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    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    London Philharmonic Orchestra, musicians playing the violin

    One of the world's finest symphony orchestras, founded in 1932

    The London Philharmonic Orchestra is recognised today as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage.

    The Orchestra was founded in 1932 and has been performing at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall since it opened in 1951, becoming a Resident Orchestra in 1992.

    In 2021/22, Edward Gardner and Karina Canellakis conduct their first concerts as Principal Conductor and Principal Guest Conductor.

    Karina Canellakis conducts Sibelius’ Symphony No.5, Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4, and is joined by pianist Stephen Hough in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3, and Christian Tetzlaff in Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.2.

    Edward Gardner conducts four more concerts in the spring including works by Bartók, Schoenberg, Mendelssohn and Brahms, and is joined by cellists Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Alban Gerhardt, baritone Roderick Williams, and soprano Sophie Bevan.

    The LPO celebrates new music with the long-awaited world premiere of James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio, a concert of film music by Danny Elfman and Howard Shore, and the premiere of the new version of Brett Dean’s haunting Notturno inquieto, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski in his new role of Conductor Emeritus. Jurowski also conducts Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 with Leonidas Kavakos and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 with Mitsuko Uchida.

    Julia Fischer joins the LPO this spring as Artist-in-Residence, performing all five of Mozart’s Violin Concertos. She is also joined by her good friend Nils Mönkemeyer in Mozart’s sublime Sinfonia concertante, and directs a chamber concert with LPO Principal players in a performance including works by Shostakovich, Bruch and Dvořák.

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