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About Philharmonia Orchestra

One of the world's greatest orchestras led by Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras. Acknowledged as the UK’s foremost musical pioneer, with an extraordinary recording legacy, the Philharmonia leads the field for its quality of playing, and for its innovative approach to audience development, residencies, music education and the use of new technologies in reaching a global audience. Together with its relationships with the world’s most sought-after artists, most importantly its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia Orchestra is at the heart of British musical life. Today, the Philharmonia has the greatest claim of any orchestra to be the UK’s National orchestra. It is committed to presenting the same quality, live music making in venues throughout the country as it brings to London and the great concert halls of the world. In 2014/15 the Orchestra is performing more than 160 concerts, as well as recording scores for films, CDs and computer games. Under Esa-Pekka Salonen a series of flagship, visionary projects – City of Dreams: Vienna 1900 -1935 (2009), Bill Viola’s Tristan und Isolde (2010), Infernal Dance: Inside the World of Béla Bartók (2011) and Woven Words, a celebration of Witold Lutosławski’s centenary year – have been critically acclaimed. The latest such project, City of Light: Paris 1900-1950, is launched in November 2014 and headlines the Orchestra’s 2014/15 season. In 2015 the Orchestra celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the foundation of its much admired UK and International Residency Programme, which began in 1995 with the launch of its residencies at Bedford Corn Exchange and London’s Southbank Centre. During 2014/15 the Orchestra not only performs more than 35 concerts at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, but also enters its 18th year as Resident Orchestra of De Montfort Hall in Leicester and its 14th year as Orchestra in Partnership at The Anvil in Basingstoke; and the fourth year of its residencies at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and the Three Choirs Festival. The Philharmonia’s extensive touring schedule this season also includes a major series in Taiwan and Japan with Esa-Pekka Salonen, a tour to Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Brazil with Vladimir Ashkenazy, and concerts in France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Poland.

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