conditions for both students and staff alike.

The building has its own chamber music hall, whose acoustics were conceived by engineers Graner + Partner, who were also responsible for the acoustics of the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, the Essen Philharmonic Hall and the Moscow International House of Music, for example. The hall is regularly praised for its outstanding acoustics, which are optimised in particular for chamber music and can also be adapted to various requirements by means of mobile elements such as partition walls or acoustic curtains.

The chamber music hall and other rooms can be leased for concerts, readings, competitions, seminars, conventions or other events. Your contact partner for leasing is Silke Berger.

Chamber music hall

With a 140-sqm stage and 350 seats in a stepped layout, an optimal view from all positions is assured.  The chamber music hall has a wraparound foyer which looks out over Brückstrasse from a nine-metre long glass exterior. The 9x26-metre artwork “Waterloo” by the artist Frances Scholz stretches across the entire back wall of the foyer. This means it can be seen all the time from outside and makes the building a little artistic gem in Dortmund’s Brückviertel.

Rehersal rooms and other facilities

At around 140 sqm, the building’s large rehearsal room offers a working space comparable to the stage in the concert hall and is used for chamber orchestra practice or ensemble work. In addition, four further seminar and rehearsal rooms with a floor area of between 50 and 70 sqm, two percussion rooms and several “practice cells” are available so that the full range of musical preparation purposes, from individual practice to large orchestra rehearsals, is covered. A conductor dressing room with WC and shower, an artist dressing room and several other function rooms such as offices, storage rooms for instruments as well as a library and a media room complete the spaces available for use. Included in the architecture of the building is a sunlit inner courtyard on the ground floor and a roof terrace on the first floor.

The chamber music hall and other rooms can be leased for concerts, readings, competitions, seminars, conventions or other events. Your contact partner for leasing is Silke Berger.


The building’s technical equipment in principle offers the possibility of hosting concerts and other events without having to bring in external technology. The permanently installed concert lighting in the chamber music hall on tubular rigging bars can be controlled either from the separate control booth or from a FoH set-up, depending on requirements. A basic and adjustable amplification system is also in place. It can be supplemented where necessary by adding microphones and mixing consoles and can also be controlled from the control booth or a FoH set-up. A projector and screen are permanently installed in the chamber music hall.

The 300-sqm foyer is glazed on two sides and, in addition to WCs and seating, has a public cloakroom as well as an L-shaped, professionally equipped gastronomy counter for serving drinks.

Two D-type grand pianos and one B-type from the Steinway & Sons company are available for the stage, as well as a flexibly adjustable raised platform. Your contact partner for technical questions is Sebastian Feldkamp.

Pianos are available to students in all rehearsal and practice rooms; a harpsichord is also available. All rooms are equipped with mirrors. Students can use the Orchesterzentrum|NRW’s own collection of instruments for symphony concerts, chamber music projects or individual preparation. These include in particular secondary instruments such as the contrabassoon or bass clarinet or other woodwind and brass instruments. The two percussion rooms have various timpani sets, two marimbas and further chromatic percussion instruments such as the vibraphone or glockenspiel, several large and small drums and a wide range of orchestra percussion instruments.