The Philharmonia Orchestra, founded in 1945, is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century.
Led by its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia performs 40 concerts a year at Southbank Centre, on Thursdays and Sundays, accompanied by free performances and talks.
The Philharmonia has a pioneering approach to the role of the modern-day orchestra, reaching new audiences and participants through audience development, digital technology and creative learning programmes.
Find music to thrill, challenge or inspire you, from the great symphonies of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to thought-provoking new works by Unsuk Chin, Peter Eötvös.
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The Philharmonia Orchestra was founded in London in 1945 and has been Resident at Southbank Centre since 1995. It performs 35 concerts here every season, as well as touring extensively across the UK and internationally, and recording music for films, computer games and commercial CD releases. Throughout its 70-year history, the Orchestra has worked with some of the greatest names in classical music, including Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, Igor Stravinsky and contemporary stars Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel and Lang Lang, to name just a very few.
Since 2008, Esa-Pekka Salonen has held the post of Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser at the Orchestra, maintaining its tradition of innovation. At the heart of its programming policy is a commitment to performing and commissioning new works by leading composers, among them the Artistic Director of its Music of Today series, Unsuk Chin. Throughout its history the Philharmonia Orchestra has commissioned more than 100 works from composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Mark-Anthony Turnage and James MacMillan. The Orchestra supports talented young musicians with the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and an annual Orchestral Award. It is also pioneers new technology, most recently working on projects including the iOrchestra, which attracted 100,000 participants, and an iPad app, The Orchestra.