Filharmonie Brno has an illustrious history of music making. Its beginnings dating back to the 1870s when its first predecessor an amateur Czech Symphony Orchestra was established under the auspices of Leoš Janáček and housed in the purpose-built Besední dům, the present orchestra’s magnificent home. Formed in 1956 after the merger of the Radio Orchestra and the Brno Region Symphony Orchestra, Filharmonie Brno has been regarded as one of the best orchestras in this country.
In Brno the orchestra gives about 40 concerts in the pleasant ambience and excellent acoustic of Besední dům, as well as presenting regular concert series in Stadion Kounicova (while Janáček Opera House is in reconstruction). In addition, the orchestra performs frequently throughout the Czech Republic, making regular appearances at prestigious Czech festivals such as the Prague Spring (a festival which the orchestra were honoured to open in 2008). Filharmonie Brno made its first foreign tour in 1956 and since then has given well over 700 concerts throughout Europe, USA and the Far East.