The Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra grew from the Kaunas Chamber Orchestra, which was founded in 1988 and since 2000 has been managed by Algimantas Treikauskas. Pavel Berman, Modestas Pitrenas, Imants Resnis used to be principal conductors, now this position belongs to Constantine Orbelian.
Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra gives concerts at home and abroad, including Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Finland, and Italy, appears regularly at various international festivals, presents concert projects and gives thematic concerts. Many famous Lithuanian and foreign soloists and conductors have collaborated with the orchestra.
Orchestra appears and organizes about 50 concerts per year. Presenting itself as a versatile collective, orchestra specializes in various genres of classical, contemporary music, including crossover projects with such groups as "The Scorpions", "Smokie", "Electric Light Orchestra" to name a few. Also Orchestra appeared at opera contest show "Arc of the Triumph" for two years in Lithuanian National Television.
Among the most prominent highlights of 2012/2013 season - coloboration with famous baritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky and conductor Conctantine Orbelian, tour in "Murten Classics" festival in Switzerland under the baton of Kaspar Zehnder. In Orchestra discography appears five CD's, five new projects were recoreded recently together with most famous today's voices Ildar Abrazakov,
most demanded bel canto repertoire tenor Lawrence Brownlee and studio recording of G. Verdi "Simon Boccanegra" together with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Barbara Frittoli, Stefano Secco.
(Up to date September 2013)
“The cultural life of Kaunas cannot be imagined without the Symphony Orchestra. Its professional development provides lovers of music of this genre with much pleasure, gives Kaunas composers an inspiration for new works, and makes it possible to run a wide variety of diverse and interesting projects involving the world’s leading musicians.”
(Eugenija Žakienė, Nemunas, 2006)
“… marking its second anniversary, the orchestra increasingly proves to be a western-type ensemble focusing mainly on the sense of proportion and the wholeness of the music being performed.”
(Alina Ramanauskienė, Kauno Diena, 2007)