KARELIA STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Karelia State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1933 and has since become the largest such ensemble in north-western Russia. Regarded as one of the best orchestras outside Moscow, it has been directed by such prominent conductors as Karl Eliasberg, Vitaly Katayev, Alexander Dmitriev and Edward Chivzhel. The orchestra performs and tours in Moscow, St Petersburg, and other Russian cities, and has toured abroad in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Poland, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. It undertakes particularly extensive tours around Karelia. In 2013 the orchestra celebrated eighty years since its foundation.