MusicAeterna was founded in 2004 in Novosibirsk by Teodor Currentzis and has been the resident orchestra at Perm Opera since 2011. The orchestra gives regular performances of opera, ballet and symphonic music in Perm, and tours widely in Russia and abroad: Moscow, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Vienna, Paris, London, Berlin, Hamburg, Baden-Baden, Munich, Manheim, Dortmund, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Helsinki, Brussels.
The repertoire of the orchestra embraces different styles and historical periods, from baroque to world premieres of contemporary works commissioned by Teodor Currentzis.
MusicAeterna has an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical. Releases since 2012 include: Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (released in February 2014, received the German Record Critics' Award 'Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik' and the ECHO Klassik “Best record of the year”), Cosi fan tutte (released also in 2014, named Best record of the year by Opernwelt in 2015) and Don Giovanni. The orchestra has also recorded Rameau: The Sound of Light (2014), Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (2015, ECHO Klassik award in 2016 for the Best record of the year: symphonic music XX—XXI»), Les Noces (2016), Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 (soloist — Patricia Kopatchinskaja, 2016) and Symphony No. 6 Pathetique’, (2017), which was awarded a Diapason d’Or Arte.
MusicAeterna is regularly invited to perform at leading interational festivals: the RUHRtriennale, the Klara Festival (Bruxelles), Aix-en-Provence, the Golden Mask Festival (Moscow), and the Diaghilev festival (Perm), and Salzburg Festival.
MusicAeterna’s debut at the Salzburg festival took place in 2017 with Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, directed by Peter Sellars, and wiyth performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Berg’s Violin Concerto. The orchestra will return to Salzburg to present the full cycle of Beethoven’s 9 symphonies in 2018, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in 2020 (directed by Romeo Castellucci), Bach’s B minor mass in 2021 (directed by Peter Sellars).