The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai is one of the finest cultural institutions of India and also home to India’s first symphony orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI). Committed to bring the best of Western Classical music to India, SOI has started a new era of orchestral music in the country. For a long time, Indian music lovers had been kept away from Western Classical Music, thanks to SOI (founded in 2006) this genre has gained awareness and popularity amongst music lovers in India.
SOI was given birth in 2006 by a music enthusiast named Khushroo Suntook, the chairman of NCPA. He was always inclined towards Western Classical music and used to attend many such concerts outside India. It was during the concert of Marat Bisengaliev, a violin virtuoso, in London that he conceived this idea of founding a professional symphony orchestra of India. After the concert, he presented this idea to Marat and he agreed to be a part of it straight away. And here’s how SOI was born in 2006. Mr. Bisengaliev serves as the Orchestra’s music director and Zane Dalal was appointed as the Associate Music Director.
SOI has been conducting many Orchestra events all over the country with renowned conductors from across the globe. Some of the renowned musicians who have performed for SOI are Evgeny Bushkov, Charles Dutoit, Yuri Simonov, Adrian Leaper, Rafael Payare, Duncan Ward, Johannes Wildner, Augustin Dumay, Karl Jenkins, Lior Shambadal, Mischa Damev, Alexander Anissimov, and Christoph Poppen. Some of the world’s best Soloists like Augustin Dumay, Maria João Pires, Cédric Tiberghien, Simon O’Neill, Barry Douglas, Alina Ibragimova, Angel Blue, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain, Béla Fleck, Lena Neudauer and Tamás Vásáry have also performed with the orchestra. SOI has performed at several premier musical platforms around the world, including at the Columned Hall of Moscow, the Royal Opera House Muscat, and the Emirates Palace Auditorium in Abu Dhabi.
NCPA has always been the home to SOI. Most of their performances are hosted by NCPA in Mumbai. This weekend, the team has returned with another great performance featuring an International cast. Conducted by renowned conductor Carlo Rizzi, the performance is a new take on Giacomo Puccini’s beloved opera La Boheme. Opera lovers in Mumbai, this is a treat you been waiting for.