Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc ranks among the foremost and the oldest symphony orchestras in the Czech Republic. Its seat is Olomouc, historical capital of Moravia. This ancient university town is an important education, cultural and artistic centre of the whole of central Moravia. After the division of the Czech Republic into regions, Olomouc has become the centre of Olomouc Region.
Important personalities of the Czech music stood at the head of Moravian Philharmonic, the leading world conductors changed behind its conductor’s stand, e.g. O. Klemperer, A. Janson, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, V. Neumann, L. Pešek and others. Prominent instrumentalists became its guests, e.g. S. Richter, I. Oistrach, G. Kremer, S. Ishikawa, P. Fournier, D. Šafrán, A. Navarra, J. Suk, V. Hudeček, J. Carreras, A. Baltsa and many others.
During more than 50 years of its activities, Moravian Philharmonic created an exceptionally large and varied repertoire. The orchestra pays attention to the important world composers of 19th and 20th centuries. Of course, Moravian Philharmonic is an authentic interpreter of the Czech classical music of A. Dvořák, B. Smetana, L. Janáček and B. Martinů.
Moravian Philharmonic intensively promotes the contemporary Czech and world musical creation, having introduced more than 250 new pieces. Moravian Philharmonic has recently specialised on CD records of contemporary authors.
It has found favour in most European countries, almost regularly coming back each year to many places thanks to a good acceptance of public and critics. It took part in important international musical festivals, e.g. in Greece, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Austria.
Moravian Philharmonic is a cultural institution participating in the organisation of artistic and concert life in Olomouc. It is an organiser of music festival Dvořák’s Olomouc and the International Organ Festival. Moravian Philharmonic regularly organises the International conductorship courses.