The SLOVAK SINFONIETTA ŽILINA (The State Chamber Orchestra Žilina) is one of the best known professional orchestras in Eastern Europe and holds a very important position in the Slovak musical life.
It was founded in 1974 as the only “Classical period” chamber orchestra in Slovakia. Since then the orchestra has attained a prominent position in both the Slovak and Czech Republics, as well as it has achieved a considerable international reputation.
Its 34 members are graduates of the major Czech and Slovak music academies and many of them are winners of international competitions and active both as soloists and chamber musicians. The quality of the players together with the experience and musicianship of the founding music director and conductor Eduard Fischer (1930-1993) brought about the quick artistic growth of the orchestra. Following chief conductors were Jan Valta, Leoš Svárovský and Oliver von Dohnányi. Simon Chalk was appointed the Chief Conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina in September 2015.
We welcome the reurn of the orchestra to the Festival with a progrmme which commences with the Festival Overture of the Levoca-educated composer, Jan Levoslav Bella.