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The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is a Swedish orchestra based in Stockholm. The orchestra was founded in 1902 as the Stockholm Concert Society (Stockholms Konsertföreningens orkester). It became a permanent ensemble in 1914. Since 1926, it has been based at Stockholm Concert Hall. Starting in 1937 Swedish Radio has utilized the orchestra as its main broadcast orchestra, in lieu of having its own in-house orchestra. In 1957, it was renamed the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester).

The Wellamo Trio is Anu Silvasti, piano, Lotta Nykäsenoja, violin and Ilkka Uurtimo, cello

The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra is the leading orchestra in Estonia and is based in the capital Tallinn. Founded as the Estonian Radio Symphony Orchestra, it gave its first concert on December 18, 1926.

YL Male Voice Choir was founded in 1883 to become the choir of the Helsinki University. It is also the oldest Finnish-language choir. Nowadays the choir is not completely tied to the university, but all applicants are expected to have passed the matriculation exam or study at any university level. YL gives concerts regularly in Finland and abroad.

Gothenburg Symphony consists of 109 prominent musicians. All driven by the love of music and the desire to deliver incomparable experiences. It is the passion and ambition that makes us one of the leading orchestras in the world.

Jyväskylä Sinfonia consists of 38 musicians and is known for its versatile and broad-minded way of interpreting music. The history of the orchestra, founded in 1955, has seen various stages, among them phases as a private organization and as a communal unit. The orchestra has operated in its present form since 1965. Nowadays, the orchestra is the cornerstone of the cultural life in Jyväskylä and in Central Finland and very popular among its listeners.

The orchestras Chief Conductor is Ville Matvejeff and the Principal Guest Conductor is Moshe Atzmon.

At the heart of British music for over 80 years, the BBC Symphony Orchestra performs an exciting, distinctive and wide-ranging season of concerts at the Barbican in its role as Associate Orchestra, offering everything from works at the heart of classical music to world premieres from today’s finest composers.

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the first professional symphony orchestra to be founded in the Nordic countries, has been operating without a break for 132 years. It has grown from a band of 36 players to an orchestra of 102 regular members giving concerts attended by a total audience of a good 100,000 a year at the Helsinki Music Centre and abroad.

The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (Finnish: Turun Filharmoninen Orkesteri) is a Finnish orchestra based in Turku, Finland. The oldest orchestra in Finland, the Turku Philharmonic is resident at the Turku Concert Hall, the first purpose-built concert hall in Finland, completed in 1952.The orchestra was founded in 1790 under the name Turun Soitannollinen Seur (Musical Society of Turku).

- Built in 1837, known also as the Maly Theatre and Mussorgsky Theatre
- Located on the Arts Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia
- Originally the palace theatre of Grand Duke Mikhail
- General Manager Vladimir Kekhman
- Music Director Peter Feranec
- Ballet Director Nacho Duato

Born on the island of Cuba

As a symphony orchestra that has been in existence since 1935, we cherish our rich history. At the same time, we welcome the opportunities that lie in the future, and join tradition to a taste for renewal. Our home venue, the Flagey building, serves as a solid base from which to carry out all our activities in Brussels, Flanders and beyond.

In 1900, Ferdinand Löwe founded the orchestra as the Wiener Concertverein (Vienna Concert Society). In 1913 it moved into the Konzerthaus, Vienna. In 1919 it merged with the Tonkünstler Orchestra. In 1933 it acquired its current name. Despite a lull in concert attendance after the introduction of the radio during the 1920s, the orchestra survived until the invasion of Austria in 1938 and became incorporated into the German Culture Orchestras. As such, they were used for purposes of propaganda until, depleted by assignments to work in munitions factories, the orchestra closed down on September 1, 1944.

The Grand Theater of Lyceum was established in 1847 in La Rambla Barcelona. Over the years the opera house has kept its role as a cultural and artistic center, and it is one of the symbols of the city.

The Netherland National Opera´s purpose and goals are to provide innovative music theatre productions of high quality in which each theatrical discipline takes an equal part.

