Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1951 by Samuel Samosud, a distinguished
conductor of the Bolshoi Opera, and is regarded as one of the
world’s finest symphony ensembles. In 1958, Kiril Kondrashin began
a long-lasting relationship with the orchestra Under his direction,
the orchestra toured extensively throughout the world, including a
highly successful seven week tour of the USA in 1965.
In 1976, Dmitry Kitaenko became music director of the Moscow
Philharmonic, providing a new creative force. The Orchestra returned
to the USA in 1970, 1979, 1990, 1994 (twice, including a tour with
Van Cliburn for his celebrated return appearance) and in 1995.
Maestro Kitaenko resigned in 1990 and Vassily Sinaisky took over. In
1996, Mark Ermler was appointed as chief conductor. Two years later,
he was succeeded by the eminent Russian conductor, Yuri Simonov,
Recently, internationally-renowned conductor, Dmitry Yablonsky, was
appointed principal guest conductor.
Among the many distinguished guest conductors of the Moscow
Philharmonic have been such musicians as Igor Stravinsky, Zubin
Metha, and Igor Markevich. Famous soloists such as Issac Stern,
Iehudi Menuhin, Arthur Rubinstein, Glenn Gould, Mauricio Pollini,
David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Guillels, Mstislav
Rostropovich and Yuri Bashmet have performed with the orchestra. The
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra has made over one hundred recordings,
many of which have been honoured with music’s most coveted prizes,
and has performed in over five thousand concerts.