The Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, with its predecessors Academia Philharmonicorum (1701), the Philharmonic Society (1794) and the first Slovenian Philharmonic (1908–1913), proudly takes its place among the oldest orchestras in the world.
Since its establishment in 1947, the orchestra has been led by internationally renowned conductors, including Bogo Leskovic, Samo Hubad, Lovro von Matačić, Oskar Danon, Uroš Lajovic, Milan Horvat, Marko Letonja, George Pehlivanian, Emmanuel Villaume and Keri-Lynn Wilson.
The Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra has for many years been presenting concerts in Ljubljana within the framework of the Subscriptions Series.
Its greatest international successes in recent seasons include a major European tour with the celebrated soprano Anna Netrebko, an appearance with Bryn Terfel at the Royal Opera House in Muscat (Oman), a performance at the Mahler Festival in Krakow, and appearances with Mischa Maisky in Slovenia, Germany and the Netherlands.
In the last three years, the orchestra has performed twice in China, in 2018 it enjoyed successful return to the Wiener Konzerthaus, and in April 2019 it performed at the Zagreb Music Biennale with the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir.
The concert activities of the orchestra have been documented on more than 80 CDs.