Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Reduta, Bratislava

Reduta Concert Hall (photo by Tim Doling)
Koncertná sieň Slovenskej filharmónie, Reduta, Bratislava
Contact: Professor Marian Lapšanský (f) Director General
Palackého 2, 816 01 Bratislava, Slovakia
Mailing address: 
Slovenská filharmónia, Medená 3, 816 01 Bratislava, Slovakia
421 (0) 2 2047 5218
421 (0) 2 2047 5256

One of Bratislava’s most important cultural buildings, the Reduta was originally built in 1773 as a granary. It was purchased by the city in 1901 to be turned into a ‘palace of culture’. The original design called for an imitation of the Vienna Reduta, but an alternative plan was developed, and construction finally began in 1911. From 1913-1919 its facade was renovated to replicate a mixture of neo-Baroque, Rococo, and Art Nouveau styles, in an apparent attempt to evoke the period of Empress Maria Theresa. Thereafter it served as the seat of several prominent business and cultural institutions, the enjoyable atmosphere of its concerts, variety shows, cinema and restaurants making it a focal point for anyone who craved entertainment, especially dance evenings, which were known as ‘five o’clock tea parties.’ From 1916 concert performances were organised in the main 700-seat auditorium by the Bratislava Concert Association. Since the early 1950s the Reduta has been home to the Slovak Philharmonic.

For details of the various performing groups within the Slovak Philharmonic see Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Choir and Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra.

MUSIC FORUM v. o. s. is located on the ground floor of the building, either side of the main entrance.

Important note: At the present time is Reduta building under reconstruction. While reconstruction of the Reduta building in Bratislava will be in progress, the Slovak Philharmonic will temporarily be housed in the historic building of the Slovak National Theatre.