Symphony Orchestra of India

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Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI)
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Official logo
Founded 2006
Location National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, India
Principal conductor Marat Bisengaliev

The Symphony Orchestra of India is an symphony orchestra based in Mumbai, India. It was founded in 2006 by the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, which is also its home.[1]

The first and current Music Director is Marat Bisengaliev. The orchestra's Conductor in Residence since 2007 is Zane Dalal.[2]

The orchestra's season includes not only works from the symphonic repertoire but also opera, ballet and chamber music performances.

About the Orchestra[edit]

The Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) is India’s first and only professional symphony orchestra, and is housed at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai. The SOI was founded in 2006 by NCPA Chairman Khushroo Suntook and internationally-renowned violinist Marat Bisengaliev, who has since served as Music Director. The SOI currently offers two series of concerts–in February and September–every year, and over the past eight years, has performed around India and internationally, as well. Apart from the mainstays of the symphonic repertoire, the NCPA and SOI have also presented some large-scale productions, including fully-staged operas. The Orchestra’s core group of musicians is resident at the NCPA all year round; additional players are recruited from a talented pool of professionals from around the world. Since 2007, Zane Dalal has served as the Orchestra’s Resident Conductor.

Since its inception, the Orchestra has worked with such internationally-renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Lior Shambadal, Mischa Damev, Rafael Payare, Karl Jenkins, Adrian Leaper, Johannes Wildner, Alexander Anissimov, and Christoph Poppen, amongst others, and soloists including Barry Douglas, Michael Collins, Stephen Kovacevich, Tamas Vásáry, and Lena Neudauer. Recently, the SOI presented the India premiere of the Triple Concerto Melody of Rhythm with Zakir Hussain, Béla Fleck, and Edgar Meyer, as well as presenting the piece on tour at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman. Internationally, the SOI has also performed in Moscow, Russia, in the historic Hall of Columns, where a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony drew a ten-minute standing ovation from an audience comprising the highest echelons of Russian society, and critical acclaim in the Russian media. At home, the SOI also serves as the pit orchestra for the NCPA’s opera and ballet productions.

The SOI features a growing number of Indian players, representing the finest home-grown talent, which provides a solid foundation for the future of orchestral playing in the country. Many of the SOI musicians are also teachers as the orchestra places great emphasis on teaching and developing musical potential amongst young people in India. One of NCPA’s educational initiatives is the Special Music Training Programme, which brings a professional level of teaching to gifted young musicians.

Guest Conductors[edit]

List of guest conductors who have conducted the Symphony Orchestra of India:

  1. Fuat Mansurov
  2. Alexander Anissimov
  3. Johannes Wildner
  4. Adrian Leaper
  5. Karl Jenkins
  6. Vag Papian
  7. Anne Randine Øverby
  8. Tamás Vásáry
  9. Evgeny Bushkov
  10. Antonello Allemandi
  11. Christoph Poppen
  12. Charles Dutoit (Sept 2013) [3]
  13. Lior Shambadal
  14. Mischa Damev
  15. Rafael Payare

Guest Artistes[edit]

