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History of Belarusian State Philharmonic

There is an amazing atmosphere of quietness, where musical masterpieces are born. The life of the Belarusian State Philharmonic can be compared to the toccata of Mozart’s symphony, as it is rapid and heartfelt.  The Belarusian State Philharmonic has already seen 75 concert seasons, thousands of performances, and dozens of genius musicians.

In 1937, ten years after the creation of the Belarusian State Symphony Orchestra, the Belarusian State Philharmonic began its history. Famous Ilya Musin became the first chief conductor there. He basically became a spiritual father of the Philharmonic.

Yuri Gildyuk, artistic director of the Belarusian State Philharmonic, honored artist of the Republic of Belarus:
He is a legendary person. He trained a lot of world-class conductors. The symphony orchestra performed under his leadership during the First Decade of Belarusian Art and Literature in Moscow.

However, not many people attended the performances at first. Before WWII, the Philharmonic didn’t have its own building, and classical music didn’t sound so touching as it could without the acoustics. The symphony orchestra was moving from one place to another.

However, love for classical music appeared to be stronger than anything. Minsk residents were so eager to hear music by Bach and Tchaikovsky that they filled even uncomfortable and cold halls.

A peaceful concert life was interrupted by the beginning of WWII. However, musicians of the Philharmonic didn’t stop playing.

If we speak about prominent conductors of the Symphony Orchestra, we should definitely mention Tatiana Kolomiytseva, a legendary conductor, who later was a conductor in the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre. Victor Dubrovsky and Vitaly Kataev, who contributed a lot to the development of the symphonic art, were also outstanding conductors of the symphony orchestra.

In 2013, it was 50 years since the Belarusian State Philharmonic acquired its main concert hall. However, the building of 1963 was renovated and only sculptural murals near the stairs were left intact.

In 1980, such Belarusian musical ensembles as Verasy, Pesniary and Kharoshki started to give concerts in different countries all over the globe. For the achievements of the Belarusian musicians abroad it was decided to build an annex. Today, there is the administration of the symphony orchestra in this annex, and some of the rehearsals take place. There is also a park nearby. It is planned to create a gallery, where all outstanding people of the Belarusian State Philharmonic could be commemorated.

The Belarusian State Philharmonic changed a lot after the renovation in 2001. Wooden floors were replaced with marble ones. The number of seats reduced to 690, which improved the acoustics. Also, there appeared the small hall with 190 seats named after Grigoriy Shirma, a famous Belarusian conductor.

Today, in the renovated building, people can have a look at the chronicle of the Belarusian State Philharmonic. On the second floor, there is a museum devoted to Mulyavin, a Belarusian musician, who taught Belarusian people to love their mother tongue. Also, there is situated a gallery of legendary musicians of the Philharmonic.

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The Belarusian State Philharmonic became a perfect school for many talented musicians. Nowadays, it has 18 ensembles, among which are the National Academic Folk Instruments Orchestra named after Zhynovich leaded by Mikhail Kazinets, a People’s Artist of the Republic of Belarus, and the Academic Symphony Orchestra leaded by People’s Artist of the Republic of Belarus and Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Alexander Anisimov.

The Philharmonic brought up 28 People’s and Honored Artists of Belarus, and 110 laureates of international contests.

The priorities haven’t changed. The main objectives are to bring back to life Belarusian cultural traditions and to play serious music.