Soon after its founding in 1896, the Czech Philharmonic became the most noteworthy orchestra in the country – even as soon as before the First World War the orchestra had built a considerable reputation for itself in concert halls across Europe. Over the course of its 117 year history, the orchestra has fostered numerous significant personalities among its ranks. The Czech Philharmonic has always represented genuine artistic merit, and its tradition and success has uplifted it to a fundamental symbol of Czech culture. Askonas Holt has recently toured the Czech Philharmonic at the BBC Proms in 2010 and Melbourne Arts Centre in September 2012. The reunion of Jiří Bělohlávek as Chief Conductor will build on the orchestra's already excellent reputation.