Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra

Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra

Over the course of its 91-year history, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra has established itself as one of the leading regional orchestras on the European continent and in recent times, one of the most innovative. The chief conductor of the orchestra is Muhai Tang, who has held the position since 2010; Vladimir Kulenovic is resident conductor.

This 96-member ensemble has not only played host to some of the greatest conductors and soloists of the 20th century - such artists as Karl Böhm, Sir John Barbirolli, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arthur Rubinstein, and countless others - but continues that tradition of excellence in the 21st century, in partnership with today’s greatest interpretive talents - Zubin Mehta, Nelson Freire, Fazil Say, Midori, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Sarah Chang among them.

With an active touring schedule throughout Europe, the Belgrade Philharmonic has burnished its reputation as an exceptional interpreter not only of the great masterpieces of the standard repertoire but of new voices in contemporary music as well. To this breadth of vision the orchestra adds innovative programming concepts, active community engagement and highly imaginative marketing techniques.

The Belgrade Philharmonic initiates actions contributing to social progress, promotion of tolerance, and regional and international cooperation, while celebrating ethnic and religious diversity by using the power of music as a universal language. It reaches out to diverse cultural communities within its borders and actively promotes ties with all the Balkan nations, in a series of programs celebrated and supported by the EU. The orchestra makes its first tour of the U.S. in October 2014.


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