The Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra was established from the Radio Orchestra in 1954 and it quickly became distinguished Philharmonic orchestra. In the course of time the orchestra spread from original 36 players to one hundred members playing at high technical level.
In 1958 the orchestra took part in its first artistic tour to Poland and as of date it has repeatedly visited not only many European states but also South Korea, where the orchestra played and plays in concerts in large cultural and musical centres and at significant festivals.
Artistic profile of the orchestra is typical of rich sound, music language, Slavonic temperament, soft bows and the whole vividness and colourfulness of sound, has been constantly formed by its artistic leaders, but also by the best Czech conductors - in the past Karel Ančerl a Jaroslav Vogel and at present - Václav Neuman, Libor Pešek, Jiří Bělohrádek a Martin Turnovský and foreign guests: Charles Mackeras, Arvid Jansons, Roberto Benzi, Serge Baudo, Ino Savini, Helmut Rilling, Vladimír Fedosejev, Franz Konwitschny and others.
The list of visiting solo players is imposing: Ivan Moravec, Josef Suk, Václav Hudeček, Ivan Ženatý, Lazar Berman, Viktoria Jagling, Franco Gulli, A. Navara, J. Starker, Igor Oistrach, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Barbara Hendrix, Eva Urbanová, Monserrar Caballé , Simon Estes, Eugen Indjič and others.
The Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra is accurate to its name, the orchestra regularly provides Janáček`s work at home and also abroad, its repertoire is very large and it consists not only of Czech and Slavonic music but also in a wide range of symphonic music, opera, operetta and symphonic jazz. It is shown by CD Recordings (especially for American company CENTAUR) that contains compositions of Max Reger and others composers.