Karelia Philharmonic Orchestra Russia ← Back to list
Karelia philharmonic orchestra was founded in 1933, uniting the best musical performers in Petrozavodsk. Throughout its history it has changed names for several times: Radio committee orchestra, Karelia philharmonic orchestra, Karelia radio and television orchestra, Republic Karelia Ministry of culture orchestra. In 1997 it eventually joined Karelian state philharmonic.
In the past the orchestra was conducted by Leopold Teplitsky, Alexandr Dmitriev, Edward Chivzhel, Oleg Soldatov, Marius Stravinsky. Since the beginning of the concert season 2013/2014 conductor from St.Petersburg Anatolii Rybalko filled the post of the artistic director and conductor.
Currently a total of 79 musicians work in the orchestra, including the graduates of Petrozavodsk and St. Petersburg state conservatories.
The orchestra gives concerts in Moscow, St.Petersburg and other Russian and Karelian cities as well as in other countries: Germany, Poland, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Finland and Malta. Partnership with the Joensuu symphonic orchestra deserves a special mention.
The philharmonic orchestra is a regular participant of international art festivals “Ruskeala Symphony”, "Onego classic" and "XX century with Vadim Kholodenko", held in Karelian Philharmonic. In the recent years it also has taken part in international Norwegian festivals "Northern lights" and "On top of the world", Finnish festivals "Luosto classic", "Lapland International Festival" and International Festival of ballet in Savonlinna.
The orchestra's repertoire includes compositions of various styles and flows of the world music culture. Concert programmes often contain music of the late XX and XXI centuries, many of these works are performed in Petrozavodsk for the first time.
One of the goals of the orchestra is to spread the music of Karelian composers.
The orchestra regularly takes part in republic and city-scale events, festivals and anniversary concerts.