DHL brings Gewandhausorchester to Asia

DHL Trade Fairs & Events, a business unit of DHL Global Forwarding has become the Leipzig-based Gewandhausorchester’s Official Logistics Partner and supports the orchestra in its Asian tour to China and Japan this year.


DHL brings Gewandhausorchester to Asia


DHL Trade Fairs & Events, a business unit of DHL Global Forwarding has become the Leipzig-based Gewandhausorchester’s Official Logistics Partner and supports the orchestra in its Asian tour to China and Japan this year. DHL accounts for logistics planning, as well as transport of 115 musical instruments and the complete orchestra equipment. The Asian tour kicks off with the first concert on 14 March in Shanghai. Under the conductorship of Riccardo Chailly, the orchestra then travels on to performances in Japan. After eight performances in five cities the ten-day tour will end on 23 March in Tokyo.

Many of the orchestra’s instruments are highly sensitive and irreplaceable. DHL Trade Fairs & Events uses special shock proof transport boxes that monitor the instruments’ temperature. Furthermore DHL transports the orchestra’s complete equipment, including music stands, stools, conductor’s rostrum and wardrobe. The logistics partner’s comprehensive services also include handling of customs formalities. The shipments overall value is roughly €2.5 million.

“Logistics planning for such a concert tour takes about two years. The toughest challenge are the short time slots inbetween the single concerts. During a ten-day tour we will move on to the next city seven times. This calls for a very stringent schedule that we have to follow in all detail”, says Vincenzo Scrudato, managing director at DHL Trade Fairs & Events.