London Philharmonic Orchestra
Recognized today as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the
London Philharmonic Orchestra balances a long and distinguished history with a reputation
as one of the UK's most forward-looking ensembles. In addition to its concert performances,
the orchestra also records film soundtracks, releases CDs on its own record label, and
reaches thousands of people every year through activities for families, schools, and
The orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932 and has since been led by
many great conductors, including Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus
Tennstedt, and Kurt Masur. Appointed in 2007, the orchestra's current principal conductor
is Vladimir Jurowski. In September 2015, Andrés Orozco-Estrada will take up the
position of principal guest conductor.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing at Southbank Centre's Royal
Festival Hall since it opened in 1951, and it became the venue's resident orchestra in
1992. It also has flourishing residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne and plays for the
Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the summer, where it has been the festival's resident
symphony orchestra for more than 50 years. Touring abroad also forms a significant part of
the orchestra's schedule. Highlights of the 2014-2015 season include appearances across
Europe and tours to the US, Canada, and China.
The orchestra broadcasts regularly on television and radio. It also works within
the film industries in Hollywood and the UK, recording soundtracks for blockbusters
including the Oscar-winning score for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
In the summer of 2012, the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed as part of
Queen Elizabeth II's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and was also chosen to record the
world's national anthems for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In 2013, it was the winner
of the Royal Philharmonic Society's Ensemble Music Award.
The orchestra maintains an energetic program of activities for young people,
including the BrightSparks school concerts and FUNharmonics family concerts. Its work at
the forefront of digital engagement and social media has enabled the orchestra to reach
even more people worldwide. In addition to its lively presence on Facebook and Twitter, the
orchestra maintains a YouTube channel and puts out regular podcasts, and all of its
recordings are available for download on iTunes.
One of today's most sought-after conductors, Vladimir Jurowski is acclaimed
worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment. Mr. Jurowski
was born in Moscow in 1972 and studied at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber
Dresden and Berlin's Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. In 1995, Mr. Jurowski made his
international debut at the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland conducting Rimsky-Korsakov's
May Night. In the same year, he debuted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,
with Verdi's Nabucco.
Mr. Jurowski was appointed principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic
Orchestra in 2003, becoming the orchestra's principal conductor in September 2007. 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 Russia. He has previously
held the positions of first Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997-2001),
principal guest conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2000-2003), principal guest
conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (2005-2009), and music director of Glyndebourne
Festival Opera (2001-2013).
Mr. Jurowski is a regular guest with many leading orchestras in both Europe and
North America, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, St.
Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Philadelphia
Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra,
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Chamber Orchestra of
His opera engagements have included Rigoletto, Jenůfa, The
Queen of Spades, Hänsel und Gretel, and Die Frau ohne Schatten at
the Metropolitan Opera; Parsifal and Wozzeck at the Welsh National Opera
in Cardiff; War and Peace at the Opéra national de Paris; Eugene Onegin
at Teatro alla Scala in Milan; Ruslan and Ludmila at the Bolshoi Theatre in
Moscow; Iolanta and Der Teufel von Loudun at the Semperoper in Dresden; and
numerous operas at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, including Otello,
Macbeth, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von
Nürnberg, Don Giovanni, The Cunning Little Vixen, Ariadne auf
Naxos, and Péter Eötvös's Love and Other Demons.