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Symphonic Orchestra of the Karelian State Philarmonic Society
Address: Kirov Street 12, Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, 185035
Chief Guest Conductor: Marius Stravinsky
Telephone: +7(8142) 78-43-53
Telephone/fax: +7(8142) 76-97-06


The symphonic orchestra was founded in 1933. It has united the best musical forces of the capital of Karelia of that time. One of direct organizers of the collective and the first conductor was the skilled musician and composer Leopold Teplitsky. Further the orchestra there was conducted by such famous masters, as Konstantin Simyeonov, Karl Eliasberg, Yury Aranovich, Vitaly Kataev, Alexander Dmitriev, Feodor Glushchenko, and Edward Chivzhel.

Since 1997 the Symphonic Orchestra is part of the Karelian State Philarmonic Society, being one of the largest symphonic orchestras in the Northwest of Russia. Graduates of the St.-Petersburg and Petrozavodsk conservatories work in the orchestra. From 1992 to 2006 the chief conductor and the art director of an orchestra was honoured art worker of Karelia, winner of A.Toskanini International competition Oleg Soldatov. Marius Stravinsky is now the orchestra's Chief Conductor and Artistic Director.


Many great musicians have performed with the orchestra: Svyatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Nikolay Petrov, Dmitry Bashkirov, Vladimir Krajnev, Alexey Ljubimov, Naum Shtarkman, Michael Pletnev, Nikolay Lugansk, Vladimir Spivakov, Sergey Stadler, Igor Ojstrah, Tatyana Grindenko, Dora Shcvartsberg, Mstislav Rostropovich, Alexander Rudin, Natalia Shahovskaya, Yury Bashmet, Yury Tkanov and others.


The repertoir of the collective includes compositions of the most different trends and styles: from Bach, Haydn and Mozart up to Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Gershvin, Bernstein, Shnitke. The special place in the concert programs of the collective is assigned to the compositions of Karelian masters: G.Sinisalo, R.Rautio, E.Patlaenko, G.Vavilov, A.Beloborodov.


The musicians repeatedly went on tours to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, a few times participted in the international musical festivals "Christmas Musical Meetings in St.Petersburg" and "Leningrad Musical Spring", is the constant participant of the International musical festival "Music. Youth. Hope." in Petrozavodsk.

With a great success the orchestra performed of the in Big hall of the St.-Petersburg academic philarmonic society named after D.D.Shostakovich on the festival "Christmas musical meetings in St.Petersburg" in December 2000.

The Symphonic Orchestra and the conductor Oleg Soldatov have taken part in the First Open Radiofestival of Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras of regions of the Russian Federation, broadcasted by the radio station "Orphey" since December 2001 till March 2002, and has received an award in the nomination "For creative perusal of the composition".

The orchestra has also performed abroad in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, and France.


The sound firm "Melodia" has repeatedly recorded discs of this collective. In 1999 in Finland the orchestra recorded the compact disc Rukajдrven tie: Tuomas Kantelinen, musikkia elokuvasta - 1999, Finland, ODE 929-2 (music by Tuomas Kantelinen to O.Saarela's film "The Road to Rukajarvi"). Records of performances of the orchestra are stored in the Gold Fund of the All-Russian radio. There are also records from concerts in the hall of the Palace of Arts of Open Society "Kondopoga".

Marius Stravinsky, the orchestra's Chief Conductor and Artistic Director

Marius Stravinsky

Marius Stravinsky

Being now a national of the Great Britain, Marius Stravinsky was born in 1979 in Alma-Ata. He received his conductor and violinist training both in Russia (at the Moscow Central Music School affiliated to the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire) and in Great Britain (at Eton College, the Menuhin School, and the Royal Academy of Music in London), from Jehudi Menuhin, Igor Golovchin, Thomas Sanderling, Geoffrey Boyd, and Vladimir Ponkin.

He is a conductor of Helicon-Opera Moscow theatre, the principal guest conductor of Kuban Symphony Orchestra. Marius Stravinsky performed with ensembles from Great Britain, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Lithuania, Russia, and France. The wide repertoire includes operas of Georges Bizet, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Igor Stravinsky, Sergey Prokofiev, Dmitry Shostakovich, symphonic works of Russian and foreign composers. He is a concert violinist.

Twice Marius Stravinsky performed in Petrozavodsk: in December of 2006 (Arthur Rubinstein's Piano Concerto N4, soloist Mikhail Yanovitsky; Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition orchestrated by Maurice Ravel; Mother Goose orchestrated by Maurice Ravel) and in June of 2007 (Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Edward William Elgar, Variations on an Original Theme, 'Enigma'; Benjamin Britten, Sea Interludes from the opera 'Peter Grimes'). On September 27, 2007 Stravinsky made his debut directing Symphonic Orchestra of the Karelian State Philarmonic Society as the orchestra's Chief Conductor and Artistic Director.

Creative Contacts

The long time creative contacts connect musical Petrozavodsk to other Peter's city, Saint Petersburg. Many actors of the orchestra are graduates of the St.Petersburg and Petrozavodsk conservatories (till 1991 former branch of the Leningrad conservatory). The Karelian State Philarmonic Society for a long time fruitfully cooperates with the largest Petersburg organizations of professional art. Soloists from the St.Petersburg Philarmonic Society, the State Chapel of Saint Petersburg, Mariinsky theatre constantly perform with the Symphonic Orchestra.

Among the major events of last years there are author's soiree of Petersburg composer Andrey Petrov within the scope of philharmonic subscription Music for Everyone, tours of the State chapel of St.-Petersburg in Petrozavodsk and Kondopoga, participation of the Symphonic Orchestra in the International festival Christmas Musical Parties in St. Petersburg and in Days of Karelia in St.-Petersburg in November of 2002, concert on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Orchestra in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow in October of 2003.


"The Orchestra is in the fine form, all orchestral players are very attentive, work with the great interest. Oleg Soldatov is the conductor able to achieve the maximal result disregard all complexities."

Andrey Petrov, the composer,
The winner of the State premium of Russia,
The national actor of the USSR

"I always recall with great pleasure the years of teamwork with the orchestra that were good school for me, and I bring my gratitude to the orchestra".

Alexander Dmitriyev,
The Cheif conductor of the Academic Symphonic Orchestra
of the St.-Petersburg Philarmonic Society

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Created: November 4, 2002. Last updated: December 20, 2007.
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