Founded in 1993 by Vladimir Delman, afterwards the first music director was Riccardo Chailly (1999-2005, then Honorary Director); currently the music director is Xian Zhang (until 2009).
Conductor laureate were: Carlo Maria Giulini (until 2005), Rudolf Bashai (2006-2009).
The repertoire of "La Verdi" ranges from Bach to contemporaries, with particular attention to the authors of '900 (particularly: Mahler & Shostakovich).
The Orchestra has published more than 40 CDs (Decca, Stradivarius, Arts), including the complete symphonies of Shostakovich under the baton of Oleg Caetani.
The Orchestra's main residence is the Auditorium di Milano "Fondazione Cariplo", which is considered one of the best concert halls in Italy.