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The Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra was established only days after the liberation of Skopje, the capital of on November 24 th 1944 and after more than six decades remains the only symphonic orchestra in the country.
First conductors of the orchestra were Macedonian composers Todor Skalovski and Trajko Prokopiev and they were succeeded at the conductor stand by a number of established Macedonian and foreign conductors.
During the first years of its existence, the Macedonian Philharmonic was united with other orchestras (Macedonian Radio Orchestra, Macedonian Opera and Ballet orchestra), only to become independent in 1960 since when it is constituted a as an sovereign music institution.
After the disastrous earthquake in Skopje in 1963 the Macedonian Philharmonic embarked on a European tour under the batton of the famous conductor Igor Markevitch which was of extreme significance for the destroyed city and for the solidarity expressed toward the city in need by the people throughout Europe and the world.
Ever since its establishment in 1944, the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra has been one of the strongest advocates of the music life in Macedonia and an ambassador of Macedonian music all over the world.
Compared to other rich and centuries long music traditions of some other nations, the 65 years of existence of the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra can be seen as a short but a very intense and dynamic period for a country full of turbulences such as Macedonia. Hence, the orchestra sees its role of advocating Macedonian musicians and conductors as well as the promotion of Macedonian contemporary music as being of the utmost importance.
Beside regular performances in the country, the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra has had guest performances in the countries of Middle and South America, Belgium , Netherlands , Switzerland , Spain , Italy , France , Poland , former USSR , Romania , Bulgaria , Turkey , Serbia , Croatia , Montenegro etc.
The orchestra has been conducted by a number of foreign conductors among which: Lovro Matacik, Karlo Ceki, Djemail Rasid, Jarmomir Noel, Igor Markevitch, Oskar Danon, and more recently, Tadeus Kozlovski, Vjaceslav Blinov, Pavle Despalj, Ermir Krantja etc), vocal and instrument soloists (Aldo Cikolini, Halina Czerny-Stefanska, Henrich Schering, Leonid Kogan, Andre Navara etc).