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HarrisonParrott is delighted to have brought the London Philharmonic Orchestra to Istanbul in December 2010 where they gave a concert marking the end of Istanbul’s year as European Capital of Culturel. With Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski and pianist Hüseyin Sermet, the concert featured as part of Isbank’s series at the Is Sanat Concert Hall.

Recognised today as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham. Since then, its Principal Conductors have included Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. In 2007 Vladimir Jurowski became the Orchestra’s twelfth Principal Conductor and in 2008 Yannick Nézet-Séguin was appointed Principal Guest Conductor. Mark-Anthony Turnage became the Orchestra’s Composer in Residence in 2005. The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall since it opened in 1951, becoming Resident Orchestra in 1992. It also has flourishing residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne, and performs regularly around the UK. In summer, it plays for Glyndebourne Festival Opera where it has been the Resident Symphony Orchestra since 1964. Overseas tours form a significant part of the Orchestra’s schedule, with visits to Germany, Australia, France, China, the Canaries and the USA planned this season. The Orchestra has broadcast regularly on television and radio, and recorded soundtracks for blockbuster films including The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It also enjoys strong relationships with major record labels and in 2005 began releasing live, studio and archive recordings on its own CD label.

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“The orchestra more than played for Vänskä. They revealed a flexibility and consistently focussed musicality that not every conductor can elicit.” (ArtsDesk, January 2010)

“…rousing the orchestra to peaks and troughs of ecstasy and despair. Sibelius’s First Symphony has rarely sounded so spontaneous or exhilarating.” (ArtsDesk, January 2010)

“Another five-star triumph for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.” (The Times, January 2010)

“The LPO glittered with detail, as it rode the tsunami of Rasch’s wildly extravagant orchestral writing.”  (Financial Times, January 2010)


Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Holst: The Planets