With the 2023/24 season, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra will welcome its new Chief Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. As the sixth Chief Conductor in a line of distinguished orchestra leaders following Eugen Jochum, Rafael Kubelik, Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel and Mariss Jansons, who passed away on December 1, 2019. A new era will begin in 2023/24, when Sir Simon Rattle will take up his position as the next chief conductor of the BRSO.
The BRSO developed into an internationally renowned orchestra soon after its founding in 1949. In addition to interpretations of the classical-romantic repertoire, the orchestra’s central concerns from the outset included the cultivation of contemporary music within the framework of musica viva, founded by Karl Amadeus Hartmann in 1945.
Since its beginnings, many renowned guest conductors such as Erich and Carlos Kleiber, Otto Klemperer, Leonard Bernstein, Günter Wand, Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Kurt Sanderling and Wolfgang Sawallisch have left their mark on the symphony orchestra. Today, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Harding and Andris Nelsons are important partners.
Tours take the orchestra regularly throughout Europe, to Asia, and to North and South America. Japanese music critics named the BRSO’s concerts under the direction of Zubin Mehta the No. 1 best concerts in 2018.
Its numerous CD recordings continue to win national and international awards. In 2006, the BRSO was honored with a “Grammy” for its recording of Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony.
Most recently, in October 2020, the it received the “OPUS 2020” in the category World Recording of the Year for the recording of Symphony No. 1 “Tu Solus” by Heinz Winbeck under the baton of Muhai Tang, as well as the “Diapason d’or” in December of the same year for the CD “Vol. 36” of musica viva Edition with two orchestral works by Enno Poppe.
In an orchestra ranking by “Gramophone” magazine, for which internationally renowned music critics were asked about “The world’s greatest orchestras,” the BRSO came in sixth place.