Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Entering its 28th season in 2020, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra has earned a position as one of the top symphonic ensembles both in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe. Renowned for its versatility, the orchestra annually presents a broad program ranging from classical music concerts to contemporary genres, film scores, jazz and musicals. The ensemble holds its subscription concerts at the Smetana Hall of historical Municipal House in Prague. As a frequent touring orchestra, the CNSO has made successful tours in the United States, Germany, England, Canada, France, Spain, Dubai, Japan, Mexico, China, Korea, Oman, Australia, and New Zealand.
Since 2005, the CNSO has been the organizer of the summer Prague Proms Festival which presents many of the world's leading performers.
The orchestra is a recipient of the Gustav Mahler Prize for its interpretation of Mahler’s works, and also produced numerous Gold CDs. Other achievements include the prestigious worldwide representation contract with IMG Artists London, as well as Columbia Artists New York.
The Czech National Symphony Orchestra was established in 1993 by the trumpet player Jan Hasenöhrl alongside with the legendary conductor Zdeněk Košler. The past music directors include Zdeněk Košler (1993-1996), Paul Freeman(1996-2006), and Libor Pešek (2006-2019). American conductor Steven Mercurio was named the new director in the 2019-2020 season.