LVIV NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra has existed for over two centuries. The orchestra’s first official concert season, in its first incarnation, was held in the Skarbkowski Theatre (now the Maria Zankovetska Theatre) in 1902–03, and during this time the ensemble was led by eminent artists such as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Ruggero Leoncavallo.
In 1933 Adam Sołtys founded the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 1939 the then Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra received the status of State Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra, beginning official concert activities under this guise in 1944. Today, the orchestra is one of the largest in the Ukraine, and is well known far beyond its borders, having undertaken numerous successful tours across Europe and appearing at international festivals. From 2016 Ukrainian-born American Taras Krysa has served as chief conductor and artistic director, with Oleksandr Bozhyk and Marko Komonko engaged as soloists and concertmaster.
For more information, visit www.philharmonia.lviv.ua.