The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras. Its many activities include an energetic and ground-breaking education and community programme LSO Discovery, a record company LSO Live, a music education centre LSO St Luke's and a rich and busy touring schedule.
The LSO draws on an enviable roster of soloists and conductors, including Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev, Principal Guest Conductors Daniel Harding and Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director Designate, Sir Simon Rattle and leading soloists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mitsuko Uchida and Maria-João Pires.
The LSO is Resident Orchestra at the Barbican, where it performs around 70 concerts a year. The LSO also enjoys successful residencies at the Lincoln Center in New York, Philharmonie de Paris (previously resident in Paris at the Salle Pleyel), and at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Other regular tour destinations include the Far East, North America and all the major European cities.
Intermusica is proud to have been part of the LSO’s rich and busy touring schedule for the past 10 years, conceiving and delivering the orchestra’s residency at the Salle Pleyel in Paris from 2006-2014, and taking the orchestra to Switzerland, Mumbai, Athens, Singapore and Australia.
Intermusica tours the LSO to Switzerland in May following their successful 2011 visit. They give performances in the major halls in Lucerne, Zurich, Geneva and Berne from 28-31 May. Conducted by Daniel Harding, the programme opens with a new commission by Swiss composer Edward Rushton, inspired Mahler Symphony No. 5, which feature in the second half. Acclaimed violinist, Janine Jansen appears as soloist, performing the much-loved Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.
28 May 2015
29 May 2015
30 May 2015
Victoria Hall, Geneva
31 May 2015
Following the London Symphony Orchestra’s past visits to the Megaron Hall in Athens, Intermusica again toured the orchestra to Greece for a performance under Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev.
The LSO was joined by frequent collaborator, piano soloist Denis Matsuev, performing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2. A programme of all-Russian works, the concert opened with Prokofiev Symphony No.1 ‘Classical’ and closed with Prokofiev Symphony No.5.
28 September 2014
The tour received glowing reviews and the orchestra proved to be a great success with audiences, with all seven concerts selling out.
The orchestra performed at Singapore’s Esplanade, Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane and three concerts at Sydney Opera House, before a final concert in Melbourne.
For concerts in Singapore, Brisbane and Sydney, Russian pianist Denis Matsuev performed as soloist in concertos by Rachmaninov and Prokfiev. While in Sydney, the orchestra joined forces with Sydney Conservatorium to run an eight-day LSO Discovery project that culminated in a concert at the Conservatorium.
20 November / Esplanade, Singapore
"The finesse and obvious ability of all the musicians made for a polished performance"
24 November / Sydney Opera House
"An astonishing concert."
"Bright wit and exuberant affirmation... The orchestra batted phrases between strings and wind with dazzlingly breathless precision."
Syndey Morning Herald
"They came. They played. They conquered….The London Symphony had a packed Sydney Opera House Concert Hall audience in thrall last night, with a stunning program that scaled the heights of musical complexity with verve, power and breathtaking precision."
"The London Symphony Orchestra’s first tour in Australia in more than 30 years has stirred an almost unprecedented interest. Hardly ever is the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House so overbooked that standing tickets have to be sold…Right from the opening chord, every phrase, every entry, every musical question and its response was presented in a phenomenally translucent way, heard like this only on rare occasions – not only in Australian concert halls but anywhere around the world."
25 November / Sydney Opera House
"Gergiev ripped through the allegro with brutal, gritty joy and found a coherent path through the winding weirdness of the third movement before breaking out the mixture of fairground mayhem and idiosyncratic defiance in the final movement."
Sydney Morning Herald
"Pacing, control of dynamics and power of storytelling were paramount...With Gergiev, every phrase carried meaning. Sombre strings, alternately lamenting or shrilly screaming woodwind, baleful brass – all passed by in glorious panoply."
28 November / Melbourne
"Performed with flawless precision and balance and well-blended timbre."
19 November 2014
20 November 2014
22 November 2014
Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane
24, 25 and 26 November 2014
Sydney Opera House
28 November 2014
Melbourne Arts Centre
March 2014 saw the return of the London Symphony Orchestra, to the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, the city’s major cultural centre, following performances previously in 2010.
The LSO performed two concerts including Mahler Symphony No.1 and Stravinsky’s Petrushka under the baton of Daniel Harding. The orchestra also undertook an open rehearsal attended by local school children and for some musicians there was involvement at music outreach initiative Songbound, working with some of India’s poorest and most marginalised children.
14 March 2014
National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai
15 March 2014
National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai
The concerts did more than simply form part of Pleyel's inaugural celebrations when it re-opened after refurbishment in 2006; they laid the groundwork for what has become a fruitful, long-term partnership between one of the world's foremost orchestras and leading concert halls.
The residency continued to thrive and mature beyond its initial three-year plan, right up until the move to the new Philharmonie in 2015. The residency at Salle Pleyel featured an array of notable conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Among the artists that have collaborated are names such as Maria-João Pirès, Vadim Repin, Leonidas Kavakos, Murray Perahia, Lang Lang and Emmanuel Ax. Initiatives have included a three-year Beethoven cycle, two-part Prokofiev project and Gergiev’s acclaimed Mahler Cycle, in collaboration with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre.
The residency included outreach and educational work with the LSO’s Discovery team in co-production with Cité de la Musique