Oltenia Philarmonic



Oltenia Philharmonic Orchestra

The Oltenia Philharmonic from Craiova, a well-known institution in the Romanian musical life, has been founded in 1904 and established in 1947 by a Royal Decree. The present activity is carried out by the Symphony Orchestra (around 80 professional musicians), the Chamber Orchestra, the Academic Choir, as many chamber assemblies, too.

The repertoire includes masterpieces of symphonic music, operas, oratorios, requiems, musical jewels, arrangements of famous jazz pieces, covering a large historical period, from Baroque to contemporary.

Recording houses like: Electrecord, Musical Company - Arad (Romania); V. D.Gallo - Doron, Lausanne (Switzerland); R. Z - Berlin (Germany); Disk Makers, Pennsauken - New Jersey (USA) produced highly appreciated CDs and LPs for Oltenia Philharmonic.

The Symphony Orchestra was invited in Italy to perform at the summer concerts together with Katia Ricciarelli - the worlds famous Italian soprano - and to attend to The International Courses for Young Conductors from Manfredonia, Alessandria (Italy), Corsica (France), The International Competitions for Young Soloists (the finales with the orchestra), in Italy: G. B. Viotti (Varallo), Rodolfo Lipizer (Gorizia), Citta di Cantu (Como); in France: The International Festival Les Nuits Pianistiques (Aix-en-Provence); The Opera Festivals in Germany and Italy (Spoleto).

The Academic Choir of Oltenia Philharmonic

The Academic Choir of Oltenia Philharmonic from Craiova, one of the most valuable artistic assemblies of this genre in our country, was created in 1953.

The vast repertoire sums up about 1000 of the representative compositions of our choral art like: Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Contemporary.

Around 60 professional musicians form the the choir of the Oltenia Philharmonic. The activity is extended on two big chapters: a cappella and choral concerts. A cappella concerts include pieces of all epoques and creations, styles of diversity and technical difficulty specific to first class professional ensembles. The vocal-symphonic concerts include masterpieces of universal and Romanian musical literature as: passions, masses, requiems, oratories, cantatas a.o. We illustrate some of them: Johannes-Passion, Matthaus-Passion Oratorios, The Great Mass in B minor, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio by J. S. Bach; The Seasons, The Creation Oratorios by J. Haydn; Requiem, The Coronation's Mass, The Great Mass in C minor by W. A. Mozart; Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra and Symphony No. 9 by L. v. Beethoven;Requiem and Quattro pezzi sacri by G. Verdi; Messiah Oratorio by G. Fr. Handel; Requiem and Stabat Mater by Choral Symphony The Bells, Spring Cantata and Vespers by S. Rachmaninoff.


Prices: 35 lei, 25 lei (students and senior)

Season ticket: 140 LEI (7 concerts): concerts 1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28


Tel: + 40 351 414 697

Ticket agency program :

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

10:00 - 14:00


13:00 - 17:00


10:00 - 14:00 ; 18:00 - 21:00


Secretariat: +40 251 412 334