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World Orchestra for Peace

The World Orchestra for Peace was founded in 1995 by Sir Georg Solti to reaffirm, in his words, “the unique strength of music as an ambassador for peace”. Its players, many of them internationally famous in their own right, come from over forty orchestras worldwide and they tour with the World Orchestra for Peace without payment, solely to promote the spirit that animates this initiative. Currently under Maestro Valery Gergiev, Director of the Mariinsky Theater, the World Orchestra for Peace has performed, with support from Fondazione Zegna, in St. Petersburg, London, Moscow, Berlin and Beijing, among other places.



The Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg is one of the most famous opera, ballet and music centers in the world, as well as being one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia. The theater and its ballet and singing schools date from the period of Peter the Great, in the 18th century.

Zegna group was already engaged in the world of music when the Zegna foundation was formed and has always felt it has a mission to communicate the power of music both as a universal language and a messenger of peace.

Since 1997, the Zegna family has enjoyed ongoing relations with eminent artists close to the Mariinsky Theater, artists who have joined Zegna’s numerous group of international ambassadors for music, and has promoted various projects with them.