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A renowned symphony orchestra, the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava boasts a long tradition, typical Czech sound, and progressive repertoire that has been acclaimed by audiences and critics worldwide. The orchestra gives first-class performances not only in its interpretations of the works of its namesake Leoš Janáček, but also of other composers from the late Romantic period to the present.

The orchestra was founded in the first half of the 20th century when eminent musicians such as Paul Hindemith, Sergey Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky arrived in Ostrava. Since then, many international personalities have influenced the artistic development of the orchestra, such as Mariss Jansons, Charles Mackerras, Karel Ančerl, Sviatoslav Richter, Rudolf Firkušný and Plácido Domingo, among many other conductors and soloists.

More recently, artists such as Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Patricia Petibon, Lisa Batiashvili, Lukáš Vondracek, Vadim Gluzman, Gábor Boldoczki and Johannes Moser have appeared with the orchestra, whether in Ostrava or on tour. The orchestra has been conducted by Michail Jurowski, Vassily Sinaisky, Antoni Wit, Krzysztof Penderecki, Christian Arming, and Łukasz Borowicz.

For more information, visit www.jfo.cz/en.

Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra
Photo: Dita Pepe

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