The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra

“In my opinion, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best in Russia, which means in Europe as well, as the level of Russian musicians is very high.” Vadim Repin 

“I give 60-70 concerts per year, and five minutes is enough for me to understand what kind of orchestra is in front of me. The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra is very good, one of the best in Russia.” Krzysztof Penderecki 

“The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra is amazing! It is always pleasant to work with it. Dmitry Liss is a wonderful conductor whom I deeply respect.” Boris Berezovsky 


Founded in 1936, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best symphony orchestras in Russia today. The orchestra is known for its high quality performance culture and flexibility in learning new pieces of music. The orchestra consists of more than 100 musicians, and every year it performs up to 110 concerts and offers more than 70 programs. The orchestra’s repertoire consists of all major Western European and Russian classical works, as well as the works of outstanding contemporary composers. 


The following world famous musicians have performed with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra: Mstislav Rostropovich, Dmitry Khvorostovky, Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Alexander Knyazev, Eliso Virsaladze, Liana Isakadze, Nikolay Petrov, Vadim Repin, Sergey Krylov, Boris Berezovsky, Viktor Tretyakov, Vladimir Kraynev, Mikhail Pletnev, Frederick Kempf, Dmitry Bashkirov, Peter Donohoe, Naum Shtarkman, Alexander Rudin, Martin Frost, Denis Matsuev, Nikolay Lugansky, Aleyna Bayeva, Leticia Muños, Massimo Giordano, Olga Borodina, Alexey Ogrinchuk, Sergey Nakaryakov, Sayaka Shoji, Arkady Shilkloper, and many others. 


Over the years the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra worked with many outstanding Russian and foreign guest conductors: Dmitry Kitayenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Valery Gergiev, Alexander Vedernikov, Andrey Boreyko, Mikhail Pletnev, Alexander Lazarev, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Klaus Tennstedt, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Daniil Rayskin, Michiyoshi Inoue, Fabio Mastrangelo, Charles Ansbacher, Sarah Coldwell, and many others. 


The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra performed in the following concert halls: 

Arsenal (Metz, France) 

Auditorio de Murcia (Murcia, Spain) 

Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory (Moscow, Russia) 

Great Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Society (St. Petersburg, Russia) 

Beethovenhalle (Stuttgart, Germany) 

Bunka-Kaikan (Tokyo, Japan) 

Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 

Debussy Hall (Cannes, France) 

Kultur und Kongresszentrum (Lucerne, Switzerland) 

Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (Washington, DC) 

Le Corum – Opéra Berlioz (Montpellier, France) 

Concert Hall Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg, Russia) 

Palais des Congres (Nantes, France) 

Salle Pleyel (Paris, France) 

Tokyo International Forum (Tokyo, Japan) 

Tonhalle (Zurich, Switzerland) 

Queen Elisabeth Hall (Antwerp, Belgium) 

Victoria Hall (Geneva, Switzerland) 


Every year composers from various countries entrust the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra with the first performance of their compositions. Recent world premieres: 

R.Кoering. Symphony poem Chorale & Lamento. The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Liss. September 18, 2011 

А. Tchaikovsky. A Night at a Harem, concerto for cello and orchestra. The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Liss, soloist – Boris Аndrianov. September 14, 2011 


The General Manager of the orchestra in Europe is Les Productions Internationales Albert Sarfati (France). 


The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra has made numerous recordings on order of companies from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Japan, the United States, France, and Great Britain, including Warner Classics International and Mirare. The orchestra’s concerts have been broadcast live on Radio 


2 july 2012

The Sverdlovsk Philharmonic and the Ural Academic Philharmonic Orchestra under the auspices of the Union of Russian composers holds the Open Contest “Peter and the Wolf 2012” (hereinafter referred to as the Contest) to composers for a composition in symphonic music for children. The Contest will be held in September 2012 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.