  1. Agnieszka Zwierko, mezzo soprano
  2. Aleksandra Urbanska, viola
  3. Alyque Padamsee, narrator
  4. Amir, violin
  5. Anando Mukerjee, tenor
  6. Andrei Gavrilov, piano
  7. Annamaria Dell’Oste, soprano
  8. Anooshah Golesorkhi, baritone
  9. Anton Zidaru, Spoletta
  10. Assel Jexembekova, viola
  11. Atham Tashmatov, cello
  12. Atsuko Sahara, violin
  13. Barry Douglas, piano
  14. Beiimbet Demeuov, chorus director (Kazakh State Philharmonic)
  15. Bekezhan Rakishev, double bass
  16. Béla Fleck, banjo
  17. Benjamin Frith, piano
  18. Blossom Mendonca, choir director
  19. Boris Baraz, cello
  20. Borislav Strulev, cello
  21. Cavalleria Rusticana:
  22. Chantal Juillet, violin
  23. Colin Alexander, cello
  24. Coomi Wadia, chorus director (Paranjoti Academy)
  25. Danielle Perrett, harp
  26. Dauren Anuarbekov, cello
  27. Denis Shapovalov, cello
  28. Devid Cecconi, bass
  29. Dmitry Sitkovetsky, violin
  30. Edgar Meyer, double bass
  31. Ekaterina Lekhina, soprano
  32. Elena Bocharova, Santuzza
  33. Elena Kelessidi, soprano
  34. Elmira Veda, soprano
  35. Elzbieta Mrozek, viola
  36. Filippo Adami, tenor
  37. Francesco Anile & Mickael Spadaccini, Canio
  38. Galya Bisengalieva, violin
  39. George Hlawiczka, violin
  40. Gevorg Hakobyan, Alfio
  41. Giancarlo Monsalve & Mickael Spadaccini, Turiddu
  42. Gustavo Porta, Cavaradossi
  43. Helen Tudor, flute
  44. Iano Tamar, Tosca
  45. Ilya Itin, piano
  46. Irina Krikunova, soprano
  47. Jania Aubakirova, piano
  48. Javier Arrey, Silvio
  49. John Lenehan, piano
  50. Kazakh State Philharmonic Capella
  51. Kazakhstan Opera and Ballet Theatre
  52. Lena Neudauer, violin
  53. Living Voices
  54. Malcolm Messiter, oboe
  55. Manuel von Senden, tenor
  56. Marc Heller, tenor
  57. Maria Zhakarova, viola
  58. Marianna Vinci, Lola
  59. Mario Malagnini, tenor
  60. Marouan Benabdallah, piano
  61. Matteo Pais, assistant conductor
  62. Maureen Francis, soprano
  63. Members of the Kazakh State Philharmonic Capella
  64. Michael Collins, clarinet
  65. Mikhail Senovalov, piano
  66. Natalija Raithel, violin
  67. New Jersey Ballet Company (USA)
  68. Nika Guliashvili, Angelotti
  69. Olga Lyapina, violin
  70. Orest Pislariu, The Sacristan
  71. Paulina Grondys, cello
  72. Randi Emilie Dahlen, child soprano
  73. Raphael Wallfisch, cello
  74. Ricardo Bonci and Diego Mingolla, chorus directors
  75. Sabina Cvilak, Nedda
  76. Shiamak Davar’s Institute of Performing Arts
  77. Silvio Zanon, Tonio
  78. Stephen Kovacevich, piano
  79. Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy
  80. Tadasuke Iijima, violin
  81. Tamás Vásáry, piano
  82. Temirzhan Yerhanov, piano
  83. The Bergen Opera Choir
  84. The Living Voices
  85. The Paranjoti Academy Choir
  86. The School of Classical Ballet and Western Dance
  87. Tone Kvam Thorsen, contralto
  88. Vag Papian, piano
  89. Valentina Kutzarova, mezzo-soprano
  90. Vuyani Mlinde, bass baritone
  91. Xuefei Yang – guitar
  92. Zakir Hussain, tabla

International touring[edit]

  • Moscow: June 2010
  • Muscat: February 2013

Music Directors[edit]

NCPA building, Nariman Point, Mumbai, home of SOI

Schools Suzuki Method Programme[edit]

The SOI has also recently started a Suzuki method programme in Mumbai which is now flourishing with over 200 students aged five to seven.

NCPA Special Music Training Programme[edit]

The NCPA Special Music Training Programme was launched in 2012, to offer advanced string instrument tuition to talented young children. The programme offers a holistic music education that is inspired by the Russian Conservatoire method. Students receive substantial one-to-one tuition on their primary instrument, second-study piano lessons, group-singing teaching via the Solfeggio method, Music Theory classes and History of Music lectures. Apart from the string instruments and piano, the Programme currently offers lessons on select woodwind and brass instruments, with hopes to considerably expand in the near future. The Tutors of the NCPA Special Music Training Programme are all professional musicians from Eastern Europe and the United States. They have a wealth of international teaching and performing experience between them and each one of them is a member of the Symphony Orchestra of India and performs in the orchestral and chamber music performances.


  1. ^ "Symphony Orchestra of India". NCPA Mumbai. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Heads of Asian orchestras converge on Mumbai for meet". The Times of India. Sep 20, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Treat your ears to a symphony orchestra". The Times of India. Sep 11, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 

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