Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale
Shinik Hahm, Music Director

Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale at Woolsey Hall

Listen to the Philharmonia
Last movement of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale is one of America’s finest music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire to its members, many of whom have gone on to join the ranks of the nation’s leading professional orchestras. The orchestra performs a popular series of concerts in Woolsey Hall, and performs for Yale Opera productions in the Shubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale has performed numerous times in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The Philharmonia’s beginnings can be traced to 1894, when an orchestra was organized under the leadership of the School’s first Dean, Horatio Parker. The Orchestra became known as the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in 1973, with the appointments of Otto-Werner Mueller as resident conductor and William Steinberg, then Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony, as Sanford Professor of Music. Brazilian conductor Eleazar de Carvalho became music director in 1987, and Gunther Herbig joined the conducting staff as guest conductor and director of the Affiliate Artists Conductors program in 1990. Lawrence Leighton Smith, music director of The Louisville Orchestra, conducted the Philharmonia for a decade, and upon his retirement in 2004, Shinik Hahm was appointed music director.

Last movement of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony

Guest conductors who have worked with the orchestra over the years include Pierre Boulez, Anshel Brusilow, Aaron Copland, David Effron, Szymon Goldberg, Sidney Harth, Danny Kaye, Anatoly Levin, Andrew Litton, Loren Maazel, Kurt Masur, John Mauceri, Eugene Ormandy, Krzysztof Penderecki, Robert Shaw, Sir George Solti, William Steinberg, Leopold Stokowski, Georg Tintner, and Samuel Wong. Guest soloists Hermann Baumann, horn, Maureen Forrester, contralto, Richard Goode, piano, Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin, Ivo Pogorelich, piano, Tony Randall, narrator, Shauna Rolston, cello, Mstislav Rostropovich, cello, Jian Wang, cello, and André Watts, piano, have appeared with the orchestra.

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