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The Belarusian State Academic Symphony Orchestra

The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus

One of the oldest collectives of former Soviet Union was established in April of 1927.

Since 1937 the Symphony Orchestra serves on the Belarusian state Philharmonic society.

In 1961 the collective was named as  the State Symphony Orchestra of the Belarusian SSR.

In September of 1980 the Orchestra was awarded the Academic title.

The repertoire of the Orchestra is wide-ranging and diverse – from classical symphonic music by Russian and European composers to the compositions by modern Belarusian, Russian and Western European authors (music of the XXth and XXIst centuries).

The Orchestra performs up to 50 concert programs per season in Minsk and in the other cities of Belarus, always participates in festivals “Belarusian musical autumn” and “Minsk spring”, Yuri Bashmet international festival, International festival “Vladimir Spivakov invites”, the festival “January evenings” in Brest, concerts-requiems in the Brest fortress to commemorate the tragic date of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. The Orchestra participated in international contests named after L.Alexandrovskaya  (2004, 2012),  International Youth Contest named after  P.I.Tchaikovsky (2015, Novosibirsk); in the nation-wide cultural events  "Spring of Victory», “Choral Veche”.

Under the leadership of a people's artist of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Anisimov who took up the post of a chief conductor in 2001, the Orchestra finds new ways and forms of concert activity, including symphonic cycles “Live Classics”, “Country Symphony”, “Resurrection of Classics”; cycle of concerts for children and youth, cycle of concerts “Playing with the Orchestra”, cycle of open-air concerts “Classics by the Town Hall”, cycle of concerts “Palette of live classics” in the National art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

The Symphony Orchestra can boast  of vast geography of its tours: Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Holland, Lebanon, France, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia, Poland, Japan, England, China. During three years (2001-2003) the Belarusian Symphony Orchestra was taking part in International Opera festival in Wexford (Ireland). In 2008 the Orchestra took part in the 44th International music festival “The Bratislava autumn celebration” in the framework of the days of culture of the Republic of Belarus in the Slovak Republic. In 2010 the Orchestra was invited to perform at  the “New European festival” in Germany. In 2010 the Belarusian Symphony Orchestra performed at the XIV International festival in Switzerland «Les Classiques de Villars» with great success, and in 2011 took part in international festival “Musical walks in Reims” (France). The spectacular event was the concert in the framework of the action “Union state – to the veterans of the victory” in the Column hall of the House Of Unions in 2010 and in the Concert hall named after P. I.Tchaikovsky in 2016 (Moscow). In 2012 the collective successfully presented Belarus at the days of culture in St. Petersburg.

Traditionally, the Orchestra is the highlight of the Days of culture of the Republic of Belarus cultural program in Lithuania (Vilnius). It got invited twice to the opening of the ProBaltic Festival  in Torun (Poland, 2016, 2019). The concerts to the opening of the seasons in the Estonian cities of Pärnu and Jõhvi (2016) were held with great success. Since that same year, the Symphony Orchestra have been coming on an annual New year's tour to China. It’s more than 10 years while the Orchestra have been touring to the cities of Germany with Christmas and New Year concert programs.

The projects in collaboration with Anna Netrebko, José Carreras, Denis Matsuev, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Peter Donohoe, Denis Shapovalov, Olivier Charlier, Nikolai Lugansky created memorable experiences. But  the main Orchestra of Belarus can handle not only with classical music. The collective responds with regard to the proposals to collaborate with pop- and rock-musicians and have already performed in collaboration with such groups as “Okean Elzy”, “Novi Ierusalim”, “Bi-2”, “Scorpions”, with soloists and composers as Alexander Malinin, Maxim Dunayevsky, Alexander Zhurbin and others.

All concerts of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra have earned continued public success, as well as foreign partners appreciate  high professionalism, extensive experience and diverse repertoire, artistry of performance and mobility of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra.

Director - Olga Tsetserskaya
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The Belarusian State Academic Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Anissimov