Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Celebrating its 25th birthday in 2018, The Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) has gained a position among Europe’s top symphonic ensembles. Renowned for its versatility, the orchestra annually presents a broad concert program ranging from classical to contemporary, film music, jazz, and musical theatre. It also organizes the annual summer Prague Proms Festival.
Composers, conductors, and performers such as Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, James Morrison, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, José Carreras, Danny Elfman, Carl Davis, Steven Mercurio, Marcello Rota, and Vladimir Cosma repeatedly return to Prague to either record with the orchestra or to perform on its home concert stage, the beautiful Smetana Hall. Recent highlights include a European tour with the legendary Ennio Morricone and a Prague concert with soprano Anna Netrebko. In the studio, the orchestra has worked on recordings for Plácido Domingo and for Ennio Morricone’s Oscar-winning score to director Quentin Tarantino’s film The Hateful Eight. The CNSO has renewed its long-time cooperation with Andrea Bocelli and has partnered with some of the most important pop artists such as Sting, George Michael, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Angélique Kidjo, and Ute Lemper.
An active touring ensemble, The orchestra has performed in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain, Dubai, Japan, Mexico, China, Korea, Oman, Australia, and New Zealand.
The CNSO is represented worldwide by IMG Artists London.
The CNSO was established in 1993 by trumpet player Jan Hasenöhrl with legendary conductor Zdenek Košler. Its Chief Conductor is Libor Pešek.