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The Zurich Airport Orchestra

The Zurich Airport Orchestra is the airport's musical ambassador in Switzerland and abroad. It also fosters a community spirit and shared culture among staff working at Zurich Airport. The orchestra was founded in 2003 under the motto of „Music brings people together“.

Orchestra Zurich Airport

With its extensive repertoire of music from all over the world, the orchestra puts on unforgettable concerts at all sorts of events – celebrations to mark inaugural flights or store openings, as well as anniversaries, gatherings and receptions. Programmes are always tailored to suit the particular occasion.

The musicians

The Zurich Airport Orchestra comprises 25 musicians, most of whom work for Flughafen Zürich AG or for one of its partner companies. The orchestra therefore reflects the variety of professions pursued by the 20,000+ people who work at the airport, ranging from pilots, cabin crew, managers, marketing specialists and IT technicians through to firefighters and engineers.

Musical director

Musical director

Since the beginning of 2015 the Zurich Airport Orchestra has been directed by Sandro Oberholzer. He completed his training as a percussionist in Paris and holds the "Supérieur d'excellence" (gold medal) diploma. He then studied arrangement and composition at the Schaffhausen Conservatory under Herman Schmidt and also trained as an audio engineer at the SAE (Zurich).
Sandro Oberholzer plays and has played as a drummer in various groups, ranging from classical music through jazz and pop to rock. These include: Downtown Group, Funky Zoo, Hazy Osterwald, Sandra Studer, Hugo Strasser, Loona, John Brack, Bo Katzmann, Steve Lee, Chris & Mike, The New York Mates and many others.

 Next appearances


 Datum Zeit Anlass Ort
18. - 20.09.2020 cancelled Big Band Battle, Shluefwegsaal, Kloten Kloten
18.11.2020 tbd Economic Forum 2020, Circle Zurich Airport (provisionally) Circle Zurich Airport
06.12.2020 10:30 - 12:00 a.m. Advent concert orchestra Zurich Airport Zurich Airport / Departuer Hall 2



3. Album: Gonna Fly Now

“Gonna Fly Now” is the third studio recording made by Zurich Airport Orchestra under its new conductor in 2017. 
In addition to a completely new layout, the orchestra also boasts sensational quality and variety.
The album “Gonna Fly Now” inspires listeners to soar to new musical heights.

2. Anniversary album: Destination

"Destination" is the orchestra's second album, and the name says it all: 
as the orchestra representing Zurich Airport, the Big Band interprets swinging pieces as a musical journey around the world. In tune with the philosophy of Zurich Airport, the orchestra links Zurich and Switzerland to destinations in Europe and beyond. 
The destinations of the musical excursion range from A as in "Amoroso" to W as in "Won't You Be My Neighbour".

1. Album: The Sound of Zurich Airport

The orchestra's successful album entitled "The Sound of Zurich Airport" was recorded in 2009. 
It was produced under the baton of bandleader Andreas Kessler who set the style of the Big Band sound on this album for the first time.
The orchestra's CDs can be purchased in the Zurich Airport Service Center and at the cash desk on the observation deck. They can also be ordered online.