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In my opinion, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best in Russia, which means in Europe as well, as the level of Russian musicians is very high.
Vadim Repin

I give 60-70 concerts per year, and five minutes is enough for me to understand what kind of orchestra is in front of me. The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra is very good, one of the best in Russia.
Krzysztof Penderecki

The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra is amazing! It is always pleasant to work with it. Dmitry Liss is a wonderful conductor whom I deeply respect.
Boris Berezovsky


Founded in 1936, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best symphony orchestras in Russia today. The orchestra is known for its high quality performance culture and flexibility in learning new pieces of music. The orchestra consists of more than 100 musicians, and every year it performs up to 110 concerts and offers more than 70 programs. The orchestras repertoire consists of all major Western European and Russian classical works, as well as the works of outstanding contemporary composers.

Dmitry Liss, the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, is a representative of the Moscow conductors school and a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory (Dmitry Kitayenkos class).


Winner of the LOVRO FON MATAČIĆ First International Conductors Competition in Zagreb, Croatia (1995)

Winner of the Sverdlovsk Oblast Governors Award in Literature and Art (2001)

Named as a Conductor of the Year by Russian newspaper Music Review (Moscow, 2002)

The Russian Federation State Award in Literature and Art (2008) for outstanding contribution to the development of philharmonic activity in Russia (Decree of the President of the Russian Federation dated June 4, 2009, No.626)

Peoples Artist of Russia National Award (2011)

Dmitry Liss has recently worked with the Russian National Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, State Symphony Orchestra New Russia, the National Orchestra of France, the National Orchestra of Lille, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and symphony orchestras of Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, Poland, etc.

Dmitry Liss has led the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra for 17 years; he has achieved new creative heights while also preserving and enriching the traditions of his predecessors.

Dmitry Liss and the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra have been on more than 20 tours in 10 countries (Spain, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Japan, and the United States).

From 1996 to 2012, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra participated in the following international projects and festivals:

Festival of Giya Kanchelis music (Yekaterinburg, 1996)

Festival in memory of Avet Terteryan (Yekaterinburg, 1999)

International Festival XXI Biennale of Contemporary Music in Zagreb, Croatia (1999)

International Festival of French Music (2002)

International Festival of Contemporary Art of the Netherlands (2002)

Cannes Music Festival (2002)

Europalia. Russia (Belgium, 2005)

Le Festival International de Piano à la Roque dAnthéron (2005, 2008, 2010)

II Festival of Symphony Orchestras of the World (Moscow, 2007)

La Folle Journée (France, Spain, Japan 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Music Festival Crescendo (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)

Le festival de Radio France (2008, 2010)

Le festival de musique classique à Saint-Riquier (2008)

International Festival Stars on Baikal (Irkutsk, 2009)

International Winter Festival Arts Square (St. Petersburg, 2009)

Nuits de la Citadelle à Sisteron (2010)

I International Eurasian Music Festival (Yekaterinburg, 2011)

Russian Christmas at the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC, 2011)


The following world famous musicians have performed with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra: Mstislav Rostropovich, Dmitry Khvorostovky, Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Alexander Knyazev, Eliso Virsaladze, Liana Isakadze, Nikolay Petrov, Vadim Repin, Sergey Krylov, Boris Berezovsky, Viktor Tretyakov, Vladimir Kraynev, Mikhail Pletnev, Frederick Kempf, Dmitry Bashkirov, Peter Donohoe, Naum Shtarkman, Alexander Rudin, Martin Frost, Denis Matsuev, Nikolay Lugansky, Aleyna Bayeva, Leticia Muños, Massimo Giordano, Olga Borodina, Alexey Ogrinchuk, Sergey Nakaryakov, Sayaka Shoji, Arkady Shilkloper, and many others.


Over the years the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra worked with many outstanding Russian and foreign guest conductors: Dmitry Kitayenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Valery Gergiev, Alexander Vedernikov, Andrey Boreyko, Mikhail Pletnev, Alexander Lazarev, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Klaus Tennstedt, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Daniil Rayskin, Michiyoshi Inoue, Fabio Mastrangelo, Charles Ansbacher, Sarah Coldwell, and many others.


