The Rotterdam Philharmonic is a modern orchestra which has its roots deep in the classical music tradition. It embodies the temperament of its home base, Rotterdam.
The Rotterdam Philharmonic ranks among Europe’s foremost orchestras, being internationally known for the intense energy of its performances, its acclaimed recordings and its innovative audience approach. With performances from the local venues to concert halls worldwide the orchestra reaches an annual audience of 150,000 to 200,000.
The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1918. From 1930, under principal conductor Eduard Flipse, it developed into one of the foremost orchestras of the Netherlands. In the 1970s, with Jean Fournet and Edo de Waart, the orchestra gained international recognition. Valery Gergiev’s appointment heralded a new period of bloom, which continued from 2008 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He will be principal conductor until the 2017–2018 season, after which he will remain with the orchestra as honorary conductor. Lahav Shani will be principal conductor from 2018–2019.