The Symphony Orchestra of India

In August 2006, the National Centre for the Performing Arts formed The Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI), the country's first fully professional symphony orchestra, offering two seasons of western classical music concerts each year, in September and February, in Mumbai. The result of an on-going collaboration between the NCPA and the internationally acclaimed Kazakh violinist, Marat Bisengaliev, who serves as the orchestra's Music Director, the SOI has now become India's foremost western classical music ensemble. Players are recruited from an international field, but the orchestra places a great emphasis on developing musical potential within India itself. To date, there are 16 Indian players (Indian musicians and persons of Indian origin) representing the finest local talent and providing a solid foundation for the future of orchestral playing in this country. The SOI also has teachers in residence who train and nurture young talent.

The orchestra has also begun to tour nationally and to take music into communities in order to enthuse new and young audiences around India.

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In 2006, NCPA Chairman Khushroo N Suntook and the internationally acclaimed Kazakh violinist, Marat Bisengaliev founded India’s first fully professional orchestra — The Symphony Orchestra of India. Housed at the NCPA, Mumbai, the SOI has so far delivered nine successful seasons featuring a very wide repertoire.

The Orchestra has worked with internationally renowned soloists, including Michael Collins, Raphael Wallfisch, John Lenehan and Andrei Gavrilov. It has also collaborated with eminent conductors including Adrian Leaper and Alexander Annisimov. The SOI has performed great masterworks including Strauss’ Don Juan, Stravinski’s Firebird Suite, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mahler’s 4th Symphony showcasing the virtuosity of the Orchestra. The NCPA and the SOI have also presented large-scale productions including Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, his Tosca and Karl Jenkins’s Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary.

There are a growing number of Indian players (16 Indians so far) representing the finest local talent and providing a solid foundation for the future of orchestral playing in this country. We have recently expanded our search for talent to include players from Kolkata and Darjeeling, adding to our already diverse group of performers from Goa, Mumbai and Kerala. We are proud that the SOI is taking on a truly national spirit. The NCPA, honouring it commitment to promote the education of the arts, is providing teachers for its extremely successful Suzuki Method of violin playing. The method, which has already transformed the international musical landscape, particularly of Japan, South Korea, North Korea and China, allows very young children to master string instrument technique.

Besides presenting orchestral and chamber music concerts, the SOI also performs as a prestigious accompanying ensemble for soloists as well as for ballets, operas and musicals. It will also offer its services internationally as a resource for making recordings.

Orchestra Orchestra Orchestra Orchestra
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Harp
Flute, Piccolo, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, E-Flat Clarinet, Bassoon
Horns, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
Timpani, Percussion, Piano