The Symphony Orchestra of the Municipality of Thessaloniki was founded in 1987. Its first name was “Municipal Orchestra” and his first artistic director was Cosmas Galileas. The Orchestra is comprised by talented and renowned musicians and participates dynamically in the musical world of the city, giving concerts in Thessaloniki, as well as all over Greece and abroad. Since July 1993 and for five consecutive years, the Orchestra’s artistic director was the conductor Dimitris Agrafiotis and right after him, until 2005, the conductor Byron Fidetzis. Today, the Orchestra is directed by the conductor Haris Iliadis.
During all these years, the Symphony Orchestra had the joy and the honor to work with outstanding soloists and conductors, such as: D. Sgouros, G. Demertzis, L. Kavakos, M. Tirimos, Y. Vakarelis, K. Katsaris, F. J. Sellheim, I. Ionescu - Galati, R. Moog, I. Oistrakh, R. Syracuse, V. Tretiakov, K. Kelly, G. Schuller, C. Studer, P. Badura - Skoda and others.
Every year the Orchestra participates in the inaugural concert of “Dimitria”, the International Festival of Thessaloniki. It has given concerts at Athens Concert Hall, Athens Festival, Lycabettus Theatre, as well as in many Greek cities (Veria, Naoussa, Drama, Mesolongi, Kavala, Serres, Corfu etc.) and abroad (Ephesus Ancient Theatre, Cyprus etc.).
In 2000, the Orchestra released the Cd’s Α. Vivaldi’s Le Quattro Stagioni with L. Kavakos as soloist and K. Galileas as conductor and J. Haydn’s Die Schoepfung with V. Fidetzis as conductor.
It has participated in opera performances such as Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni (Mozart), Ιl Campanello di Notte (Donizetti), The Medium (Menotti), Gianni Schicchi and Turandot (Puccini), Momo (Baltas), Il Trovatore (Verdi), Salome (R. Strauss), as well as in ballet performances such as The Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky) and in great oratorios such as Matthäus-Passion (J. S. Bach). In February 2006 it presented V. Bellini’s I Puritani in a Greek premiere.
The famous composer and Boston University professor T. Antoniou, recognizing the precious contribution of the Orchestra to the promotion of Greek composers’ works, dedicated to it his First Symphony, which was presented on January 19th 2003 in a world premiere.
The Symphony Orchestra of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, which is known for its artistic quality, supports the Greek musicians and contributes to the promotion of the cultural life of Thessaloniki.
Orchestra’s director: Haris Iliadis, Conductor