About the Orchestra

Music Director: Pietari Inkinen

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is New Zealand’s national orchestra. One of the world’s oldest national symphony orchestras, it has charmed audiences with memorable concerts and recordings for 69 years.

Today, the NZSO is recognised as an outstanding orchestra of international stature. It continues to grow and develop artistically, taking a challenging and varied programme of music to communities throughout New Zealand.

The NZSO 2015 Season offers something for everyone – celebrated composers, star appeal, bold new music, and extraordinary talent. Highlights include sensational soprano Renée Fleming who debuts with the NZSO in a Gala Evening featuring popular art songs and arias, acclaimed violinist Janine Jansen who performs Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto, and star conductors Vasily Petrenko and Simone Young who return to dazzle you again.

The Orchestra celebrates much-loved composer Douglas Lilburn who left an enduring impression on the landscape of New Zealand music. 100 years on, the NZSO honours his rich musical legacy alongside a new work by Wellington composer Michael Norris.

The NZSO National Youth Orchestra concerts continue to showcase New Zealand’s best young musical talent and the NZSO’s Community and Education programmes offer New Zealand’s future generations the opportunity to experience the exceptional skill of our NZSO players, inspiring them towards a life-long love of music.

Enjoy the excitement and drama of the NZSO’s exhilarating line-up of international stars alongside New Zealand’s elite orchestral musicians, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

2015 Season 

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