The Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Russian: Симфонический оркестр Санкт-Петербургской филармонии, Symphonic Orchestra of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia) was formed in 1882, and is Russia's oldest symphony orchestra.
The Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra was initially known as the Imperial Music Choir, and performed for the Court of Alexander III of Russia. By the 1900s, the Orchestra started to give public performances at the Philharmonia and elsewhere in Russia.
After the Russian Revolution, the Orchestra was taken over by the members, and the name was changed to the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Petrograd. In the 1920s, the Orchestra began receiving support from the State, and began to be known internationally. Guest conductor appearances were made by Bruno Walter, Ernest Ansermet, and Hans Knappertsbusch during this time. The city of Petrograd was renamed Leningrad three days after the death of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union. Around this time, the Orchestra was renamed the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra.
Past BBC Events
Proms 2015: Prom 71: St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Proms 2015: Prom 70: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov & Rimsky-Korsakov
Proms 2004: Prom 52
Proms 2004: Prom 50
Proms 2001: Prom 43
Performances & Interviews from Similar Artists
Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Dance of the trees
The Firebird flies into the Albert Hall
Building a Library: Mahler's Symphony No. 7
Bartók: Piano Concerto No 2 – excerpt (2017)
Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G major – excerpt (2017)
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D major (4th mvt - excerpt) (2017)
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring - excerpt (2017)
Highlights from the National Youth Orchestra Prom (2017)