The Munich Philharmonic was founded in 1893, and since then, under the direction of renowned conductors, it has vastly enriched Munich’s musical life. As of the 2015-16 season, the position of chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic is held by Valery Gergiev. Tours have taken the Munich Philharmonic to numerous European cities as well as Japan, China, Korea and the USA. Programme highlights conceived by Valery Gergiev include performances of symphonic cycles by Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and most recently Bruckner as well as new formats, such as the "MPHIL 360°" festival. In September 2016, the first CD recordings were released under the orchestra’s own label, MPHIL. The Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev have just completed the recording of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies in the church of St. Florian abbey. By the 2020/21 season, all of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies will gradually be released. With "Spielfeld Klassik", the Munich Philharmonic has developed a comprehensive music education programme. Under the motto of "MPhil on Site", the Munich Philharmonic also leaves its home base to appear in unusual and varied locations, such as the Hofbräuhaus tavern as well as alpine meadows, clubs and industrial halls. In October 2018 the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev celebrated their 125th anniversary.