The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage was established in 2013 and is comprised of musicians from leading ensembles of the country. The Orchestra soloists are graduates of metropolitan conservatories, award-winners at prestigious international competitions. The Orchestra repertoire features Russian and foreign classical music, including works by J. Haydn, L. Beethoven, W.A. Mozart, P. Tchaikovsky, N. Rimsky-Korsakov, A. Borodin, M. Mussorgsky, S. Rachmaninoff, A. Skryabin, I. Stravinsky. S. Prokofiev, D. Shostakovich, R. Strauss and other composers.
The Orchestra members have taken part in many large-scale projects, such as: The International Mariinsky Far East Festival, the Moscow Easter Festival, The “Tchaikovsky – 175” Festival (May - June 2015), The “Tchaikovsky Marathon” Festival (at which during one evening musicians played all concertos for piano and orchestra by the great Russian composer), the Rachmaninoff Festival (all the composer’s concertos were performed within two evenings), the “Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fifteen Symphonies” Festival (all the composer’s symphonies were performed at nine concerts), the Prokofiev Marathon (five Prokofiev’s piano concertos were played in one evening). and the Beethoven Marathon (featuring all the composer’s instrumental concertos).
Among major Russian and international performers that have played with the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage on various occasions are: conductors - Valery Gergiev, Darrell Ang (Singapore), Yuta Shimizu (Japan), Nicolas Kruger (France); pianists - Denis Matsuev, Boris Berezovsky, Ekaterina Mechetina, Alexei Volodin, Sergei Redkin, Dmitry Masleev, Miroslav Kultyshev, George Li (USA), Uta Shimizu (Japan), Nicolas Kruger (France), Seong-Jin Cho (South Korea); violinists - Leonidas Kavakos (Greece), Nigel Armstrong (USA), Pavel Milyukov, Sergei Dogadin; cellists - Sergei Roldugin, Alexander Ramm and many others.
The Theatre’s Symphony Orchestra performs both in Russian cities and abroad. Its most notable performances include concerts at the Great Concert Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory and the Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, The Brucknerhaus (Linz, Austria), as well as the Buryat Philharmonic Hall (Ulan-Ude). In November 2016, the ensemble participated in the tour of the Mariinsky Ballet Company in Guangzhou and Tianjin (The People’s Republic of China).
The Orchestra is actively involved in charitable and educational activities, regularly giving concerts in the Primorsky Krai, as well as performing in other Far Eastern cities of Russia. In 2016, the Orchestra gave free concerts at the Far Eastern Federal University and the Ussuriysk House of Officers, and in 2017 - in the Knyaze-Volkonsky Garrison (Khabarovsk Region).
The Orchestra musicians regularly participate in chamber programmes, perform as soloists and give master-classes.