Lviv Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra has already existed for more than two centuries and is associated with such famous names as Josef Elsner, Johann Mederich Gallus, Franz Xaver Mozart, Karol Lipinski, Joseph Bashni, Karol Mikula, Mieczyslaw and Adam Soltys, Ludwik Czelianski, Henryk Yarecki, Henryk Melcer-Szczawinski. In the early twentieth century the orchestra was led by such guest conductors as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Ruggero Leoncavallo.
In 1933 the orchestra became incorporated as the Philharmonic Orchestra which it remains today. Besides Adam Soltys, it was conducted by Jacob Mund, Jerzy Kolaczkovski, Stefan Sliedzinski as well as Kazimierz Wilkomirski, Tadeusz Mazurkiewicz, Hermann Scherchen, Ignaz Neumark, Jascha Horenstein, Grzegorz Fitelberg. In December 1939 the new Soviet government “established” Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Isaac Pain and Mykola Kolessa) attached to the Regional Radio Committee in Lviv, after the war orchestra resumed its work.
D.Pelehatyy, Yu.Lutsiv, R. Fylypchuk, J. Kolessa, I. Yuzyuk were regular conductors of the orchestra during different periods, also the orchestra collaborated with G.Rozhdestvensky, R. Glier, N. Anosov, B. D Astoli, A. Baltis, A. Gauk, L. Ginsburg, B. Dvarionas, V. Dudarova, G. Earl, S. Kamartin, J. Kakhidze, M. Katz, K. Kondrashin, K. Moral, Ye. Mravinsky, G. Octors, M. Pokrovsky, M. Popescu, R. Revakovych, K. Simeonov, V. Syrenko, M. Diadiura, S. Sondeckis, Turchak, M. Jansons, G. Jaskulski, R. Kofman, F. Mansurov, P. Hulke, T. Sanderling.
The orchestra is a regular participant of the international festivals, including the International Musical Festival “Virtuosi”, the International Contemporary Music Festival “Contrasts”, International Festival of conducting performance in memory of Mykola Kolessa, L. van Beethoven evenings, Polish and Ukrainian Paderewski Festival and others. Lviv Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra is one of the largest in Ukraine and is well known far beyond its borders. Today the orchestra successfully tours such European countries as Poland, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. The orchestra performed in Luce theatre (Barcelona), National Royal Philharmonic (Madrid), Palau de La Musica (Barcelona), Auditorium (Barcelona), Valencia Congress Hall (Spain), Victoria Hall in Geneva (Switzerland), Tonhalle in Zurich (Switzerland), Cologne Philharmonic, Kiel Philharmonic, Concert Hall in Bad Homburg (Germany), National Philharmonic (Warsaw). Together with pianist Oksana Rapita was made a CD recording of Stanislaw Lyudkevych and Vasyl Barvinsky compositions.
Іn 2006 Lviv Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra was awarded the “Academic” honorary title. During next six seasons principal conductor and artistic director of the orchestra was Aidar Torybayev.
Since 2013 the chief conductor and artistic director of the Lviv Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra has been Ilya Stupel, a concertmaster is Honored Artist of Ukraine, Liliya Hratylo, a soloist and concertmaster is Oleksandr Bozhyk. The Lviv Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra is an experienced ensemble that preserves the best professional traditions of European music performance and successfully represents Lviv Philharmonic, demonstrating a high level of aesthetic taste and professionalism.