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Guide to the Philharmonia Orchestra

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LondonVerdi Requiem

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Philharmonia Orchestra; Ivor Setterfield; Barts Choir; Anna Patalong; Marta Fontanals-Simmons; David Butt Philip

LondonRouvali conducts Stravinsky

© Camilla Greenwell
Adams, Stravinsky
Philharmonia Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Pekka Kuusisto

LeicesterTchaikovsky and Bruch

© Simon Fowler
Mendelssohn, Bruch, Tchaikovsky
Philharmonia Orchestra; Pablo Heras-Casado; Nicola Benedetti

LondonMusic of Today: Composers' Academy

© Camilla Greenwell
Lin, Woolf, Ashby
Philharmonia Orchestra; Geoffrey Paterson

LondonTchaikovsky and Bruch

© Simon Fowler
Mendelssohn, Bruch, Tchaikovsky
Philharmonia Orchestra; Pablo Heras-Casado; Nicola Benedetti
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Paavo Järvi and Viktoria Mullova impress in Sibelius and Tchaikovsky

Viktoria Mullova © Benjamin Ealovega
Paavo Järvi brought pathos and nuance to Sibelius' Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. 
***11
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Forging ahead: Philharmonia celebrates The Anvil's 25th anniversary

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Martyn Brabbins and the Philharmonia © Belinda Lawley
Kanneh-Mason's tone was luminous, his accuracy formidable, his commitment complete.
****1
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Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia in all-Russian evening

Esther Yoo © Marco Borggreve
The venerable Russian maestro and Conductor Laureate led the Philharmonia in an all-Russian programme with sensitive charm, youthful fire, and emotional range, with outstanding soloist Esther Yoo.
****1
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The elixir of love: Blomstedt conducts the Philharmonia

Herbert Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann
As spry as ever at 91, Herbert Blomstedt returns to the Philharmonia for an energetic "Eroica" Symphony with plenty of brio. 
*****
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Day trips: Beethoven and Berlioz from Herbert Blomstedt

Herbert Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann

The veteran Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt proved an illuminating tour guide through a pair of early 19th-century programmatic symphonies.

****1
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Peter Eötvös: “Translate the idea of the cosmos into music”

Peter Eötvös © Csibi Szilvia
Ahead of his concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Peter Eötvös talks about his musical influences and inspirations.
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
Biography

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.

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