The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is the country’s leading professional orchestra. Founded in 1946, it has an establishment of 90 players and performs over 100 concerts each year. Touring within New Zealand looms large in the orchestra’s activities. All its main symphonic programmes are presented in Auckland and Wellington and, as well as this, the orchestra visits some 30 New Zealand towns and cities annually. Pietari Inkinen was appointed the NZSO’s Music Director in January 2008.
In October 2010, the NZSO embarked on the most prestigious international tour of its history, performing by invitation in some of Europe's greatest concert halls in Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia and Austria, where it performed at Vienna's hallowed Musikverein. The NZSO opened the tour at the World Trade Expo in Shanghai.
Albion Media managed the orchestra’s European PR for its tour dates in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.