The Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic orchestra is named after one of the great Czech composers. The orchestra has made many radio recordings and CDs of his works since it was founded in 1946 and celebrated its 60th. Anniversary last year.
The repertoire of the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra consists of nearly all the symphonic works of different periods including a considerable number of contemporary compositions. The members of the orchestra have formed several chamber groups whose performances supplement the concert season.
The concert activities of the orchestra are arranged in four subscription series with numerous extra performances. The orchestra has toured all the major centres of the Czech Republic and has had guest performances all over Europe. Our orchestra has presented itself in some of the most famous Concert Halls of the world; the Koncertgebauw in Amsterdam, the Munich's Gasteig, the Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, the Berlin Filharmonie, in Vienna and the Carnegie Hall in New York.
Since 1972 the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra has been presenting a unique festival of young artists called Talentinum, organizes the Autumn festival of sacred music Harmonia Moraviae and had played an important role in a series of international courses for conductors held here in cooperation with the "Symphonic Workshops" agency from Toronto. The "Baton" has been taken up by Mr. Benjamin Loeb from Texas with his master classes "Conducting Workshops", being staged in June.
Cooperation with radio and television stations together with recording activities have become a regular part of the orchestra's work. Some activities in recent years included recordings for the label Vienna Modern Masters, which concentrates on contemporary music recordings; Sergei Rachmaninov's complete symphonic works recorded for Bayer Records (Germany); and music of Antonín Dvořák for Albany Records (USA).
The home of the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra is Zlín, a town in the east of the Czech Republic. With a population approaching one hundred thousand, it is a modern industrial center, owing its development to the BATA company, the founder of which Tomáš Baťa succeeded in successfully combining his entrepreneurship and his philosophy of life.