Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala (La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra) debuted on January 25, 1982 conducted by its founder, Claudio Abbado.
In 1987 Riccardo Muti has taken the role of Principal Conductor, bringing a decisive change in the executive and interpretative quality of the Orchestra, underlying its potential values and bringing a basic contribution to the international success the Orchestra has encountered in the last years.
La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Riccardo Muti has performed at the Festwochen in Vienna, in 1996, in 1999 and in 2002, at the Salzburg Festival, at the Lucerne Festival, in Paris, Barcelona, Lisbon, Madrid, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Munich, Tokyo, Praga, Varsav, Budapest, Tokyo. During numerous tours in different countries the Orchestra has performed in important musical and cultural centres all over the world. It has once more encountered a great success during the last tours in the Far East, in South America and in Australia, where the Orchestra has represented Italy in the Arts’ Festival for the celebration of the Olympic Games in Sidney. International critics deeply appreciate the wide repertoire and the round sound or this Orchestra.
Important conductors have performed with La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, among whom Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Valery Gergiev, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Metha, Seiji Ozawa, George Prêtre, Gennadij Roždestvenskij, Yuri Temirkanov, Riccardo Chailly, Semyon Bychkov.
La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra dedicates a particular care to the musical paths of modern music and every year a new composition is commissioned to young internationally known composers.
Among its rich discography - Sony, Decca, Emi - the live recording of the integral cycle of L.v. Beethoven's Symphonies, which the Philharmonic Orchestra has recorded in 1998 under the baton of Riccardo Muti at Teatro alla Scala has encountered a particular editorial success. Moreover the Orchestra is engaged in a production of a new DVD cycle for the collection “Music in Art Resorts”. This project foresees the production of concerts of the Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti in culturally important Italian resorts.
The activity of La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra is supported by UniCredito Italiano, institutional Major Partner of the Orchestra.