The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) formed The Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) in August 2006.
l The country’s first fully professional symphony orchestra, offers a series of concerts in Mumbai over the course of two seasons each year, in September and February.
l The orchestra has also begun to tour nationally and to take music into communities in order to attract new and young audiences around India.
l International virtuoso violinist, Marat Bisengaliev, serves as SOI’s Music Director.
l The SOI has worked with internationally renowned soloists, including Michael Collins, Stephen Kovacevich, Tamas Vasary, Raphael Wallfisch, John Lenehan, Andrei Gavrilov and Dmitry Sitkovetsky.
l It has also collaborated with eminent conductors including Karl Jenkins, Adrian Leaper, Johannes Wildner, Evgeny Bushkov and Alexander Anissimov.
l In 2010, the SOI made history as it became India’s first professional orchestra to make an international debut. They played at the World’s Symphony Orchestras in Moscow.
l The SOI is available as an accompanying ensemble for soloists as well as for ballets, operas and musicals. It also offers its services internationally as a resource for recordings.