(c) Josh Cirtina

This month the Orchestra embarked on a tour to Europe with Music Director Vasily Petrenko, spanning Slovakia, Croatia, Poland, Lithuania and Greece. Joined by soloists Simon Trpčeski, Sergei Krylov and Anastasiya Petryshak, the Orchestra perfomed music by Beethoven, Sibelius, Bruch, Prokofiev, Wagner and Grieg. Read on to see photos from the RPO's trip!

Bratislava and Zagreb

The tour opened with a concert in the Reduta Bratislava in Slovakia, the home of the Slovak Philharmonic, with Prokofiev's Symphony No.1, Grieg's Piano Concerto and Sibelius Symphony No.2. Simon Trpčeski returned to play with the Orchestra after having performed for the opening concert of our Journeys of DIscovery series on Sunday 2 October at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.

Bratislava Slovak Philharmonic

(c) Sali-Wyn Ryan

The next stop was the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Croatia.


 (c) Josh Cirtina


The first of three concerts in Poland was in Wrocław's National Forum of Music, before we were joined by violinist Sergej Krylov in Krakow and Anastasiya Petryshak in Bielsko-Biala.

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In the ICE Krakow Congress Centre the RPO closed out the city's ICE Classic concert series with Bruch's Violin Concerto and Sibelius' Symphony No.2.

Sali exterioir

(c) Sali-Wyn Ryan

Krakow Josh Cirtina

(c) Josh Cirtina

In the southern city of Bielsko-Biala we were joined by Ukrainian violinist Anastasiya Petryshak in the Cavatina Hall, who played the Bruch Violin Concerto. 

Richard Ion

(c) Richard Ion


First Violins Shana Douglas, Esther Kim and Eriko Nagayama (L-R)

 Anastasiya Instagram

Lithuania and Greece

The Orchestra then touched down in Kaunas, Lithuania on Wednesday 12 October to perform in the Zalgiris Arena alongside the Kaunas State Choir for Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with Simon Trpčeski.

Sali Kaunas

(c) Sali-Wyn Ryan

Kaunas native and RPO Viola Ugne Tiškutė was glad to be back on native soil!

 Esther Kim First violins

The RPO First Violins

Sali Second Violins Kaunas

The RPO Second Violins

 Our final stop was Thessaloniki, Greece, in the Megaron Moussikis concert hall. 

Truck Greece Sali

We made sure that the RPO truck got some fresh sea air.

Megaron Thessaloniki Sali

Second Violins Manuel Porta and Peter Graham

 Thessaloniki Concert Hall Sali


The RPO Viola section.

Cellos Thessaloniki

The Cello section

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The Double Basses

Brass Thessaloniki

The trumpets, trombones, bass trombone and tuba in the Brass section


The Woodwind

Percussion Stefan Beckett

Percussionist Stefan Beckett

 Find out more about our Journeys of Discovery series with Music Director Vasily Petrenko.

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