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Guide to the Philharmonia Orchestra


LondonProm 31: Brahms, Bruckner & Strauss

Brahms, Strauss R., Bruckner
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Lise Davidsen

LondonWeimar Berlin: To the Cabaret!

© Annick Ramp
Weill, Holländer
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Dagmar Manzel

LondonWeimar Berlin: Angels and Demons

© Giorgia Bertazzi
Hindemith, Bach, Berg
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Christian Tetzlaff

LondonWeimar Berlin: The Party's Over

© Camilla Greenwell
Busoni, Weill, Berg, Hindemith
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Christian Tetzlaff; Rebecca Nelsen

BarcelonaEsa-Pekka Salonen & Philharmonia Orchestra

© Andrew Eccles
Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 9 in D-Dur
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
Neue Kritikenmehr...

Das Philharmonia Orchestra spielt mit entwaffnender Überzeugungskraft

Julia Fischer © Felix Broede
Das London Orchester unter Esa-Pekka Salonen zeigt bei seinem Gastspiel in Berlin alle Facetten Mahlers auf.

Salonen, Mørk et le Philharmonia : drôles d’oiseaux au Festival d’Aix

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Au Grand Théâtre de Provence, à Aix, un Esa-Pekka Salonen survolté a poussé dans ses retranchements l'excellent Philharmonia Orchestra, dans un programme fait de vagues et d'oiseaux. 

The tamest nightclub in Berlin: Salonen goes to Weimar

Angela Denoke © Johan Persson
Esa-Pekka Salonen’s exploration of the Weimar Republic captures the seriousness but none of the fun of the turbulent artistic period.

Finnish fresh air: Rouvali and the Philharmonia on top form

Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Camilla Greenwell

A breath of Finnish fresh air blew onto the London music scene with the announcement from the Philharmonia Orchestra of the appointment of Santtu-Matias Rouvali as their new Principal Conductor from 2021. 


An immaculately executed Bartered Bride at Garsington

Maypole dancing © Clive Barda
Natalya Romaniw is a natural as our maligned heroine: Paul Curran creates staging of bewildering comic complexity and pulls it off with panache.

Peter Eötvös: „Die Idee des Kosmos in Musik umsetzen”

Peter Eötvös © Csibi Szilvia
Vor seinem Konzert mit dem Philharmonia Orchestra spricht Peter Eötvös über seine musikalischen Einflüsse und Inspirationen.
Q & A

John Wilson: a champion of British and American music

John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Ahead of his concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra, John Wilson talks about his admiration for Gershwin's highly influental orchestral music.
Q & A

“Koreans love music and know how to express it”: Sunwook Kim

Sunwook Kim © Nick Cary | Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Ahead of his performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra, we caught up with the pianist to talk Korea and the Grieg Piano Concerto. 
Heidi Krutzen © Camilla Greenwell
Heidi Krutzen
© Camilla Greenwell

Founded in 1945, the Philharmonia is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century. The Orchestra’s home is Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, in the heart of London, where the Philharmonia has been resident since 1995 and presents a season of around 50 performances each year. Under Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia has created a series of critically-acclaimed, visionary projects, distinctive for both their artistic scope and supporting live and digital content. Recent series include Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals (2016), which won a South Bank Sky Arts Award. In 2019, Salonen presents his newest series with the Orchestra, Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis.

The Philharmonia is resident orchestra at Bedford Corn Exchange, De Montfort Hall in Leicester, The Marlowe in Canterbury, The Anvil in Basingstoke, the Three Choirs Festival in the West of England, and Garsington Opera. At the heart of these residencies is an education programme that empowers people in every community to engage with, and participate in, orchestral music.

Internationally, the Philharmonia is active across Europe, Asia and the USA. In 2018/19, the Orchestra performs extensively in Europe and undertakes three major international tours, to China and South Korea (October 2018); to Cartagena in Colombia, in a joint digital installation-live concert tour (January 2019); and to the USA (March 2019).

The Philharmonia’s international reputation in part derives from its extraordinary recording legacy, which in the last 10 years has been built on by its pioneering work with digital technology, most recently blazing a trail for classical music in Virtual Reality. VR experiences featuring music by Sibelius, Mahler and Beethoven, placing the viewer at the heart of the orchestra, have been presented at Southbank Centre and internationally.

The Philharmonia records and releases music across multiple channels and media. An app for iPad, The Orchestra, has sold tens of thousands of copies; Hollywood composers choose to record their scores for films, video games and television series with the Orchestra; the Philharmonia is Classic FM’s ‘Orchestra on Tour’ and broadcasts extensively on BBC Radio 3; with Signum Records the Philharmonia releases live recordings of signature concerts.

Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen has been Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor since 2008. Jakub Hrůša and Santtu-Matias Rouvali are Principal Guest Conductors. Christoph von Dohnányi is Honorary Conductor for Life and Vladimir Ashkenazy is Conductor Laureate. Composer Unsuk Chin is Artistic Director of the Music of Today series.

The Philharmonia’s Principal International Partner is Wuliangye.