Filarmonica della Scala was first founded by Claudio Abbado and the musicians of La Scala Opera House in 1982 with the objective of developing a symphonic repertoire in order to add a further dimension to La Scala’s great operatic tradition. From January 2015 Riccardo Chailly takes up the position of principal conductor at La Scala for two years, and becomes its next music director in January 2017.
Important milestones in recent years have included the Orchestra’s debut in the United States with Riccardo Chailly and in China with Myung-Whun Chung, respectively in 2007 and in 2008, the year that marked its return to the Musikverein in Vienna under Daniele Gatti. In 2009 the Filarmonica gave its first concert at the Berlin Philharmonie under Daniel Barenboim, and came back to Paris with Pierre Boulez and Maurizio Pollini. 2010 concerts included a return trip to Asia with Semyon Bychkov for the Shanghai Expo and in Berlin under the baton of Diego Matheuz. In 2011 Filarmonica has been conducted on tour by Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Daniel Harding, Gianandrea Noseda and Georges Prêtre. In March 2015 Filarmonica Orchestra will play at the Royal Concertgebouw, the Amsterdam concert hall, and, in June, was in Sarajevo for a deeply symbolic concert: an interdenominational peace celebration marking 20 years since the end of the Bosnian conflict.
The Orchestra has also been able to develop fruitful collaborative relations with some of the greatest conductors of the time: Georges Prêtre, Lorin Maazel and Wolfgang Sawallisch, for example, worked with the Orchestra in its first concert seasons and then became honorary member together with Valery Gergiev. Over the years came other important contributions, from directors such as Leonard Bernstein, Semyon Bychkov, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Peter Eötvös, Christoph Eschenbach, John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Jordan, Zubin Mehta, Gianandrea Noseda, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Gennadij Rozdestvenskij, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Yuri Temirkanov and Franz Welser–Möst. From 2006 the Filarmonica has intensified its relations with Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Harding, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev and Riccardo Chailly.
The activities of the Filarmonica della Scala are not subsidised by public funds. It does however receive support from UniCredit, the Orchestra’s main institutional partner.
24-27 August and 13 September 2017