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The State Hermitage Orchestra was founded in 1989 by the famous conductor, Peoples Artist of USSR, States Prizes winner, Professor Saulius Sondeckis. The first members of St. Petersburg Camerata, then the youngest professional company of the country, were students of the Leningrad Conservatoire. On 14th February 1994 the orchestra took the title of State Hermitage Orchestra.

The company has performed about 1200 concerts and recorded more than 30 CDs, including those on Sony Classical label. It has performed in the best domestic and foreign halls together with such prominent musicians as Yehudy Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Maxim Schostakovich, Vladimir Minin, Daniil Shafran, Nathalie Gutman, Ivan Monigetti, Vladimir Krainev, Valerii Afanasiev, Igor Oistrakh, Victor Tretiakov, Grigory Zhislin, Catia Ricciarelli, Dmitry Khvorostovsky, Lubov Kazarnovskaya, Nicolai Gedda and Barbara Bonney. The orchestra works with conductors from Great Britain, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and Japan. The orchestra participated in the opening of the Hermitage exhibitions in various cities of Russia, and has toured many countries throughout the world.