Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

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Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Native nameSymphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Short nameBRSO
Founded1949;73 years ago (1949)
Location Munich, Germany
Concert hallPhilharmonie, Gasteig Cultural Centre
Herkulessaal, Munich Residenz
Principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle

The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (German : Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, BRSO) is a German radio orchestra. Based in Munich, Germany, it is one of the city's four orchestras. The BRSO is one of two full-size symphony orchestras operated under the auspices of Bayerischer Rundfunk, or Bavarian Broadcasting (BR). Its primary concert venues are the Philharmonie of the Gasteig Cultural Centre and the Herkulessaal in the Munich Residenz.


The orchestra was founded in 1949, with members of an earlier radio orchestra in Munich as the core personnel. Eugen Jochum was the orchestra's first chief conductor, from 1949 until 1960. Subsequent chief conductors have included Rafael Kubelík, Sir Colin Davis and Lorin Maazel. The orchestra's most recent chief conductor was Mariss Jansons, from 2003 until his death in 2019. [1] Jansons regularly campaigned for a new concert hall during his tenure. [2]

In 2010, Sir Simon Rattle first guest-conducted the BRSO. In January 2021, the BRSO announced the appointment of Rattle as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2023–2024 season, with an initial contract of 5 years. [3]

The orchestra participates in the "Musica Viva" concerts, founded by the composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann, to this day. [4]

The orchestra has recorded for a number of commercial labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, [5] RCA, and EMI. [6] [7] The orchestra received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for its recording of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony. The orchestra has recently begun to produce recordings under its own BR-Klassik label. [8]

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  3. "Sir Simon appointed Chief Conductor" (Press release). Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
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  8. Andrew Clements (4 April 2013). "Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No 9; A Hero's Song – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2013.

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