Symphony Orchestra of the Karelian State Philharmonic is a cultural heritage of the Republic of Karelia, the largest orchestra in the Russian North-west. In 2018 the orchestra celebrated its 85th anniversary.
The orchestra was directed by such famous conductors as Leopold Teplitsky, Konstantin Simeonov, Karl Eliasberg, Yury Aranovich, Vitaly Kataev, Aleksandr Dmitriev, Fedor Gluschenko, Edvard Chivzhel, Oleg Soldatov and Marius Stravinky. Among the partners who performed with the orchestra were such distinguished artists as Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Nikolay Petrov, Naum Starkman, Vladimir Krainev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Igor Oistrakh, Dmitry Bashkirov, Mikhail Pletnev, Alexey Lubimov, Denis Matsuev, Nikolay Lugansky, Vadym Kholodenko, Vladimir Spivakov, Sergei Stadler, Tatyana Grindenko, Dora Schwarzberg, Aleksandr Rudin, Natalia Shakhovskaya, Yuri Bashmet, Boris Andrianov, Arkady Shilkloper, Ilya Gringolts and etc.
The orchestra repertoire includes plays that belong to different world music styles and genres. Along with the well-known symphony masterpieces the orchestra often performs the music of the 20th-21st centuries. Not once the orchestra was trusted to play the Russian and world premieres of the contemporary compositions.
Yearslong season ticket and festival work of the orchestra speaks for its very active art life and the wide range of its interests. Symphony concerts are attended by people of all ages. Special attention is given to the work with children. The orchestra performs pop and rock music, popular classic and participates in educational projects to attract new audience.
The orchestra performs in Moscow and Sankt-Petersburg, in the Republic of Karelia and other Russian regions. The touring map includes Germany, Poland, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. The orchestra has good relations with partners from Finland and other Scandinavian countries.