The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is your national orchestra. One of the world’s oldest national symphony orchestras, we have charmed audiences with memorable concerts and recordings since 1946.

Today, the NZSO is recognised as an outstanding orchestra of international stature and our reputation for artistic excellence attracts many of the world’s leading conductors and soloists each year. In 2016, the NZSO was nominated for Best Orchestral Performance at the prestigious Grammy Awards.

In our touring programmes each year the NZSO can perform more than 100 concerts in more than 30 different communities across New Zealand to audiences in excess of 100,000 people. Many more enjoy the Orchestra’s performances through Radio New Zealand Concert broadcasts, film soundtracks and CD recordings.

We also nurture New Zealand’s best young musical talent through our Community and Education programmes and the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.

The NZSO offers something for everyone, including an inspiring Masterworks series conducted by Music Director, Edo de Waart. Maestro de Waart has a prolific and illustrious conducting career spanning five decades and he has worked with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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