"The only truth is music." - Jack Kerouac

The Philharmonia was founded in 1945  by EMI producer Walter Legge, and has  worked with a who’s who of 20th- and  21st-century music. Finnish conductor  Santtu-Matias Rouvali took up the baton  as Principal Conductor in September  2021. The sixth person to hold the title,  he is known for his expressive, balletic  conducting style and irrepressible energy.
Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer,  Wilhelm Furtwängler, Arturo Toscanini,  Riccardo Muti and Esa-Pekka Salonen  are just a few of the great artists to be  associated with the Philharmonia, and  the Orchestra has premiered works  by Richard Strauss, Sir Peter Maxwell  Davies, Errollyn Wallen, Kaija Saariaho  and many others.
Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival  Hall, in the heart of London, has been  the Philharmonia’s home since 1995.
The Orchestra also has residencies  at venues and festivals across England, each embracing a Learning &  Engagement programme that empowers  people to engage with, and participate  in, orchestral music.
The Philharmonia’s international  reputation is built in part on its  extraordinary 76-year recording legacy,  which in the last ten years has been  built on by pioneering work with digital  technology. The Orchestra’s installations  and VR experiences have introduced  hundreds of thousands of people to the  symphony orchestra. The Philharmonia  has won four Royal Philharmonic Society  awards for its digital projects and  audience engagement work.
The Philharmonia is the go-to orchestra  for many film and videogame composers  in the UK and Hollywood, and its  music-making has been experienced by  millions of cinema-goers and gamers. It  has recorded around 150 soundtracks,  with film credits stretching back to 1947.
The Orchestra releases live recordings  with Signum Records.
The Philharmonia has over 2m listeners  each month on Spotify, and a vibrant  YouTube channel with over 130,000  subscribers. The channel features free  performances; instrument guides; interviews with artists; and in-depth  documentaries. The Philharmonia is  Classic FM’s Orchestra on Tour and  broadcasts extensively on BBC Radio 3.
The Philharmonia is a registered charity,  proud to be supported by Arts Council  England, many generous individuals,  corporate supporters and Trusts and  Foundations.
A team of 80 outstanding musicians  from 16 countries, the Philharmonia  looks forward to bringing music into  your life, through great concerts and  ground-breaking projects, for many  years to come

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Mahler Symphony No. 2 in C Minor
Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu Conducts Strauss - Don Juan, Eine Alpensinfonie, Also Sprach Zarathustra & Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
Philharmonia Orchestra
Ballad of the Gnomes
Philharmonia Orchestra | Geoffrey Simon
Violin Concerto, Romances
Charlie Siem
Tedd Joselson's Companionship of Concertos: Grieg: Piano Concerto – Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tedd Joselson
Symphony No. 5
Philharmonia Orchestra
Pictures at an Exhibition (Piano Concerto Version) and Pictures from the Crimea
Geoffrey Simon
Borodin Requiem, Polovtsian Dances and Suite from Prince Igor
Geoffrey Simon
Debussy - Engulfed Cathedral
Geoffrey Simon
Evening in Granada
Geoffrey Simon
Phibbs and Mozart: Clarinet Concertos
Mark van de Wiel
Symphonic Dances, Symphony No. 3
Philharmonia Orchestra
Piano Concerto No. 4, Double Concerto
Min-Jung Kym
Symphony No. 2, Live in Concert
Philharmonia Orchestra
Symphony No. 1, Live in Concert
Philharmonia Orchestra
Complete Symphonies Nos. 1-9
Philharmonia Orchestra
Flute Concerto, Clarinet Concerto, Aladdin Suite
Philharmonia Orchestra
Symphony No. 9, Live at the Salzburg Festival
Philharmonia Orchestra
Schubert Symphony No. 9
Philharmonia Orchestra
Symphonies Nos.4-6
Philharmonia Orchestra / Sarah Fox / Lorin Maazel
Duke Bluebeard's castle
Esa-Pekka Salonen / Philharmonia Orchestra
Universe of Sound - The Planets (Blu-ray)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Holst: The Planets
The Philharmonia Orchestra / Salonen, Esa-Pekka
Cello Cto Op.129 / Cello Cto Op.104, Silent Woods
Jamie Walton / Philharmonia Orchestra / Ashkenazy
Symphony No.4 'Romantic'
Philharmonia Orchestra
Symphony No.6
Philharmonia Orchestra
Brahms: Sy No.1 & Sy No.3
Philharmonia Orch. / Von Dohnanyi
Symphony No.4
Sarah Fox
Symphonie Fantastique
Philharmonia Orchestra
Elgar: Symphony No.1 & 2
Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Andrew
Various Artists
Symphony No. 3 'Eroica', Symphony No. 5
Philharmonia Orchestra
Elgar: Enigma Variations, In the South, Serenade
The Philharmonia Orchestra / SIr An
Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche
Philharmonia Orchestra
Cello Concerto No. 2
Jamie Walton
Festive Overture, Symphony No.5
The Philharmonia Orchestra
Symphony No.2 & No.4
Philharmonia Orchestra
Cello Concertos
Jamie Walton