About orchestra: 


Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra (KCSO) is a professional classical music orchestra based in Kaunas, Lithuania. The orchestra, funded by the city's municipality, became one of the leading classical music ensembles in the country. Within the country's as well as international art communities, the orchestra has been praised for meeting the highest artistic standards. It has also been successfully representing the city both within and outside its home country. The orchestra creates, fosters, and spreads national academic music, symphonic music's tradition and culture, participates in various national and international projects and events, as well as praise the name of both Kaunas and Lithuania among various cultural exchange programs. 

Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra emerge from the Chamber Orchestra, which was founded in 1988. Since 2000 the orchestra has been managed by Algimantas Treikauskas, while Constantine Orbelian is the principal conductor. The position was held by Pavel Berman, Modestas Pitrenas and Imantas Resnis in the past.

The orchestra is an indispensable part of the cultural life in both Kaunas and Lithuanian overall. KCSO performs more than 50 concerts a year. The Orchestra plyed at Lithuanian music festivals – the International Young Musicians festival, at the festivals of composers M. K. Čiurlionis and E. Grieg, Pažaislis and "Iš arti". Famous Lithuanian and foreign soloist and conductors willingly have collaborated with the team. The Orchestra has played under the baton of young Lithuanian conductors – Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Giedrė Šlekytė, Ričardas Šumila, Giedrius Vaznys, Egidijus Miknius and etc. KCSO has been hounoured to play under the baton of Maestro Juozas Domarkas, Martynas Staškus, Vytautas Lukočius, Modestas Barkauskas, Vilmantas Kaliūnas and foreign conductors – Esther Bobrova Lange (Denmark), David Gimenez (Spain), Rune Bergmann (Norway), Alain Pâris (France), Kaspar Zehnder (Switzerland), Mārtiņš Ozoliņš (Latvia), Neil Thomson (United Kingdom), Franco Giacosa (Italy), Miran Vaupotić (Croatia), June-Sung Park (South Korea) and etc. Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra gives concerts not only in Lithuania, but also in foreign countries – Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Italy, Germany, Findland, Switzerland, etc.

In 2015, the Orchestra celebrated its 10 year anniversary, the time when a number of major and significant projects had been implemented; plenty of memorable concerts – not only of classical but also popular music – had been included into the biography. The Orchestra has had the privilege to play with the legendary bands and artists of the world, such as "The Scorpions" and "Electric Light Orchestra", "Smokie", Bonie Tyler, Chris Norman, Robert Wells and Maggie Reilly. KCSO has appered on the stage together with the world-renowned soloists Lynette Tapia (soprano, United States), Elīna Garanča (mezzo-soprano, Latvia), John Osborn (tenor, United States), Lawrence Brownlee (tenor, United States), Jose Carreras (tenor, Spain), Lana Gordon (United States), etc., as well as with instrumentalists Alexander Markov (violin, United States–Russia), Domenico Nordio (violin, Italy), Mario Hossen (violin, Bulgaria), Philipe Graffin (violin, France), Aydar Gaynullin (accordion, Germany), Vladislav Lavrik (trumpet, Russia), Laurens Weinhold (violin, Norway), etc. 

In 2014 it became the main Orchestra of the Festival "Fjord Cadenza" in Norway. The most significant to KCSO is the collaboration with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, one of the most famous baritones of the world, and conductor Constantine Orbelian. The concerts have been held together with these masters of music in Kaunas, Vilnius, Riga, Tallin and Helsinki. Giuseppe Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra", recorded by Dmitri Hvorostovsky together with the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, as well as the „Metropolitan Opera“ soloists Barbara Frittoli (soprano, Italy), Stefano Secco (tenor, Italy) and Marco Caria (baritone, Italy) in Kaunas, received the award for the best release in 2015 by "Delos Music" from New York's magazine "Opera News".

In last creative seasons, publishing projects with the most prominent voices of these days – Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone, Russia), Lawrence Brownlee (tenor, United State), Stefano Secco (tenor, Italy), Ildar Abdrazakov (bass, Russia), Dinara Alieva (soprano, Azerbaijan), Aleksandrs Antonenko (tenor, Latvia), John Osborn (tenor, Unated States).

Recording with them have been nominated for international classical music awards (e.g. "Virtuoso Rossini Arias" recorded with Lawrence Brownlee and The Kaunas State Choir was nominated for 2015 Grammy award in the best classical music album category, while "Allegro Io Son" recorded with "bel canto" star, who was assisted by Lithuanian soloists Viktorija Miškūnaitė (soprano), Liudas Mikalauskas (bass) and Andrius Apšega (baritone) as well as Kaunas State Choir, received the best August 2016 classical music release award from "Voix des Arts", while the same release was nominated for 2017 Internacional Classical Music Awards in the best vocal recital category).