The Pilsen Philharmonic is an ensemble of a venerable tradition. Among its forerunners, there was the Pilsen Philharmonic Circle founded in 1882 which played a distinctive role in the city´s culture life as well as prepared the platform for the later orchestra and culture life development.
There was a new shift in 20th century when the developing culture life lacked a high standard orchestra body who would not be tied to the theatre due to frequent rehearsals and performances. Establishing the Symphony Orchestra of the Public Education Circle late in 1919 showed a fundamental step in the Pilsen Philharmonic history and in 1934 this body accepted the name of the Pilsen Philharmonic.
The new era started in 1946 where there was established a new ensemble under the name of Pilsen Radio Orchestra, having the facilities in the brand new Czech Radio in Pilsen building. After the Czech Radio reorganisation steps in 1993 the Pilsen ensemble decided to continue its tradition as a limited liability company and later a contributory organization under the name Pilsen Radio Orchestra – the City of Pilsen Symphony Orchestra.
Since August 1998 it has been a B. Co. (Benevolent Corporation) whose founder is the City of Pilsen and the ensemble reaccepted the name on the Pilsen Philharmonic. During the 80 years of existence the orchestra has built a firm tradition and reputation among the well-known Czech orchestras and abroad. Its professional face has been modelled by a range of artistic personalities.
The Pilsen Philharmonic tours the European and North American continents; it has performed on the prestigious stages and besides its concert activities, the orchestra takes a big part in recording for the Czech Radio as well as for foreign partners. The hundreds of recordings comprise Baroque up to contemporary music. The Arco Diva world premiere recording of Bohuslav Martinů opera The Day of Good Deeds, Op 194, counts to rarities and it has been awarded with many prizes. The CD under the name Antonín Dvořák – Rhapsodies with Tomáš Brauner belongs to the latest news. The Pilsen Philharmonic has also finished a CD called Bohuslav Martinů – The Complete Works for the Violoncello and Orchestra, Petr Nouzovský –Tomáš Brauner. The release is in preparation.
The Pilsen Philharmonic is an ASOPS member (Czech Symphony Orchestra and Choir Association) and since 2013 has been the organizer of the Smetana Days International Festival. Since September 2013, Mr Tomáš Brauner has been at the post of the chief conductor.