11 December 2016
Concert of Slovak Philharmonic, conductor: Rastislav Štúr; solo player: Dalibor Karvay (violin) / Rome
The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra is the oldest and most important Slovak symphonic ensemble. It was founded in 1949 by two remarkable internationally acclaimed conductors, Václav Talich and Ľudovít Rajter.
Other principal conductors who have also played a role in shaping the orchestra artistically include Tibor Frešo, Ladislav Slovák, Libor Pešek, Vladimir Verbickij, Bystrík Režucha, Aldo Ceccato and later Ondrej Lenárd, Jiří Bělohlávek, Vladimír Válek and Peter Feranec. The orchestra’s principal conductor is currently Emmanuel Villaume. Leoš Svárovský and Rastislav Štúr are permanent guest conductors.
The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra regularly appears at prominent venues and festivals in Europe. They have played in almost all European countries, in Turkey, Japan, South Korea and the USA.
In addition, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra has made numerous recordings for radio, television and record companies, including Opus, Supraphon, Panton, Hungaroton, JVC Victor, RCA, Pacific Music, Naxos and Marco Polo.
The 2015/2016 concert season has yielded a variety of top-quality local productions, as well as interesting concert offers from abroad. In March 2016, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra appeared in the Oman Royal Opera House Muscat for the fourth time, performing Le Corsaire together with the English Royal Ballet. The season will be rounded off in July 2016 with a concert in Brussels to celebrate the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council.
PHOTO: Tomáš Hulík