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Top 7 Orchestras Around the World (Not in Order)

by Sherry Li

1. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Vienna Philharmonic was founded in 1842 and members are selected from the orchestra of Vienna State Opera. There’s a lengthy application process to move up to Vienna Philharmonic. They have a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame for 1981, 1998, and 2008. As one of the most well-known and exclusive orchestras around the world, concert tickets sell out almost immediately. Their website is https://www.wienerphilharmoniker.at/en/

2. Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1891 and is also a world-renowned orchestra. They perform a variety of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary. They perform over 150 concerts each year with Riccardo Muti as the conductor. Talented soloists such as Ray Chen, Yo-yo Ma, and Itzhak Perlman have performed with the CSO. More information can be found at https://cso.org/

3. London Symphony Orchestra

Founded by Adolf Borsdorf in 1904, the London Symphony Orchestra started out as a small orchestra. LSO performs over 120 concerts annually and is considered one of London’s oldest orchestras. They won Grammys in 1989, 1998, and 2007. LSO has recorded over 200 movie soundtracks including music from Star Wars and Superman: The Movie. concerts and event dates can be found at https://lso.co.uk/

4. Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1882 and based in Germany. Some awards they received include Grammy Award in 1999, many Classic Brit awards, and Fryderyk Awards. Berlin Philharmonic goes on many tours throughout the year. More information can be found at their website https://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/

5. Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra was founded by Adella Prentiss Hughes in 1918 and is based in Ohio. With 100+ members, Cleveland Orchestra performs at Cleveland and performs each summer at Blossom Music Center. The conductor Welser-Möst is one of the most widely-acknow­ledged conductors and works well with the Cleveland Orchestra. Their website is https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/

6. Philadelphia Orchestra

With over 130 concerts each year, the Philadelphia Orchestra is also world-renowned. This orchestra was the first to perform on a TV broadcast and on a radio broadcast. It also won a grammy in 2022 for Best Orchestral Performance. Tour and concert dates can be found at their website at https://www.philorch.org/

7. Boston Symphony Orchestra

Considered a member of the “Big Five”, Boston Symphony Orchestra is known as one of the oldest orchestras. BSO goes on multiple tours nationally and internationally and has up to 250 shows each year. In 2019, they won the Grammys for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album. Their website is https://www.bso.org/

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