"In Milan there is a symphonic orchestra that has done nothing but improve over the years to become a grand orchestra. This is the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi." (Corriere della Sera)

laVerdi, founded in 1993 by Vladimir Delman, is a major player in Italy’s current cultural landscape, able to tackle a repertoire that extends from Bach at the cornerstone of the 19th century to the music of the 20th century. Since 1999, the Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo, known for its fine architecture and acoustic technology and considered one of the best Italian concert halls, is home to the Orchestra.

From 1999 to 2005 Riccardo Chailly, now the Conductor Laureate, assumed the role of Musical Director, a role that in the 2009-2010 Season was given to the dynamic Chinese-American conductor Ms. Zhang Xian. 

Another distinct element of the Orchestra is the Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, led from 1998 until his absence by Maestro Romano Gandolfi, a prestigious figure of choral direction that has worked in the most important operatic theaters in the world. The Chorus, with its 100 members, is currently conducted by Erina Gambarini.

The activity of the Symphony Orchestra is supported by various artistic groups, such as the baroque ensemble ‘’laBarocca’’ founded by M° Ruben Jais and specialized in the 17th century repertoire. Furthermore, the Children’s Chorus and the OSJ (Junior Symphony Orchestra) are composed by kids (from 8 to 18 years old) who are involved in both performing and educational activities. 

laVerdi is also one of the very few symphonic institutions in Italy that can praise it’s own recreational Orchestra, known as ‘’laVerdi per Tutti’,’ which regularly performs on the Auditorium stage. 

These artistic groups are a proof of laVerdi commitment to music education projects. In addition, music courses, conferences, concert lessons and open rehearsals offer people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to get in touch with music from another perspective.

Last Season (2013-2014) laVerdi celebrated two important anniversaries, the 20th anniversary of its own foundation and Giuseppe Verdi’s bicentenary, with some relevant events. laVerdi performed in a successful tournée in Germany (July 2013) and at the Proms Festival, alongside with tenor Joseph Calleja, (September 2013), featuring a selection of Giuseppe Verdi’s arias. Another meaningful event must be mentioned: the performance of Mahler’s colossal 8th Symphony, conducted by M° Riccardo Chailly. 

Season 2014-2015 will also represent a big challenge for laVerdi. Expo 2015 project gave laVerdi the opportunity to rethink it’s Season listing on a solar year. The doors of the Auditorium will stay opened from September 2014 to December 2015 without interruptions, offering the city more than 250 concerts from baroque to contemporary music, from symphony repertoire and operas to jazz and music for the cinema.