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The Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra was established in 1987, founded by its artistic director and Chief Conductor, Edward Serov. The orchestra has since built up a repertoire of nearly five hundred works of more than 160 composers of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, among which are all the symphonies of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and nearly all the orchestral music of Tchaikovsky, together with the works of Mahler, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Skriabin, and Bruckner. A considerable part of the repertoire is music of modern composers, Berg, Webern, Schoenberg, Hindemith, Messiaen, Bernstein, Barber, Tischenko (world premières of his Requiem and Seventh Symphony), Sviridov, and Boris Tchaikovsky. A number of works by these and other composers were performed in Russia for the first time. The orchestra has toured in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Spain, France, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, and Belgium, with repeated tours in some of these countries. Guest conductors have included Timur Mynbaev, Sergei Skripka, Algirdas Paulavicius, Yuri Kochnev, Feodor Gluschenko, Werner Stiefel, Taavo Virkhaus, Dwight Oltman, Lin Tao, Fernando Raucci, Onni Kelo, Gustavo Plis-Sterenberg, Emmanuel Siffert, and Dirk Brosse. Distinguished soloists include Alexei Nasedkin, Nikolai Petrov, Naum Shtarkman, Victor Pikaizen, Irina Bochkova, Victoria Yagling, Natalia Shakhovskaya, and Kim Cook, among many others. The orchestra has recorded several CDs for different labels and is a founder of the traditional Simfonia International Competition for Young Musicians, and of several regional musical competitions.

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