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The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the leading orchestras in the UK. Praised as ‘excellent’ by Gramophone Magazine and ‘thoroughly impressive’ by BBC Music Magazine, the Orchestra’s reputation is based on the uncompromising artistic standards of its founder and music director, Marios Papadopoulos, and maintained by some of the finest musicians in the UK.  

Established in 1998, the Orchestra occupies a unique position within the UK orchestral landscape, attracting some of the world’s greatest artists to appear in its series including Maxim Vengerov, Evgeny Kissin, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Martha Argerich, Sir András Schiff, Renée Fleming, Lang Lang & Vladimir Ashkenazy.  

In addition to its annual concert season in Oxford, touring performances across the UK, family concerts, annual Oxford Piano Festival, and Chamber Music Series, the Orchestra is proud to present a growing list of international engagements including its debut at the Tivoli Festival in Copenhagen in June 2019, and an upcoming US debut at Carnegie Hall in June 2022 with violinist Maxim Vengerov. The OPO will also be performing in Munich with pianist Martha Argerich in April 2023, and joined by the Choir of Merton College for Haydn’s Creation in September 2023, at St Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in New York. 

The OPO has been firmly committed to outreach work from its earliest days. Its various projects focus on taking music to areas of social and economic disadvantage, including work in special schools and hospitals. In December 2021, OPO Sub-Principal violinist Jamie Hutchinson was awarded the Salomon Prize, a joint annual award from the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Association of British Orchestras, recognising an orchestral musician who has made ‘a remarkable contribution to the life of their orchestra, its audience and community’. In 2002, the OPO was appointed as the first ever Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford. 

The Oxford Piano Festival was founded in 1999 by Marios Papadopoulos. Each year, the Festival welcomes piano players and pedagogues, experts and enthusiasts to some of Oxford’s most historic venues, such as Sir Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre, the Holywell Music Room, and Christ Church Cathedral. The Festival’s objective is simple: to inspire, support and encourage music-making at the piano of the highest quality. With Alfred Brendel as the Festival’s Patron, Sir András Schiff as President, and Marios Papadopoulos a renowned pianist himself, the bar is set very high in terms of quality and artistic integrity.  


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Telephone number: 01865 980 980  

Images by © Nick Rutter


Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,

Oxford, OX1 3AZ