No Borders Orchestra is a symphony orchestra comprised of excellent professional musicians from the Western Balkans. It grew out of the desire to create a regional cross-border symphony orchestra, one that delivers the highest artistic quality and calls for a new kind of communication. The NBO project rests on two main foundations: music and society. All NBO performances successfully balance musical excellence with a comprehensive awareness of society.
Established in 2012 both in Belgrade and in Berlin, NBO is a non-governmental organization whose goal is to initiate positive social development through the power of reconciliation and creative collaboration. By seeking ways to deconstruct and transform communities, by advocating positive change and by engaging societies to become more inclusive, intercultural, democratic and open, NBO serves as a platform for overcoming nationalism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia and the bloody legacy of the past in the Western Balkan region and beyond.
The founder and artistic director of NBO is Belgrade born, Berlin based conductor Premil Petrovic.
NBO asks the question: “What is the artistic and social significance of a symphony orchestra in the twenty-first century?” Its activity so far offer some possible answers.
NBO has had an active first nine years: numerous concerts at the leading festivals in the Balkan region, as well as touring and receiving rave reviews at Wiener Festwochen in Vienna, Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Festival d`Automne in Paris, Operadagen in Rotterdam, Festival de Marseille, Brisbane Festival, Festival in Gwangju, Macao Arts Festival as well as in Barbican in London, Kampnagel in Hamburg, Radialsystem and Berghain in Berlin, Megaron in Athens, Lisbon, Toulouse, Strasbourg etc.
NBO has signed an exclusive recording agreement with Universal Music with the first album “The Opening” being released under the Deutsche Grammophon brand in March 2015.
In 2018, NBO kicked off its annual tour The Balkan Season, bringing its music and its message throughout the Western Balkans and Europe.