Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, Grand Hall
Corinthian columns coated with artificial white marble, the walls decorated with pilasters, wide arched openings with Ionic columns and the divine acoustics – that’s the magnificent interior of the Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, which is one of the most important and cherished music sites in Europe that adheres to the traditions of 19-20th centuries.
The Grand Hall of the Philharmonic was built in 1839 to complement the Russian Museum and the Mikhailovsky Theatre as part of the Arts Square architectural complex.
In the middle 19th century the Grand Hall was the focal point of musical life in St. Petersburg, where the audience enjoyed and applauded to both foreign and Russian celebrities – Franz Liszt, Carl Schumann, Richard Wagner, Pauline Viardot, P. Tchaikovsky, N. Rimsky-Korsakov, M. Mussorgsky and many others.
Early in 20th century the Philharmonic Orchestra was formed and led by famous E. Mravinsky between 1938-1988 and then by eminent Y. Temirkanov.
The concert hall hosted the most outstanding musicians – O. Klemperer, E. Ansermet, A. Schnabel, A. Rubinstein, Y. Menuhin, M. Rostropovich – the list can be really endless.
Many celebrities of today feel honored to perform at the Grand Hall of the Philharmonic – Montserrat Caballé, Dmitri Khvorostovsky, “Moscow Virtuosos” by Harry Grodberg…have a look at the repertoire and choose, which luminary you’d like to be dazzled by in this luxurious scenery – make your experience unforgettable.
An evening concert at the Philharmonic is the perfect ending of a long day full of sightseeing. The concerts last about 3 hours with one intermission for you to unwind or refresh at a local café. You may want to buy a souvenir to remind of your experience at a large gifts shop next doors.
Ticket prices start from 250 rubles and can be bought in the Philharmonic ticket office or online.
Address: St. Petersburg, Mihajlovskaya street, 2. Metro stations: “Nevsky Prospect” or “Gostiny Dvor”.
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Translation by Svetlana Serebryakova