Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1835 as a seasonal spa orchestra and later transformed into a permanent symphony orchestra with many activities and versatile repertoire. In 1894, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra premiered Dvořák´s New World Symphony. In 1911 - 1941, conductor Robert Manzer raised the orchestra to a remarkable artistic level and made contacts with important personalities of European music (i.e. P. Casals and R. Strauss.)
Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra performs regularly in Czech Republic (Prague Spring Festival) and abroad. Apart from symphonic programes, the orchetra plays on opera festivals (Oviedo), ballet soirees (Bregenz), international competitions (Zaragoza), and cantata concerts (Antverps, Bonn, Karlsruhe, etc.).
With Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra have collaborated renowned conductors, such as Jiří Bělohlávek, Dean Dixon, Aram Khachaturjan, Zdeněk Košler, Charles Mackerras, Libor Pešek, pianists Emil Gilels, Ivan Moravec, violinists David Oistrach, Gidon Kremer and Josef Suk, violoncellist Mstislav Rostropovich, harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková, opera soloists Magdaléna Hajossyová and Eva Urbanová, to name just a few.