Mariinsky Orchestra

The Mariinsky Orchestra is one of the oldest musical ensembles in Russia. Its history dates back tothe first orchestra of the St. Petersburg Imperial Opera, covering a period of over 200 years. The orchestra took part in almost every important Russian opera premiere of the 19th century as well as in the first Russian performances of the European classic repertoire including Wagner’s Ring in 1889.

The orchestra’s performing mastery flourished under Eduard Nápravník who directed it for more than half a century. Nápravník invited young musicians, graduates of St. Petersburg Conservatory, who were later to found the Petersburg–Leningrad performing tradition. The orchestra played not only in operas, but also in symphonic concerts of the Russian Music Society. Major European conductors worked with it including Arthur Nikisch, Gustav Mahler, Willem Mengelberg and many others.

After the October Revolution the theatre went through difficult times, but managed to keep its high level. Succeeding Nápravník the chief conductors were Emil Cooper, Vladimir Dranishnikov, Ary Pazovsky, Boris Khaykin, Sergei Yeltsin, Eduard Grikurov, Alexander Klimov, Konstantin Simeonov, Viktor Fedotov and Yuri Temirkanov.

Since 1988, the orchestra has been directed by Valery Gergiev. Under his direction it has scaled new heights, assimilating not just opera and ballet scores, but also an expansive symphony music repertoirefrom Beethoven to Shchedrin. Housed at the Mariinsky Theatre, the orchestra also performs at the Mariinsky Concert Hall and on the new stage, Mariinsky II, as well as at prestigious concert venues throughout the world.


July 3, 2022
Dzintari Concert Hall / Great hall
19:00 Sunday
July 2, 2022
Dzintari Concert Hall / Great hall
19:00 Saturday