Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (ZGF)

Founded 1871

Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (Croatian: Zagrebačka filharmonija, ZGF) is an orchestra based in Zagreb, Croatia.


In 1871, the orchestra was founded in Zagreb.[1] In 1920, it was renamed to today's name.

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, Alexander Rahbari and Vjekoslav Šutej.

Many distinguished conductors and composers including Bruno Walter, Leopold Stokowski, Paul Kletzki, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Kiril Kondrashin, 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, Valery Gergiev, Marko Letonja, Rafael Fruehbeck de Burgos, Hans Graf, Sir Neville Marriner, Berislav Klobučar, Jesús López-Cobos, Antoni Witt, Peter Maxwell Davies and others.

The Zagreb Philharmonic has performed in almost all European countries, in Russia, the United States of America, Mexico and Japan. It has regularly participated at Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Music Biennale Zagreb.


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