Belarusian State Philharmonic

The Belarusian State Philharmonic is a musical institution based in Minsk, Belarus. It is the leading Philharmonic in Belarus.

Belarusian Philarmonic
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AddressNezavisimosti 50, Minsk 220005 Belarus
LocationMinsk, Belarus
OpenedApril 25, 1937


The Belarusian State Philharmonic was founded on 25 April 1937. It featured a symphony orchestra, a Belarusian folk instruments ensemble, a dance ensemble, and a choir.[1]

A 930-seat concert hall on Yakub Kolas Square opened its doors in April 1963. In 2004–2005, the hall underwent renovation: the acoustics and lighting were improved. The first concert in the renovated building took place on 26 January 2005. Nowadays, the Philarmonic houses the Great Hall, with 688 seats, and the Small Hall named after R. Shirma, with 200 seats.

On 13 August 2020, following the 2020 presidential election and the brutal crackdown during anti-government rallies by riot police, the Philharmonic employees joined the protests with posters My Voice Was Stolen[2] and a performance of the iconic song Mighty God by Gregory Shirma Choir .[3] The Philharmonic continued the protests by singing Kupalinka,[4] Pahonia by M. Bogdanovich, Break the Prison Walls, and other songs around Minsk: on Yakub Kolas Square, in front of Minsk Tractor Works, at the indoor pavilion of Komarovsky market, at Kupalovskaya metro station, and in the atriums of Capital and Gallery shopping centers.

List of DepartmentsEdit

  • State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus
  • National Academic Folk Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus named after I.Zhinovich
  • State Academic Capella Choir of the Republic of Belarus named after G. Shirma
  • State Chamber Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus
  • State Chamber Choir of the Republic of Belarus
  • Ensemble Classic-Avant-garde
  • Minsk String Quartet
  • Ensemble of soloists under the direction of I. Ivanov
  • Belarusian State Folk Music Ensemble Svyata [5]
  • Ensemble Camerata
  • Folklore group Kupalinka
  • Belarusian Poetic Theater of One Actor Znich [1]
  • Concert and tour department
  • Youth programs


  • Arutyunova Natalia (cymbals)[6]
  • Borovikov Valery (piano)
  • Vishnyakova Tatiana (accompanist, piano)
  • Gildyuk Yuri (piano)
  • Dukhnovskaya Alika (piano)
  • Dushchinskaya Nelly (soprano)
  • Eliseeva Daria (flute)
  • Kotova Natalia (piano)
  • Kukhta Pavel (guitar)
  • Maretsky Nikolay (domra, mandolin)
  • Musicians Alexander (piano)
  • Olovnikov Igor (piano, organ)
  • Pligovka Vladislav (button accordion)
  • Radivilov Vladimir (colloquial genre)
  • Starostenko Kirill (tenor)
  • Dmitry Titov (domra)
  • Shaplyko Artyom (piano)
  • Shumilina Irina (piano)


The original philharmonic hall was built in 1959-1963 under the direction of G. Benedict. In 1983, five-story wings were added on both sides. The main facade is decorated with porticoes featuring six fluted pillars and a triangular pediment. Semicircular bay windows on the side facades open to the staircase foyer with a colonnade. The gypsum facades are finished with block masonry and an impressive cornice.[7] The Greater Hall is designed as an amphitheater; it features an organ created by Czech craftsmen. The interior is decorated with the tapestry Music (1976; by V. Nemtsov, V. Tkachev, A. Yaskin).[7]


1940 - Order of the Red Banner of Labor (for outstanding achievements in the development of Belarusian musical art).

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  1. ^ a b "Филармония". Белорусская государственная филармония. Retrieved 2018-11-11. Check |archive-url= value (help)
  2. ^ "Хор Белорусской филармонии вышел протестовать с плакатами "У меня украли голос". И спел".
  3. ^ "Государственная академическая хоровая капелла им. Ширмы". Известия (in Russian). 2020-08-13. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
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  5. ^ "300 тысяч беларусаў працуюць непоўны працоўны тыдзень". Народная Воля (in Belarusian). 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  6. ^ "Солисты". Белорусская государственная филармония (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  7. ^ a b Кулагін, А. М. (1988). Будынак Беларускай дзяржаўнай філармоніі // Збор помнікаў гісторыі і культуры Беларусі. Мінск. ISBN 5-85700-006-8.