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The history of the ST.PETERSBURG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA  began in 1931 when an ensemble was organized at the Leningrad Radio. Shortly after that, the ensemble grew to the level of a symphony orchestra. An orchestra, performing in the live air format and collaborating with many conductors, called for constant reinvigoration of a program and acquired flexibility in its performing manner. During the World War II Siege of Leningrad, this orchestra of Leningrad Radio was the only symphony orchestra remaining in the blockaded city. In – August 1942, conducted by Karl Eliasberg, this orchestra played the historic Leningrad première of the Seventh Symphony by Shostakovich.

In the summer of 1953 it became the second orchestra of Leningrad Philharmonia. Tours were held for the first time, including tours abroad; in 1962–1963 the series of composers concerts were complemented with I. Stravinsky and B. Britten. The orchestra gained itself fame of the best accompanying orchestras in the nation, performing with Van Cliburn, Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Yehudi Menuhin and David Oistrakh. In 1968 right after PhD studies at Leningrad conservatory, Yuri Temirkanov joins the orchestra. His activity is related to the rapid growth in repertoire and important tours.

In 1977 the orchestra had been taken over by its today’s artistic director Alexander Dmitriev. The collaboration of the conductor with the orchestra continues for more than thirty years. It is the first time in the history of the orchestra that the alliance lasts for so long. These years are marked by the awarding of an honorary title “academic orchestra” to the team.  The orchestra has been on tours in Europe, Asia, America. It took part in prestige international festivals (“Arts Square”, “Stars of the White Nights”, “Prague autumn”, “Swansea”, “Canterbury”). The history of the team’s contacts with guest conductors, composers and soloists is as abundant as before. The discography of the team was enriched with recordings of all Beethoven’s and Schubert’s symphonies, and Tchaikovsky`s, Rachmaninov`s, Ravel`s, Britten`s compositions. During the ensuing years in St. Petersburg, the orchestra presented premières of music by Mahler, Debussy, Ravel, Scriabin, Tippet, Orff, Petrov, Slonimsky, Falik, and Pärt. Slonimsky dedicates his Twelfth Symphony to the orchestra, according to him he is obliged to the ensemble with “his symphony debuts”; at the concert dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Yuri Falik's birthday they play the premiere of his Third Symphony. The orchestra, participated in debut concert of the Conservatory student Andrei Petrov in 1954, half a century after the ensemble plays at the first concert in memory of the composer. In its repertoire the Leningrad Symphony by Shostakovich still plays a significant part. In 2004 it was played in honor of the 60th anniversary of the reversal of blockade. And on the 9th of May, 2005 at the Victory Day it was played in Albert Hall under the baton of Maxim Shostakovich – son of the composer.

In the season 2013/14 the orchestra continues successfully to blend the classical repertoire with new pieces. All Beethoven's Sonatas will be performed by F.Kempf, Wagner's Rienzi will be conducted by S. Stadler, the fragments from Verdi`s operas – by F. Mastrangelo, rarely performed Romeo and Juliet Symphony of Berlioz will be rendered by V. Altschuler and Haydn's Farewell Symphony will be compared with Sperger's Arrival Symphony in the concert of V. Nesterov.

The theme of the comparison of composers will be continued in the new season ticket “Classic: Reloaded”.
The premiere of Concerto grosso of the young Petersburg author M. Krutic will take place as a part of this season ticket. The list of premiers of the season will be followed by composition of R. Strauss, Honegger, Dutilleux, Molinelli, Korolyov and the newest scores based on tales of philharmonic listeners (new year concert).

Opuses of Ravel, Ibert, Roussel, Berg, Webern, Respighi, Stravinsky, Bartók, Kodály, Szymanowski, Rodrigo, Gershwin, Bernstein, Barber, Piazzolla, Karaev will create the magnificent panorama of the music of XX-XXI centuries.
Music from famous soundtracks will not be forgotten as well – particularly in the “Concerts in tailcoats and jeans” Season Ticket. Concerts with the TV presenter Nika Strizhak and the concert dedicated to the anniversary of A. Sax (the creator of the saxophone) promise to be bright notable events of the season.  
The orchestra will participate in the International Festivals “Musical collection”, “Musical Olimpus”. “St.Petersburg's Musical Spring”, and the “Arts Square”, where it will be conducted by Y.Temirkanov. 




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