The collective was created in 1967 by the outstanding Leningrad conductors N. Rabinovich, K. Eliasberg, E. Grikurov. Until 1985, it was called «The Orchestra of Ancient and Contemporary Music». The name of the collective was determined by the repertoire: the performance of rare-sounding works of different musical styles and eras, attention to the contemporary works. Important pages of the life of the collective of this period are connected with the name of the wonderful conductor Eduard Serov, who led the orchestra for more than 10 years. Under his leadership, the orchestra traveled with concerts to hundreds of cities of the USSR and many countries of the world, recorded dozens of records, participated in prestigious festivals, and firmly took third place in Leningrad city after two famous philharmonic orchestras. Outstanding soloists and conductors performed with the orchestra: Yury Temirkanov, Maris Yansons, Svyatoslav Richter, Natalia Gutman, Elena Obraztsova and many others. From 1985 to 2004, the main conductor of the orchestra was the famous Russian musician Ravil Martynov. In the early 1990s, active touring of the collective’s history began - successful tours to China, Japan, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Spain, Finland, Norway, Sweden, France, Belgium.
Main conductor - the Honored Artist
of Russia Alexander TITOV
From 2007 to 2020, the artistic director and chief conductor of the orchestra is the famous St. Petersburg musician Alexander TITOV. He opened to the audience a huge layer of new works, many of which became real creative revelations. In 2008, the orchestra, led by A. Titov, began a series of CD recordings of works by prominent Russian composers created during the Great Patriotic War. The grandiose musical series received a wide positive response in the professional music world. The repertoire of the orchestra is truly unlimited - compositions of all eras, genres and styles, numerous premiere performances of works. For fruitful creative activity and the highest professionalism, the promotion of Russian art abroad, the orchestra received the honorary title of "Academic". The orchestra performs in Moscow and other cities of Russia, the Baltic countries, Finland and Norway, Korea and Japan, the USA, dozens of countries in South America. He takes part in the most significant music events and festivals in St. Petersburg.