Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra performed in Oman

place: Oman
On Thursday, 24 April, the Zagreb Philharmonic musicians, led by the Italian maestro Marco Boemi, performed overtures by Glinka, Verdi, Mozart,Offenbach as well as arias accompanying the famous Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov.

The Zagreb Philharmonic is an orchestra boasting a 140-year tradition of distinguished performing in Zagreb and Croatia. It has been a promoter of the art of music across Croatia as well as  the country’s cultural ambassador in the world. As one of the trademarks of the city it operates in, the music institution that boasts a long and notable tradition embodies the image of Zagreb as a Central European urban center of music, art and culture.

The Orchestra started performing in the year 1871 and in 1920 it got its current name.  Ever since that time, it has continually brought to Croatia’s capital the best classical music. Its history has been shaped by first-class principal conductors such as Friedrich Zaun, Milan Horvat, Lovro von Matačić, Mladen Bašić, Pavle Dešpalj, Kazushi Ono, Pavel Kogan, Aleksander Rahbari and Vjekoslav Šutej.
Many distinguished conductors and composers including Leopold Stokowski, Paul Kletzki, Sir Malcom Sargent, Kurt Sanderling, Carlo Zecchi, Jean Martinon, Milan Sachs, Krešimir Baranović,  Boris Papandopulo, Stjepan Šulek, Milko Kelemen, Igor Stravinski, Krzysztof Penderecki and others have performed with the Zagreb Philharmonic.

Among the Philharmonic’s more recent guest conductors are Dmitri Kitajenko, Lorin Maazel, Leopold Hager, Uroš Lajovic, Valery Gergiev, Marko Letonja, Sir Neville Marriner…
The Orchestra has had the honour of hosting famous soloists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Antonio Janigro, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonid Kogan, Luciano Pavarotti, Ivo Pogorelić, Montserrat Caballe, Alexandar Rudin, David Garett, Julian Rachlin, Shlomo Mintz, Simon Trpčeski, Boris Berezovski, Maksim Mrvica, Monika Leskovar… The Orchestra has extended its portfolio to include some interesting crossover and multi-media programmes.

(D.H., 25.04.2014)