The SLOVAK SINFONIETTA was founded in 1974
as the "Státny Komorny Orchester Zilina,"
the only "Mozart-style" orchestra in Slovakia.
Since then the orchestra has attained a prominent
position in the rich central European musical life
of its homeland area, as well as considerable international
Besides many concerts in the Czech and Slovak Republics,
the SLOVAK SINFONIETTA has had highly acclaimed
success abroad, being featured in the major concert
halls of Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Finland,
Belgium, Great Britain, Sweden, the former Soviet
Union, Bulgaria, Poland, Japan and Tunisia. Its U.S.
debut tour in 1993, including concerts in Chicago,
New York and Cleveland, was an overwhelming success.
The orchestra has taken part in such important international
festivals as the Salzburg Festival (resident orchestra
already in 1977), the Vienna (Festwochen) and Haydn
(Tage) Festivals of Vienna (where it is the only regularly
featured orchestra along with the Vienna and Berlin
Philharmonics), Sofia's Musical Weeks, Festa Musica
Pro Mundo Uno in Assisi, Festival de Olite in Spain,
Festival de Bonaguil in France, Prague Spring, Music
in Old Krakow, Bratislava Musical Festival and many
The Sinfonietta has played at such prestigious international
venues as the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna,
the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, the Komische Oper
Berlin, St. Francis' Cathedral in Assist, the Palau
de la Musica in Barcelona, and the Great Concert Hall
of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic among others. The
orchestra has given over 1200 concerts throughout
The mid-sized symphony (c. 35-50 musicians) boasts
an extensive repertoire from all periods of musical
history [obviously excluding the mammoth works of
the late Romantic], often placing emphasis on the
intensely rich Slavic music of its cultural heritage.
The orchestra also occasionally performs non-traditional
programs, mostly for young audiences, highlighting
jazz and popular music.
The SLOVAK SINFONIETTA OF ZILINA's many recordings
include works of Vivaldi, Telemann, Rossini, Mozart,
Haydn, Beethoven, Respighi, Hummel, Dvorák,
Martinu, and other Czech and Slovak composers.