London Philharmonic Orchestra
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Biography

Recognised today as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra balances a long and distinguished history with a reputation as one of the UK’s most forward-looking ensembles. As well as its performances in the concert hall, the Orchestra also records film and video game soundtracks, releases CDs on its own record label, and reaches thousands of people every year through activities for families, schools and local communities.

The Orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932. It has since been headed by many of the world’s greatest conductors including Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. Vladimir Jurowski is currently the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, appointed in 2007. Andrés Orozco-Estrada took up the position of Principal Guest Conductor in September 2015. Magnus Lindberg is the Orchestra’s current Composer in Residence.


The Orchestra is resident at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London, where it gives around 40 concerts each season. Throughout 2016 the LPO joined many of the UK’s other leading cultural institutions in Shakespeare400, celebrating the Bard’s legacy 400 years since his death. In 2017 we will collaborate with Southbank Centre on Belief and Beyond Belief: a year-long multi-artform festival. Other 2016/17 season highlights include the return of Osmo Vänskä to conduct the Sibelius symphonies alongside major British concertos by Britten, Elgar, Walton and Vaughan Williams; Jurowski’s continuation of his Mahler and Brucker symphony cycles; landmark contemporary works by Steve Reich, Philip Glass, John Adams and Gavin Bryars; and premieres of new works by Wayne Shorter, Aaron Jay Kernis and the Orchestra’s Composer in Residence Magnus Lindberg.

Outside London, the Orchestra has flourishing residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne, and performs regularly around the UK. Each summer the Orchestra takes up its annual residency at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the Sussex countryside, where it has been Resident Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years. The Orchestra also tours internationally, performing to sell-out audiences worldwide. In 1956 it became the first British orchestra to appear in Soviet Russia and in 1973 made the first ever visit to China by a Western orchestra. Touring remains a large part of the Orchestra’s life: the 2015/16 season included visits to Mexico, Spain, Germany, the Canary Islands and Russia; and tour plans for 2016/17 include New York, Germany, Hungary, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Switzerland.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has recorded the soundtracks to numerous blockbuster films, from The Lord of the Rings trilogy to Lawrence of Arabia, East is East, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Thor: The Dark World. It also broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and in 2005 established its own record label. There are now over 90 releases available on CD and to download. Recent additions include Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3 and Ten Songs under Vladimir Jurowski; a second volume of works by the Orchestra's former Composer in Residence, Julian Anderson; and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5 with veteran maestro Stanisław Skrowaczewski.

In summer 2012 the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames, and was also chosen to record all the world’s national anthems for the London 2012 Olympics. In 2013 it was the winner of the RPS Music Award for Ensemble.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians through an energetic programme of activities for young people. Highlights include the BrightSparks schools’ concerts and FUNharmonics family concerts; the Young Composers Programme; and the Foyle Future Firsts orchestral training programme for outstanding young players. Its work at the forefront of digital engagement and social media has enabled the Orchestra to reach even more people worldwide: all its recordings are available to download from iTunes and, as well as regular concert streamings and a popular podcast series, the Orchestra has a lively presence on social media.

SEASON 2016/2017

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Discography

Feb. 2017, LPO, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon

Tour

London Philharmonic OrchestraVladimir Jurowski
  • Alina Ibragimova
  • Christian Tetzlaff
07.09.17 - 10.09.17
London Philharmonic OrchestraAlain Altinoglu
  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja
09.11.17 - 17.11.17
London Philharmonic OrchestraChristoph Eschenbach
  • David Garrett
12.02.18 - 18.02.18
London Philharmonic OrchestraVladimir Jurowski
  • Daniil Trifonov
  • Ray Chen
08.03.18 - 16.03.18
London Philharmonic OrchestraAndrés Orozco-Estrada
    31.08.18 - 02.09.18Verdi: Requiem
    London Philharmonic OrchestraSir Roger Norrington
    • Arabella Steinbacher
    • Fazil Say
    10.12.18 - 16.12.18
    London Philharmonic OrchestraRobin Ticciati
    • Christian Tetzlaff
    03.02.19 - 11.02.19
    London Philharmonic Orchestra
      23.08.19 - 27.08.19
      London Philharmonic OrchestraVladimir Jurowski
        12.12.19 - 18.12.19
        London Philharmonic OrchestraRobin Ticciati
        • Anne-Sophie Mutter
        • Pablo Ferrández
        • Khatia Buniatishvili
        12.03.20 - 20.03.20Beethoven: Tripelkonzert
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