A group of young musicians brought together by Gintaras Rinkevičius in 1988 gave its first concert on the 30th of January of 1989. The orchestra, which entered the country’s cultural stage which brought a vital energy, original programs and impressive performance, was granted the name of the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. For its tenth anniversary on 30 January 1999 orchestra held its first concert in a new concert hall with a seating capacity of a thousand – the Vilnius Congress Concert Hall, which is the largest academic concert hall in the capital city.
The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra has already formed its traditions: the concerts given on its birthday, the beginning and end of the seasons have become great events not only for the orchestra but also impressive symphony music evenings for all the listeners. The performances are warmly met by the public and critics alike. Every season the orchestra performs new compositions which cause a great stir: the most outstanding world music, large vocal‐symphonic compositions and instrumental concertos. It has played many premieres of music by Lithuanian composers. The performance of all Mahler’s and Beethoven’s symphonies has become an exceptional event in the orchestra’s musical life.