The Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, formerly the Pilsen Radio Orchestra, is an ensemble with a solid tradition and reputation and is requested on stages in the Czech Republic and abroad. The orchestra takes numerous foreign tours and performs at prestigious venues in Europe and the United States. Let us mention the halls of Gasteig in Munich, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Stadthalle in Vienna, the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, the Tonhalle in Zürich or Rudolfinum and O2 Arena in Prague. In August 2017, they performed in the new hall of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. In recent seasons, for example the following performed with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra: Tai Murray, Pascal Rogé Lilya Zilberstein, Juliane Banse, Sergej Nakarjakov, Anne Queffélec, Jeremy Menuhin, and Gautier Capuçon.
In the past seasons, the dramaturgy included soloists such as Michaela Fukačová, Julian Pflugmann, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, and Gabriela Demeterová. In the past, these have also included Ramon Vargas, Montserrat Caballé and also a number of outstanding conductors such as sir Charles Mackerras, Václav Talich, Jiří Bělohlávek, and Libor Pešek. The Orchestra regularly collaborates with Czech Radio and hence follows the tradition of the years 1946 - 1993 (the Pilsen Radio Orchestra). For other labels, they have recently filmed the opera Charity Day by Bohuslav Martinů, which has won several prestigious awards, Rhapsody of Antonín Dvořák or the complete works for violoncello and Bohuslav Martinů Orchestra (Petr Nouzovský & Tomáš Brauner), which was published by Dabringhaus und Grimm and was awarded the Classic Prague Award 2017 in the recording of the year category. The Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra also holds the City of Pilsen Arts Award for the years of 2014 and 2015 in the category of outstanding cultural event of the year, specifically for the concert connected with the Year of Czech Music 2014 held in the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew in Pilsen, during which it performed the Requiem by Antonín Dvořák, and for the Artist and Totalitarianism project. In 2017, the chief conductor of the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra Tomáš Brauner was awarded the City of Pilsen Arts Award for outstanding artistic achievement for artists over 30 years, it was for the production of Dvořák's oratorio Stabat mater with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno. Since 2013, the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra has been the organizer of the Smetana Days festival. Chuhei Iwasaki has been the chief conductor of the philharmonic orchestra since the 2021/2022 season.
A large music studio belongs to assets of the Czech Radio Pilsen. Its ground plan is in a shape of a trapezoid with a stepped floor and a rugged ceiling with a light ramp. The Digital control room is provided with the latest equipment. Thanks to its space and high quality acoustics, it is a sought-after recording studio among large ensembles. The Pilsen Philharmonic uses the studio for its rehearsals as well.
Capacity– 1 470 m³
Perfectly balanced acoustics is reached by combination of mobile porous reflexion boards absorbing sound-wave motion.
Option to record single soloists. The studio disposes of a Petrof master concert grand piano, a piano and a cembalo.