With Barbara Hendricks at Prague Castle

Curriculum: THE PRAGUE SINFONIA of the Velvet Revolution

During the celebrations of the Czech National Day, former President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel became the orchestra's Honorary President in a gala concert at the Czech National House in New York City with Christian Benda conducting.

"I am happy to have around me Christian Benda and his musicians who are developing their art in favor of the humanistic ideas I defend."
Václav Havel

The orchestra was born as an expanded version of the Prague Chamber Orchestra during their 16th tour in North America, after having collaborated over 10 years with Christian Benda, chief conductor and artistic director of the Prague Sinfonia.

The musicians enjoy wide international esteem. Their impressive performance has left a distinguished mark on the international concert scene. They have been on sixteen extensive tours in the United States and Canada through Columbia Artists New York, and on six tours to Latin America and Japan. Recently they toured with great acclaim South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. Frequent guest appearances in Europe include festivals such as Salzburg, Bregenz, Berlin, Dresden, Schwetzingen, the Mozartfest in Würzburg, the Rheingau Festival, Konstanz, Athens, Bergen,  Besançon, Baalbek, Biarritz, San Sebastian, Santander, Luzern, Montreux, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Ascona, Dubrovnik, Stresa, Cheltenham.

The Czech audience can hear them in their concert series held in the large hall of the Rudolfinum (Dvorák Hall) and as regular guest at the two major Czech music festivals, the Prague Spring and the Prague Autumn.

They have made many recordings for labels like EMI, Decca, Sony Classics, Naxos, Polydor, Nippon Columbia, Denon, BMG, Telarc, Ariola, Eurodisc, Supraphon, and their extensive discography boasts a number of prestigious prizes such as the Wiener Flötenuhr, twice the Grand Prix du Disque Académie Charles Cros, and, after  having sold  one million records, the Golden Disc Award.

The musicians have cooperated with conductors such as Václav Neumann, Gerd Albrecht, Sir Charles Mackerras, recording with him Mozart's symphonies. With Christian Benda, a descendant of the composers so much appreciated by J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart, their interpretation has been chosen for the recent "In Search of Mozart" film appeared during the Mozart Year. After having published their first 10 common CDs, they have, with him, a long-term recording project.

Among the soloists with whom they played we find Paul Badura-Skoda, Arturo Benedetti-Michelangeli, Rudolf Buchbinder, Menahim Pressler, Christian Zacharias, Christophe Eschenbach, Friedrich Gulda, Zuzana Ruzicková, Heinz Holliger, Salvatore Accardo, Josef Suk, Maxim Vengerov, Uto Ughi, Barbara Hendricks, Heinrich Schiff, Boris Pergamenschikow, Antonio Meneses, Anthony Pay, Paul Meyer, Guy Touvron, Sergei Nakariakov, or The Beaux Arts Trio.