St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonic by D. D. Shostakovich is a state cultural institution in St. Petersburg, the oldest of the Russian philharmonics. Permanent place for performances and rehearsals of the symphony orchestra of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.
The Large Philharmonic Hall (Grand Hall) is located in the former house of the noble assembly at 2, Mikhailovskaya Street. The Small Philharmonic Hall is located in the Engelhardt House at 30 Nevsky Prospekt.
The society now hosts two symphony orchestras: Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Saint Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra.
The predecessor of the modern Philharmonic Society, opened on June 12, 1921, is considered to be the Philharmonic Society founded in 1803 – the first in Europe and in the world.
The main building currently housing the Philharmonia was completed in 1839. Architect: P. Jacot; and Facade design: C. Rossi.
The Bolshoi Zal (Russian: Большой зал, meaning the Grand Hall) has a capacity of 1500 seats. It is one of the best known music halls in Russia. F.Liszt, H.Berlioz, R.Wagner, A.Dvořák, J.Sibelius, C.-A.Debussy, R.Strauss, S.Rachmaninoff, S.Prokofiev, D.Shostakovich, A.Scriabin, G.Mahler, A.Rubinstein, K.Schumann, P.Viardo, P.Sarasate, A.Schoenberg, I.Stravinsky, B.Bartok, P.Hindemith and others renowned musicians of the XIX-ХХ centuries performed here, and many works of such exponents of Russian classical tradition as A.Borodin, M.Mussorgsky, P.Tchaikovsky, N.Rimsky-Korsakov, A.Glazunov were premiered here. The hall’s acoustics are excellent, but judged by some not to be the best in town.
Ticket office of the Great Hall
Daily from 11:00 to 20:00 (on concert days – until 20:30)
Break from 15:00 to 16:00