The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1949. Two remarkable internationally acclaimed personalities, Václav Talich (Principal Conductor 1949 - 1952) and Ľudovít Rajter (1949 - 1976, until 1961 as its Artistic Director) asisted at its birth. Other principal conductors that have played their part in the music evolution of the orchestra include Tibor Frešo, Ladislav Slovák, Libor Pešek, Vladimir Verbickij, Bystrík Režucha, and Aldo Ceccato.

 

The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1949. Two remarkable internationally acclaimed personalities, Václav Talich (Principal Conductor 1949 - 1952) and Ľudovít Rajter (1949 - 1976, until 1961 as its Artistic Director) asisted at its birth. Other principal conductors that have played their part in the music evolution of the orchestra include Tibor Frešo, Ladislav Slovák, Libor Pešek, Vladimir Verbickij, Bystrík Režucha, and Aldo Ceccato. From 1991 to 2001 Ondrej Lenárd was Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. In the 2003/2004 season, Jiří Bělohlávek acted as Artistic Director. In 2004 Vladimír Válek became Principal Conductor. Since September 2007 the position of Principal Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra has been taken up by Peter Feranec and Leoš Svárovský has been the Permanent Guest Conductor.


Among the many guest conductors it is necessary to mention world-famous artists like Claudio Abbado, Hermann Abendroth, Karel Ančerl, Serge Baudo, Roberto Benzi, Miltiades Caridis, Sergiu Celibidache, James Conlon, Oskar Danon, Christoph von Dohnányi, Vladimir Fedosejev, János Ferencsik, Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi and others. In 1996, after a long-term successful collaboration with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdeněk Košler was awarded the title of honour of Honorary Principal Conductor in memoriam. Numerous famous composers have also conducted their own compositions with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, among others Krzysztof Penderecki and Aram Khachaturian.


The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra regularly appears on music festivals all over Europe (Prague Spring, Prague Autumn, Bratislava Music Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Brucknerfest Linz, Carinthischer Sommer, Berliner Festtage, Festival de Strasbourg, Warszawska Jesień, Athens Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Sagra Musicale Umbra). During its numerous international tours, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra has performed in most European countries, Cyprus, Turkey, Japan, and the United States of America. The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra has made a great variety of recordings for radio broadcasts, television and record companies including OPUS, Supraphon, Panton, Hungaroton, JVC Victor, RCA, Pacific Music, Naxos and Marco Polo.


The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra is the most significant symphony orchestra in the Slovak Republic and forms the centre of music life in the capital, Bratislava. Every season the programme includes a series of theme-orientated symphonic, vocal and symphonic, and chamber concerts and special concert series for children and young listeners.