The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1945 and belongs to the foremost and the oldest symphonic orchestras in the Czech Republic. It resides in the historic Moravian city of Olomouc. This ancient university town is an important centre of education and culture of the whole middle Moravia. After the formation of the independent Czech Republic Olomouc became the centre of the administrative unit of the District of Olomouc.
The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has been lead by significant personalities of the Czech music culture and it has been conducted by internationally renown artists such as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Václav Neumann, Libor Pešek, Vladimír Válek and many more. Famous soloists have performed with the orchestra, for example
S. Richter, I. Oistrach, G. Kremer, S. Ishikawa, P. Fournier, J. Suk, V. Hudeczek, E. Indjic, J. Carreras, A. Baltsa, J. Cura.
During its existence the orchestra has performed an outstandingly large and varied repertoire which, next to the Czech music, includes compositions of the classics of the 19th and 20th century European orchestral music.
The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has intensively been promoting contemporary Czech and international music which has been proven in the hundreds of premiered works of contemporary composers. In recent years the orchestra has been specializing in recording contemporary international music.
The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has performed with great success in the majority of European countries and has taken part in many important international music festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad, for example The Prague Spring Festival, Smetana’s Litomysl, the Summer Music Festival in Reims, France or the Thurn und Taxis Festspiele in Regensburg, Germany. The orchestra has performed on important European stages such as Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Saal der Munchner Philharmonie, Vereinsaal Wien, Saal Pleyel Paris, Tonhalle Zurich or Palaois de Musica in the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Valencia.
The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has been actively taking a share in the organizing of the cultural and concert life in Olomouc. The orchestra is also the promoter of the international music festival Dvořák’s Olomouc and the International Organ Music Festival.
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