BIOGRAPHY: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

BIOGRAPHY: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra 2014-06-27T15:04:59+00:00

Rotterdam-PhilharmonicThe Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra ranks among Europe’s foremost orchestras and is internationally known for the intense energy of its performances, acclaimed recordings and innovative audience approach. With performances at local venues and the most prestigious halls worldwide, the orchestra reaches an annual audience of 150,000 to 200,000. The 2012-2013 touring schedule comprises two tours of Eastern Asia, plus concerts in such prestigious concert halls as the Vienna Musikverein and the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

Music Directors

The Rotterdam Philharmonic was founded in 1918. From 1930, under chief-conductor Eduard Flipse, it developed into one of the foremost orchestras of the Netherlands. In the 1970s, with Jean Fournet and Edo de Waart, the orchestra gained international recognition. In 1995, Valery Gergiev’s appointment as Music Director heralded a new period of bloom. He was succeeded by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with whom the orchestra has made numerous successful tours and recordings. As of the 2012-2013 season, Jiří Bělohlávek will join the Rotterdam Philharmonic as its Principal Guest Conductor.


De Doelen Concert Hall is the home of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, but the orchestra can frequently be heard in other locations – from the local venues to the most prestigious halls at home and abroad. In 2010 the orchestra assumed a residency in the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, where it is one of the principal guest orchestras. With all of its concerts, educational performances and community projects the Rotterdam Philharmonic reaches an annual audience of 150,000 to 200,000.


Since the ground-breaking Mahler recordings with Eduard Flipse in the 1950s, the Rotterdam Philharmonic has made a large number of critically lauded recordings, including an internationally awarded Ravel CD with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. CDs with the orchestra appear on labels as EMI/Virgin Classics and BIS Records; in early 2012, the Rotterdam Philharmonic signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon for at least three CD releases with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The orchestra has formed its own label, Rotterdam Philharmonic Vintage Recordings, for the rereleasing of historical recordings.

This performance marks The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra’s La Jolla Music Society debut.

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