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The Athens State Orchestra is Greece’s leading symphony orchestra. Founded in the late 19th century as the Athens Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, it has had various names and taken many forms. It performed its first concert as the Athens State Orchestra on 28 February 1943.

Since its foundation, the orchestra has offered Greek audiences the opportunity to acquaint themselves with international masterworks while also championing Greek composers and compositions. A consistent presence on the Greek cultural scene, the orchestra performs over 50 concerts a year.

In addition to its appearances in Athens, the Athens State Orchestra regularly performs in other Greek cities, as well as at prestigious venues and festivals abroad. It also runs a significant social and educational programme throughout Greece.

Over its long history, the orchestra has been under the direction of eminent conductors such as Richard Strauss, Felix Weingartner, Hans Knappertsbusch, Bruno Walter, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Eugen Jochum, Igor Markevitch, Lorin Maazel, Yuri Temirkanov, Michel Plasson, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Vladimir Fedoseyev. It has also accompanied outstanding soloists, including Arthur Rubinstein, Wilhelm Kempff, Alfred Cortot, Fritz Kreisler, Jacques Thibaud, Pablo Casals, Mstislav Rostropovich, Alfred Brendel, Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Leonidas Kavakos. Stefanos Tsialis has served as artistic director and principal conductor of the Athens State Orchestra since 2014.

For more information, visit www.koa.gr.

Athens State Orchestra
Photo: Nikos Krikelis

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