The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra performed in the following concert halls:

Arsenal (Metz, France)

Auditorio de Murcia (Murcia, Spain)

Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory (Moscow, Russia)

Great Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Society (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Beethovenhalle (Stuttgart, Germany)

Bunka-Kaikan (Tokyo, Japan)

Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Debussy Hall (Cannes, France)

Kultur und Kongresszentrum (Lucerne, Switzerland)

Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (Washington, DC)

Le Corum Opéra Berlioz (Montpellier, France)

Concert Hall Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Palais des Congres (Nantes, France)

Salle Pleyel (Paris, France)

Tokyo International Forum (Tokyo, Japan)

Tonhalle (Zurich, Switzerland)

Queen Elisabeth Hall (Antwerp, Belgium)

Victoria Hall (Geneva, Switzerland)


Every year composers from various countries entrust the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra with the first performance of their compositions. Recent world premieres:

R.oering. Symphony poem Chorale & Lamento. The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Liss. September 18, 2011

. Tchaikovsky. A Night at a Harem, concerto for cello and orchestra. The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Liss, soloist Boris ndrianov. September 14, 2011


The General Manager of the orchestra in Europe is Les Productions Internationales Albert Sarfati (France).


The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra has made numerous recordings on order of companies from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Japan, the United States, France, and Great Britain, including Warner Classics International and Mirare. The orchestras concerts have been broadcast live on Radio France, and on TV channels Arte, France Musique, Culture.

Sylvestrov Orchestral works Vol. 1 Megadisc (Belgium) MDC 7837 (1998)

Sylvestrov Orchestral works Vol. 2 Megadisc (Belgium) MDC 7836 (1998)

Ustvolskaya Piano Concerto and Symphony No. 1 Megadisc (Belgium) MDC 7856 (2000)

Ustvolskaya Symphonies No. 2-5 Megadisc (Belgium) MDC 7854 (2000)

Gliere Bronze Horseman Suite Russian disc RD CD 10037 (1995)

Terteryan Symphonies No. 7 and 8 Megadisc (Belgium) MDC 7826 (2000)

Shostakovich Cello and Piano Concertos Audiofon CD 72060 (1997)

Revisited Concertos Gallo (Switzerland) CD 994 (1999)

Milhaud Cello Concertos Doron (Switzerland) DRC 3035 (2001)

Rachmaninov Piano Concertos No. 2 and 3 Mirare (France) MIR008 (2005)

Rachmaninov Piano Concertos No. 1 and 4 Rhapsody by theme of Paganini Mirare (France) MIR019 (2006)

Miaskovskys Symphonies Nos. 6 and 10 Warner Classics (UK) 2564 63431-2 (2006)

P. Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, A. Khachaturian Piano Concerto Warner Classics (UK) 2564 63074-2

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 Mirare (France) MIR 132 (2010)

Brahms Symphony No.1 Mirare (France) MIR 139 (2011)

Shostakovich Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 2 Mirare (France) MIR 166 (2011)


Everybody knows Rachmaninovs Piano Concerto No.2, but the purely Russian interpretation offered tonight completely surpassed all expectations. We saw an ideal interaction between Berezovsky, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, and conductor Dmitry Liss. They collaborate; they speak the same musical language and seem to feel Rachmaninovs music at a certain genetic level. The conductor, with the soft gestures of a poet, controls the process, uniting the orchestra and the piano. We are once again convinced that this concerto represents lyricism and passion, and that the musicians bring in their own colors and understanding.
La Marseillaise, France, July 2010

Due to the vigorously bright strings of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, the over-romanticism of Tchaikovsky in Romeo and Juliet did not sound too pompous. Dmitry Liss majestically led the musicians through the score, giving certain groups the opportunity to show their brilliant skills, which they did with gratitude. Kronenzeitung, Austria, April 2009

Victoria Hall Geneva has never heard such an orchestra, with its performance concentrated on the rhythm, sound colors, and audacious dynamism. The audience, charmed by the sounds of the strings, the brass, and the wind instruments of the orchestra under the leadership of Dmitry Liss, seemed to be a witness to a renaissance of the brightest features of Western European music culture.
Tribune de Genève, Switzerland, March 2008

