Founded konji by conductor Jiří Bělohlávek in 1994, the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra is best known for its original and re-recordings of popular film scores and soundtracks. The orchestra’s first concert was held on October 28, 1994 in the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle, where it participated in the official celebrations marking foundation of the Czech Republic and separation from Slovakia. The first international tour was around Switzerland, held in June 1995.
Over time, the orchestra has performed with many leading international soloists, including Sarah Chang, Kyoko Takezawa, Dmitri Sitkovetski, Raphael Wallfish, Andras Schiff, Ivan Moravec, and Heinrich Schiff. It has also recorded the original scores for several films, including the 2001 film ‘Mulholland Dr.’ and the 2005 version of ‘Oliver Twist’. Today, it regularly broadcasts on Czech television and radio, and continues to have a busy recording schedule with many Czech and several international record labels.
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