The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra has established itself as the leading national orchestra in the region and a gust of fresh air on the international concert scene. According to the international media, the Belgrade Philharmonic is Serbia’s cult orchestra (The Financial Times), one of the leading European orchestras (The Independent), an orchestra for which there’s no looking back (The Washington Post), and an ensemble which shows grand dose of heritage and pride (The New York Times).
Founded in 1923, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra nowadays has the status of a cultural institution of national importance. The orchestra’s specific image, as well as its creative and often provocative marketing, have influenced the recognition of the orchestra as an exponent of social changes. Thus, the BPO quickly attracted many classical music authorities, who supported its further development. One of the orchestra’s most important collaborations has been the friendship with Maestro Zubin Mehta, who gave benefit concerts with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra over the past several years.
Starting from season 2017/18, Chief Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra will be Gabriel Feltz, and from the same period Principal Guest Conductor will be Daniel Raiskin.
In previous seasons, the orchestra has cooperated with leading international conductors and soloists, including Zubin Mehta, Mikhail Jurowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Neville Mariner, Boris Berezovsky, Gerhard Oppitz, Nelson Freire, Fazil Say, Andrei Gavrilov, Julian Rachlin, Sarah Chang, Isabelle Faust, Mischa Maisky, David Geringas, Sol Gabetta, duo Igudesman and Joo, Vadim Repin, Nikolai Lugansky, Steven Isserlis and many others.
The Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife (OST, "Tenerife Symphony Orchestra") is an orchestra in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The Tenerife Symphony Orchestra is considered one of the best symphony orchestras in Spain.
Founded as the Orquesta de Cámara de Canarias in 1935, it became a symphony orchestra in 1970. Its seat is the Auditorio de Tenerife. Much of its prestige is due to Víctor Pablo Pérez, who conducted the orchestra between 1986 and 2006. From 2006 until 2010 the orchestra conductor has been Lü Jia. Since 2012 the music conductor and artistic director is the polish Michal Nesterowics The orchestra has performed in the main symphony halls in Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom. They have played with several renowned artists including Krystian Zimerman and Kyung Wha Chung.
The OST has been awarded with the Grand Prix de l'Académie française du disque lyrique, the Cannes Classical Awards, Diapason d'Or (in 1994 and 1995) and the Choc of Le Monde de la Musique magazine. It also received the Premio Ondas in its 1992 and 1996 editions.