London Philharmonic Orchestra
The London Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world's best-known orchestras, balancing a
long and distinguished history with a reputation as one of the UK's most forward-looking
orchestras. As well as performing classical concerts, the orchestra also records film and
computer-game soundtracks, has its own record label, and reaches thousands of Londoners
every year through activities for schools and local communities.
The orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932, and since then has been headed by
many great conductors, including Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus
Tennstedt, and Kurt Masur. The current principal conductor is Vladimir Jurowski, appointed
in 2007, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin as principal guest conductor.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival
Hall since it opened in 1951, becoming resident orchestra in 1992. It also has flourishing
residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne; each summer it plays for Glyndebourne Festival
Opera, where it has been the resident symphony orchestra since 1964.
The orchestra tours internationally, and its plans for the 2011-2012 season include visits
to Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, the US, Spain, China, Russia, Oman, Brazil, and
Having long been embraced by the recording, broadcasting, and film industries, the London
Philharmonic Orchestra broadcasts regularly on television and radio. It has also recorded
soundtracks for blockbuster motion pictures, including the Oscar-winning score for The
Lord of the Rings trilogy.In 2005, it established its own record label.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra maintains an energetic program of activities for young
people and local communities, including concerts for families and schools. Over the last
few years, developments in technology and social networks have enabled the orchestra to
reach even more people worldwide: All of its recordings are available to download from
iTunes and, as well as a YouTube channel, news blog, iPhone app, and regular podcasts, the
orchestra has a thriving presence on Facebook and Twitter.
Visit lpo.org.uk for more information.
Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow, but in 1990 moved with his family to Germany, where
he completed his musical studies in Dresden and Berlin. In 1995, he made a highly
successful debut at the Wexford Opera Festival conducting Rimsky-Korsakov's May
Night, launching his international career. Since then, he has been a guest at some of
the world's leading opera houses, such as the Opéra nationale de Paris, Welsh National
Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Royal
Opera House, Covent Garden.
In January 2001, Mr. Jurowski became music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera and was
appointed principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in May 2006. He also
holds the titles of principal artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and
artistic director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation. From
2005 to 2009, he served as principal guest conductor of the Russian National
Mr. Jurowski is a regular guest with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the
Berlin and Oslo philharmonic orchestras, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Philadelphia
Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Bavarian Radio Symphony
Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and Staatskapelle
Dresden. Highlights of his 2011-2012 season and beyond include his debuts with the Vienna
Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra, and San
Francisco Symphony, as well as return visits to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chamber
Orchestra of Europe, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,
Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Staatskapelle Dresden, and
The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mr. Jurowski's operatic appearances have included Jenůfa, The Queen of
Spades,andHänsel und Gretel at the Metropolitan Opera, Parsifal and
Wozzeck at the Welsh National Opera, War and Peace atthe Opéra national
de Paris, Eugene Onegin at Teatro alla Scala, and Iolanta at the
Semperoper Dresden, as well as Die Zauberflöte, La Cenerentola,
Otello, Macbeth, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde, Die
Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Don Giovanni, The Rake's Progress,and
Peter Eötvös's Love andOther Demons at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Future engagements include new productions of Ariadne auf Naxos and The
Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne, Die Frau ohne Schatten at the
Metropolitan Opera, Moses und Aron at Komische Oper Berlin, and Ruslan and
Lyudmila at the Bolshoi Theatre.