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The European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) unites 23 premier venues across 14 European countries, specializing in delivering exceptional live music experiences, and cherishing the classical repertoire.


ECHO halls believe in the transformative power of music to enhance the lives of the communities they serve.


Together we learn from each other, we develop projects, and we advocate for a fair, sustainable, inclusive, and diverse musical sector. As leaders of our sector, we support exceptional young musicians and composers, providing invaluable opportunities for professional development.


ECHO recognizes the pressing need to implement ecologically responsible practices within the cultural sector and beyond. The organisation partakes in ongoing collaboration with 15 other European Cultural Networks and subscribed to the Shift eco-guidelines, achieving the bespoke eco-certification. Our Sustainability Policy articulates ECHO's guiding principles concerning ecological responsibility and delineates how the organisation actively advances and integrates them across its operations.

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Manifesto for diversity & inclusion

The ECHO manifesto identifies our shared principles and values about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). The chart was adopted by the ECHO concert halls in 2022 as the basis for individual or collective present and future work concerning communities, artistic programmes and organisational culture.

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The Organisation

President: Louwrens Langevoort, Intendant Kölner Philharmonie 
Vice-President: Matthias Naske, CEO and artistic director of the Wiener Konzerthaus 
Treasurer: Ewa Bougusz-Moore, CEO and artistic director of NOSPR Katowice 



Federico Rinaldi, Network Manager 
Andrea Meyer-Borghardt, Rising Stars Coordinator

The working groups

As part of its core mission, ECHO promotes meetings for diverse professional groups. These gatherings facilitate the exchange of best practices, collaborative capacity-building initiatives, and the development of joint projects. They also stimulate discussions aimed at enhancing collective capabilities to address the key challenges of the sector. 
In addition to the foundational group of general directors, the working groups include Education, Learning and Participation (ELP), the artistic plaform, communication&marketing, sustainability, Equity, Diversity&Inclusion (EDI), funding&sponsorship. 

Auditorium – Orchestre National de Lyon
Barbican Centre London
B:Music – Town Hall & Symphony Hall Birmingham
BOZAR Brussels
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon
Casa da Música Porto
Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
Harpa Reykjavík
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Kölner Philharmonie
Konserthuset Stockholm
Konzerthaus Dortmund
L’Auditori Barcelona
Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall
Müpa Budapest
Musikverein Wien
NOSPR Katowice
Palau de la Música Catalana
Philharmonie Luxembourg
The Glasshouse International Centre for Music
Wiener Konzerthaus