In November 1994, the Narva City Symphony Orchestra was founded on the basis of the instrumental ensemble, which included teachers and graduates of the Narva Music School. The team was headed by Anatoly Schura, a graduate of the Composition Department of the Belarusian State Conservatoire, member of the Union of Composers of Russia, who is still the artistic director and conductor of the orchestra.
The orchestra was conducted by Roman Matsov, Peeter Saul, Jüri Alperten, Endel Nõgene, Aivo Välja, Esa Heikkilä, Czesław Grabowski, Zygmunt Rychert, Valentin Bogdanov.
With the Orchestra soloed such famous musicians as pianists Kalle Randalu, Peeter Laul, Ivari Ilja, Juri Bogdanov, Nina Serjogina, violinists Lev Klychkov, Artjom Shishkov, Michael Foyle, Ilja Kozlov, cellists Aleksei Stadler, Michael Radunsky, Maria Fedotova, Oksana Sinkova, etc. The orchestra collaborates with the soloists of the Estonian National Opera, the Mariinsky Theatre, the Mikhailovsky Theatre, and the Moscow New Opera Theatre.
The team was a member of several international projects – the music festival “Tubin and His Time”, the E. Mravinsky International Music Festival, the Chopin Competition, the Song and Dance Festival “Slavic Wreath”.
The orchestra forms a repertoire of classical masterpieces of the broadest genre spectrum, performing both in small symphony and chamber ensembles. The creative mobility of the orchestra is confirmed by its participation in musical and theatrical projects – the stage version of “The Snowstorm” by A.Pushkin-G.Sviridov, the performance “Rehearsal of the Orchestra” (together with actors of the Estonian Drama Theatre, directed by R. Baskin).
The team toured in Russia, Latvia, Belarus, Finland, Poland, Germany.