Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

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Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra
Principal conductorDawid Runtz

The Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (Croatian: Zagrebačka filharmonija) is an orchestra based in Zagreb, Croatia. It was officially founded on the 30 November 1919.[1]


The origins of the orchestra can be found in the opera ensemble of Zagreb's national theatre. In the 19th century, musical ensembles in Zagreb were mostly unorganized, until in 1870, Ivan Zajc established an ensemble for the national theatre.[2] He organised and conducted a professional concert on the 25 February 1871, in Stanković's theatre (the present-day building of the Zagreb Assembly).[3] The orchestra performed a Quodlibet, a style of composition where melodies and motifs from a range of pieces would be combined into a single performance.

A symphony in 1916 marked a historical performance in Zagreb's musical history. The symphony of young Croatian composers (Croatian: Simfonijski koncert mladih hrvatskih skladatelja) showcased a wide range of composers from the country, including Dora Pejačević. [4] They played at the Croatian National Theatre.

After WWI, significant changes were brought to how Zagreb's musical ensembles were organised. In 1919, at the encouragement of violinist Dragutin Arany, the Filharmonic Orchestra was officially founded by some musicians of the opera ensemble.[5] The name changed to Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra on the 3rd of October, 1920.[6]



  1. ^ Alić, Marsela (2020-11-29). "Osnovana je Zagrebačka filharmonija (1919.)" [On this day, in 1919, The Zagreb Philharmonic was established]. Povijest (in Croatian). Retrieved 2021-10-23.
  2. ^ Kovačević, Krešimir (1977). Muzička enciklopedija [Encyclopedia of Music] (in Croatian) (Second ed.). pp. 750–751.
  3. ^ Munjin, Bojan. "Hristofor Stanković - the man who built Zagreb's first theatre". Portal of Serbs in Croatia.
  4. ^ Matasović, Trpimir. "Where were you in 1916?". Zarez - Dvotjednik za kulturu i društvena zbivanja. Retrieved 2021-10-24.
  5. ^ "HRVATSKA BAŠTINA – Zagrebačka filharmonija" (in Croatian). Retrieved 2021-10-24.
  6. ^ Haluza, Jana. "150 years of musical embrace in Zagreb". (in Croatian). Retrieved 2021-10-24.