The Kaliningrad Philharmonic is housed today in the former building of the Holy Family Catholic Church. The Church was constructed in 1907 under a project of distinguished German architect Friedrich Heitmann. In 1980, it undergone reconstruction, and on 22 August 1980 a ceremonial opening of The Kaliningrad Philharmonic took place in the building. The Philharmonic building — this beautiful creative product of architectural thought is designed in the Gothic Revival mode; many decorating techniques were also applied: lierne vaults with ribs, sacristies and numerous columns give the Church a gothic flavour.
There are a number of regular music festivals that will undoubtedly bring joy to organ and classical music lovers! Starting from 2000 the international festival “Bahosluzhenie” is held annually in Kaliningrad Region with the support of the Consulate General of Lithuania, Poland, Germany, and Sweden. The idea of its hosting belongs to Harry Grodberg, a famous organist and interpreter of Bach's works. The second well-known festival — “Yantarnoye Ozherelie” (“Amber Necklace”) that is held annually in spring or at the beginning of summer. The festival goal is to know new classical music genres. Regular guests of the festival – orchestras and choirs from Europe and the USA.
A special event hosted in The Philharmonic is the Mikael Tariverdiev Organ Competition. This competition is the only contest of this kind in Russia. It took place first in 1999 and is held now every two years. It is in great popularity with organists from every corner of the globe and incredibly enriches The Philharmonic! Winner of the first competition Jean-Pierre Stayvers (The Netherlands) and diploma winner Hiroko Inoue (Japan) became full-time principal organists of The Philharmonic.
The Philharmonic also hosts and other festivals and competitions such as the International Jazz Festival, International Festival of Arts “Russkaya Muzyka na Baltike” (“Russian Music in the Baltic Sea Region”). The Philharmonic’s doors are open to all lovers of classical, but not limited to, music!
The opening hours and event schedule are available on the Philharmonic’s website.
The Philharmonic’s address: 61A Bohdan Khmelnytsky Street. This street can be reached from Pobedy Square by taking the buses No.:
1, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29, 3, 30, 3, 44, 7, 9
You will need to pass 4 bus stops towards the Yuzhny Bus Station and then to walk along Bohdan Khmelnytsky Street.
Will be executed Kaliningrad Philharmonic in 2017