The Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1956 by Arnold Katz who directed it until his death in 2007.
Since 1970, the orchestra has toured throughout Europe, Japan and China. The ensemble has produced many recordings and received numerous awards and honours. Over the years the orchestra has performed under the baton of conductors including Valery Gergiev, Dmitri Kitayenko, Kirill Kondrashin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Maris Jansons and with soloists including Yuri Bashmet, Paata Burchuladze, Maxim Vengerov, Emil Gilels, Natalia Gutman, Bella Davidovich, Oleg Kagan, Leonid Kogan, Alexander Kniazev, Nikolai Lugansky, Mischa Maisky, Denis Matsuev, Yevgeny Nesterenko, David Oistrakh, Mikhail Pletnev, Vadim Repin, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Valery Sokolov, Vladimir Spivakov, Viktor Tretyakov and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
The orchestra featured in concerts marking the 80th anniversary of the Moscow Philharmonic (2001), the tri-centennial of St Petersburg (2003) and the I Moscow Festival of the World’s Symphony Orchestras dedicated to Russia Day (2006). Gintaras Rinkevičius was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the orchestra in 2007, while its Principal Guest Conductors are Thomas Sanderling and Fabio Mastrangelo. Since 2014 the ensemble has been the resident orchestra of the Trans-Siberian Art Festival.