Started playing professionally in Zagreb in 1871 and in 1920 earned the name of the Zagreb Philharmonics has developed into one of the most prominent cultural institutions in Croatia.
The orchestra that started playing professionally in Zagreb in 1871 and in 1920 earned the name of the Zagreb Philharmonics has developed into one of the most prominent cultural institutions in Croatia. The orchestra’s abundant activities include numerous performances and concert cycles in Croatia, international tours and appearances around the world, with chief conductors Friedrich Zaun, Milan Horvat, Lovro von Matačić, Mladen Bašić, Pavle Dešpalj, Pavel Kogan, Kazushi Ono, Alexander Rahbari and Vjekoslav Šutej, as well as with a number of great visiting maestros, such as Lorin Maazel, Leopold Hager, Zubin Mehta, Rafael Frühbeck De Bourgos, Ivor Bolton, Dmitri Kitayenko, Uroš Lajovic, Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, and Peter Maxwell-Davis. The Orchestra's rich history also includes performances by famous instrumental and vocal soloists, such as Aldo Ciccolini, Igor Oistrach, Henryk Szeryng, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yehudi Menuhin, Emil Gilels, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé, Barbara Hendricks, Ruža Pospiš-Baldani, Dunja Vejzović, Ivo Pogorelić, Mischa Maisky, Simon Trpcheski, etc. The Orchestra works on driving creativity among Croatian composers, supports young artists (through the Young Artist of the Year award, among other things) and has been attracting broader audiences by expanding their repertoire to crossover and multimedia projects. Their abundant discography has received numerous awards and includes releases under prestigious Croatian and international labels. More recently, the Orchestra has developed a close collaboration with maestro Dmitri Kitayenko as well as with Leopold Hager as their first visiting conductor.
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