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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


 Date Time Event Location


05:00 - 06:30 pm

"Swing Big Band" Concert

Departure Hall 2 at Zurich Airport


03:00 - 06:00 pm

GA & Aeroswiss Award (private function)

Swiss Museum of Transport Lucerne


10:30 - 01:00 pm

Advent matinée

Departure Hall 2 at Zurich Airport



Event Park Butzenbühl

Circle area


08:00 - 09:30 pm

Port concert




Anniversary album: Destination

„Destination“ is the orchestra's third 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“.

2nd album: The Sound of Zurich Airport

The orchestra's second 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. 

1st album: Gate 1 live

„Gate 1 live“, the orchestra's first recording put together in 2007, presents the coming together of enthusiastic music lovers as an authentic live recording with a touch of the circus.  

The orchestra's CDs can be purchased in the Zurich Airport Service Center and at the cash desk on the observation deck. Or you can order them online.