It strives to promote the art of music drama in the Netherlands through the presentation of opera performances of a high level in Amsterdam; they complement these performances with supplementary activities in other locations with different media.

Opera North is an award-winning opera company and one of the leading arts companies in Europe. It prides itself on a fresh approach to opera and musical performance. While opera productions on the main stage lead their work, they are more than just an opera company.

Since the beginning of it’s existence in 1960, the Slovak Chamber Orchestra has developed into one of the most popular ensembles in the field of classical music in Slovakia, and into one of the principal representatives of the Slovak interpretation art abroad.

The Madrid Symphony Orchestra (Spanish: Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid), founded in 1903, is the oldest spanish existing symphony orchestra not linked to an opera house (as the Barcelona Teatre del Liceu Orchestra is from 1847)in Spain.

The magnificent Royal Opera House has a fascinating history and is actually the third theatre built on the Covent Garden site. Both the previous theatres were destroyed by fire, a serious hazard in the era before electricity.

The Paris Opera Ballet is today considered to be one of the world's finest companies. The average age is 25, making it one of the youngest. Its repertoire is very extensive, ranging from the major romantic and classical ballets to creations by contemporary choreographers. The Ballet currently stages some 180 performances per season in Paris, the French regions and abroad.

Cloud Gate's rich repertoire has its roots in Asian myths, folklore, and aesthetics, but it brings to these age-old beliefs and stories a contemporary and universal perspective. The company is made up of two-dozen dancers whose training includes Tai Chi Tao Yin (an ancient form of Chi Kung), meditation, martial arts, Chinese Opera movement, modern dance, ballet, and calligraphy.

Based at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Royal Ballet is Great Britain's most prestigious ballet company. Led by Director Monica Mason.

The mission of San Francisco Ballet is to share the joy of dance with its community and around the globe and to provide the highest caliber of dance training in its School. San Francisco Ballet seeks to enhance its position as one of the world's finest dance companies through its vitality, innovation, and diversity and through its uncompromising commitment to artistic excellence based in the classical ballet tradition.

Opera, plays, dance and theatre for the young – Theater Bremen offers performances of the highest standards in all four categories. Under its new management of August 2007, Theater Bremen now focuses on internationality, diversity and breaking new ground. This latter aspect is represented by the numerous new collaborations with different partners and the opening of four permanent stages to the public. In addition, the establishment of an art gallery in the original main building of the theatre bears evidence of this new tenor.

- Anastasia Matvienko
- Denis Matvienko

The Imperial Russian Ballet was founded in 1993 by Gediminas Taranda and Nikolai Anokhine under guidance of Maya Plisetsakaya. Nowadays the company tours around the world and co-operates with the Moscow Novaya Opera Theatre.

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 Lahti Symphony Orchestra has been described as a ‘small-town wonder’. Its collaboration with the Swedish record company BIS was the first clear signal that its aspirations were no longer those of a provincial ensemble but were oriented towards the wider orchestral world, and the orchestra fulfilled many of its wildest dreams together with its principal conductor Osmo Vänskä (1988–2008). Since the autumn of 2008 until the spring of 2011 the orchestra’s artistic advisor – and artistic director of the Sibelius Festival – was Jukka-Pekka Saraste. In the autumn of 2011 Okko Kamu succeeded him as the orchestra’s principal conductor and as artistic director of the Festival.

The story of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra began in 1923, with the formation of the Metropolitan Orchestra, which rapidly became one of the pillars of Hungarian musical life.

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is the musical heart of the city of Rotterdam. Soon after its foundation in 1918, the ensemble evolved into one of the leading orchestras in the Netherlands.

Brussels Philharmonic -the Orchestra of Flanders (formerly the The Vlaams Radio Orkest), founded in 1935 as a studio ensemble under the aegis of the public broadcasting network, is today a modern, flexible symphony orchestra with a predilection for the past but with its sights resolutely set on the future.

The Flemish Radio Choir is a professional chamber choir whose programme includes works from the entire repertoire, with particular attention to Flemish and contemporary music. Each season the choir also commissions works from a number of Flemish composers. Since the 2005-2006 season, the Flemish Radio Choir once again makes its home in the Flagey building.