The Pilsen Philharmonic, formerly the Pilsen Radio Orchestra, is a body with a solid tradition and reputation and is an orchestra sought-after in the Czech Republic and abroad. The orchestra travels on tours abroad and performs on prestigious places in Europe and the USA.
Gasteig in Munich, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Brucknerhaus in Linz, Stadthalle in Vienna, Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Tonhalle in Zürich or Rudolfinum and the O2 arena in Prague. In August 2017, we performed in the New Hall of the Elbphilharmonia in Hamburg. The Pilsen Philharmonic also holds the Art Prize of the City of Pilsen in 2014 and 2015 in the category of the exceptional cultural event of the year, namely for a concert at the Year of Czech Music 2014 in Pilsen Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, where the Rekviem by Antonín Dvořák and the project Artist and Totalitarianism were introduced. In 2017, the Art Prize of the City of Pilsen was awarded to the director of the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra Tomas Brauner, for his outstanding artistic achievement for artists above 30 years old, for his production of the Dvořák oratorio Stabat Mater with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra.
In recent seasons, Tai Muri, Pascal Rogé, Lily Zilberstein, Juliane Bans, Sergey Nakarjakov, Anne Queffele, Jeremy Menuhin and Gautier Capucon have performed with us. In the current season we will bring soloist as Michaela Fukačová, Julian Pflugmann, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky nebo Gabriela Demeterová. In the past, we had an honour to cooperate with Ramon Vargas, Montserarrat Caballé and many of the outstanding conductors such as Sir Charles Mackerras, Václav Talich, Jiri Belohlavek or Libor Pešek. The orchestra regularly records for Czech Radio and has continued in the tradition from 1946 to 1993 (Pilsen Radio Orchestra). For other labels, we have recently recorded the Bohuslav Martinů Philosopher's Day, which won several prestigious awards, Antonín Dvořák's Rhapsody, or Bohuslav Martinů's Complete Cello concerts for Cello and Orchestra (Petr Nouzovský & Tomáš Brauner), which was released at the Dabringhaus und Grimm Music Publishing House and received Classic Prague Awards 2017 in the category Record of the Year. Since 2013 the PPO has been organizing the Smetana Days festival. Since 2018, Ronald Zollman has been the Principal conductor of the Orchestra, and Tomas Brauner has been the Principal Guest Conductor since 2018.
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.