Main page [Concert organizations]Karelian State Philharmonic

Address : 185035, Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk, Kirova str. 12
Director: Rusanova I.
Telephone : (814 2) 76-97-84
telephone/fax : (814 2) 76-97-06

The philharmonic consists of:

  • The symphonic orchestra;
  • The orchestra of folk instruments "Onego";
  • Musical lectureship;
  • The creative salon "Ligeya".

Karelian State Philharmonic was founded in January of 1939, according to the decree of the Folk Commissars' Council of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Karelia. It was organised on the base of the symphonic orchestra which formerly belonged to the radio committee, the ensemble of folk music "Kantele" and the concert bureau. There were 204 members of the philharmonic in 1940.

There were various groups as the philharmonic's constituent parts at different times: chamber vocal and instrumental ensembles, stage groups, opera and drama ensembles, individual soloists such as Sirkka Rikka, Milica Kubli, Lucia Tepponen, Zinaida Kozlova, Maksim Gavrilov. In the period from 1956 through 1968 the famous Karelian composer Abram Isayevich Golland was the artistic director of the philharmonics.

The philharmonic has established creative contacts with Moscow and Saint Petersburg since the first years of its work, and owing to that Petrozavodsk's public is familiar with the art of the famous musicians and actors whose names adorn the posters of the capital. Svyatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Mstislav Rostropovich, Innokenty Smoktunovsky performed here. A lot of famous artists performed in Petrozavodsk - Nikolai Petrov and Dmitry Bashkirov, Alexey Lubimov and Sergei Stadler, Tatyana Grindenko and Dora Schwarzberg, Zurab Sotkilava and Vazha Chachayeva, Sergei Leiferkus and Muslim Magomayev, Alla Bayanova and Iosif Kobzon There were held creative meetings with well-known actors and directors: Zinoviy Gerdt, Inna Churikova, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Oleg Menshikov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Nina Usatova, Andron Konchalovsky, Vyacheslav Tikhonov and others. The philharmonic constantly invites popular singers to perform in Petrozavodsk.

Today Karelian State Philharmonics (director - the honoured figure of culture of Karelia Rusanova I.G., artistic director - Belova O.P.) is the biggest concert organization in the republic. For the moment it includes the Symphonic orchestra (artistic director and conductor - laureate of the International contest named after A.Toscanini Oleg Soldatov) and the Orchestra of Russian folk instruments "Onego" (artistic director and conductor - honoured figure of arts of Russia, honoured figure of culture of Karelia Gennady Mironov), usical lectureship, the Creative salon "Ligeya". The philharmonic is quartered in a big modern building and has four halls: Big concert hall (573 places), Exhibition hall (100 places), Musical parlor (60 places) and Green hall of the salon "Ligeya" (124 places).

About 450 concerts are arranged by the philharmonic every year (300 out of them - in regions of Karelia), which attend about 100 000 listeners. These are symphonic concerts, the Orchestra of Russian folk instruments' concerts, jazz evenings, cycles of evenings at small tables, popular programs, literature evenings and creative meetings.

The festival "Days of chamber music" is a big event of every season. It has been conducted in Petrozavodsk since 1989 and yearly gathers prominent Russian and foreign musicians.

One of the most important spheres of activity is work with children. There are special programs of the Musical lectureship and orchestral subscriptions prepared for children.

Monthly newspaper "Philharmonics" about the musical life of Karelia's capital has been coming out since 1997. There are well-known musicologists and performers, students of Petrozavodsk conservatory, journalists among the authors of the newspaper. At the present time the page of "Philharmonics" is published in the monthly republican newspaper "Lyceum".

In the year of 2000 Charity support fund of Karelian State Philharmonics "Harmony" was established by businessmen and directors of large enterprises of Petrozavodsk and Karelia. The main activity of the Fund is to support the two of philharmonic's orchestras.

Karelian State Philharmonics became the laureate of the all-Russian contest "Window to Russia" (in the nomination "Philharmonics of the year") in December of 2001. Along with the title of laureate the philharmonic was awarded with a special prize named after Dmitry Likhachov, established by the Congress of Russian Intelligentsia. The director of the philharmonic - honoured figure of culture of Karelia Irina Rusanova - became the Holder of the Sign of Honour "Public Recognition".

Karelian State Philharmonic takes a considerable place among the music and concert organizations of the whole Northwest of Russia. It is impossible to imagine cultural life of our republic without it.