About us


Among the finest orchestras in the country, the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the largest cultural organization in Italy. Since its inception in 1970, the orchestra has received critical acclaim for artistic excellence and has distinguished itself as one of the leading Mediterranean orchestras.

Under the leadership of Music Director Maestro Giuseppe Di Donato the orchestra has increased recording, performances throughout Italy and touring projects. The orchestra continues to develop its international presence by being an active commissioning body for new Italian and international works, as well as attracting distinguished guest artists and conductors – such as Biagio Ruggeri, Sergio Testa, Marco Zuccari, Stefan Gulak, Miroslav Krastev, etc. - to performances in the most important Italian auditoriums and theatres. Renowned composers Claudio Cimpanelli, Raffaele Bellafronte, Luca Lombardi, Phillip Glass, among many others, have been in attendance for the Orchestra's presentations of their music.

The IPO consists of 65 full-time members and can be enlarged to 90 players if needed. It gives around 60 concerts each season as well as many international tours. It has performed in Germany, Holland, Austria, Belgium, France, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Portugal and the United States.

Throughout its history, the IPO has welcomed some of the greatest international artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle, Maureen Forrester, Karen Kain, Josè Carreras Jessie Norman, Itzhak Perlman, Christopher Plummer, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arthur Rubinstein and Maxim Vengerov.

The IPO records regularly for BIS, Chandos and Naxos. Both in live performances and on recordings, IPO has devoted itself to presenting often-neglected masterpieces by mid-20th century composers, whose music is once again establishing itself in the hearts of Italian concertgoers.

The orchestra is now under the artistic leadership of Maestro Roberto Giuliani, one of the leading conductors of his generation.