In the last fifteen years of the orchestras leadership, Dmitry Liss has developed a total mutual understanding with the musicians. The conductor offered his own interpretation of Tchaikovskys Pathetique Symphony, the final work of the composer. The audience held its breath to catch the last voices of the double basses, which sounded in perfect silence. It was a miracle that nobody disturbed that silence.
Sud ouest bordeaux rive gauche, France, January 2010

The orchestra from Yekaterinburg under the leadership of Dmitry Liss showed itself to be a harmonious ensemble infatuated with music. With a large number of musicians, it performed with thoroughly differentiated dynamics, which in certain dramatic moments was achieved by powerful but not coarse fortissimo attacks.
Klemenezeitung, Austria, April 2009

The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra rehabilitated Mussorgsky in Stokowskis transcription. In Night on Bald Mountain, the demonism, the flickering of ghostly shadows, and the movement of evil spirits reigned during the first part. But after the bells strokes, the awakening nature started to dominate; after strong sound orgies came wonderful lyricism and unusual pianissimo. The audience was enraptured. This was a musical event full of power and energy.
St.Gallen Nachnichter, Switzerland, March 2008


I am very happy to return again to Yekaterinburg after a long absence, especially on the eve of a special anniversary season and the 75th anniversary of the Philharmonic Hall and its wonderful orchestra. I feel like I am in a special atmosphere where everybody loves and respects the art. I started a rehearsal with a very complicated composition, which had never been performed here earlier, or it hadnt been performed for a long time. But the orchestra reacted very positively to this wonderful score. I communicated with the musicians for several hours one day in the morning only but I must admit that I have only good impressions. Of course, this should be credited to my colleague Dmitry Liss.
Gennady Rozhdestvensky

At the moment the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra is in wonderful shape; the musicians understand everything on the fly. Not many orchestras demonstrate this very important quality, not even all the orchestras from the capital.
Mikhail Pletnev

Your orchestra is wonderful. The musicians are treated with great care. They understand and appreciate it. Dmitry Liss is a very good director. He constantly searches for something new. He enriches the repertoire. If I had another opportunity to make another program with your orchestra, I would perform the compositions by Mahler and Bruckner.
Vladimir Fedoseev

The orchestra is ready to work; it wants to work and understands the purpose of its work. That is why the quality which it showed in Prokofievs Symphony No.3 is simply amazing for a live performance Actually, I like to give a heavy workload to an orchestra, especially to such a strong and perceptive orchestra. Of course, sometimes there can be some mistakes; its life. But theres no denying that the orchestra is characterized by emotional investment: the musicians devote themselves to music.
Dmitry Kitayenko

Bravo to the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, with which I experienced a moment of musical pleasure. Good luck and bravo to Dmitry for his wonderful work.
Jean-Claude Casadesus

With great joy and pleasure I accepted an invitation from my old friend Chief Conductor Dmitry Liss to work with his wonderful orchestra. Many thanks to all the musicians for their brilliant performance.
Fabio Mastrangelo

In my opinion, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best in Russia, which means in Europe as well, as the level of the Russian musicians is very high. This is a beautiful orchestra that plays very brightly. In my opinion, one of the main qualities of this orchestra is its unbelievable temperament and ability to stand for each other. This is a very important quality and it greatly impresses me every time. Furthermore, this orchestra is very active: when in France there was a concert, we prepared a whole program with only one rehearsal, which speaks for itself.
Vadim Repin

The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra is astonishingly flexible and can perform any program. Nowadays symphony orchestras must be universal and possess their own style. This orchestra has its own style, its own taste and, I would say, its own music texture as its strings are simply unique. It also demonstrates the highest level of ensemble teamwork when any movement of a soloist is caught by the orchestra and the conductor.
Denis Matsuev

The very mention of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra is associated with positive emotions for me. Its amazing! Its always very pleasant to work with it. Dmitry Liss is a wonderful conductor whom I deeply respect. Observing him and understanding what hard work it is, I gave up this dream to become a conductor for the first time in my life.
Boris Berezovsky






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