RUNDFUNK-SINFONIEORCHESTER BERLIN

PASSING ON THE BATON

“I am happy and proud to succeed Marek Janowski at the RSB, a sound body in illustrious form. I would like to maintain his achievements in my work with this top-class ensemble and at the same time to strive towards fresh heights by extending the repertoire of the RSB still further and communicating with our audiences in innovative ways.” Vladimir Jurowski, designated principal conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, who will take up office in summer 2017, thus indicated the basic direction of his new activities in Berlin during autumn 2015. The Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin adopts an internationally recognized position in the top ranks of German radio ensembles and Berlin's own outstanding orchestras. This is due to the efforts developing the orchestra made by Marek Janowski, its artistic director from 2002 to 2015.

The musicians had offered Marek Janowski the position of principal conductor for life in 2008, but in 2015 he decided to make room for a successor from the younger generation. This successor has been found now in the person of Vladimir Jurowski, one of the most interesting possibilities we could have wished for on the world-wide music scene.
Rejuvenated in its turn, the RSB is well-prepared for this new and exciting epoch in its history. Young top musicians, including an above-average number of women, harmonize ideally with the tried and tested store of talent, and will actively assist in the orchestra's mastering of new challenges ahead.


A VITAL ORGANISM

The RSB belongs to the Rundfunk-Orchester und -Chöre GmbH Berlin, founded in 1994. The roc berlin is upheld by Deutschlandradio (40 %), the Federal Republic of Germany (35 %), the State of Berlin (20 %), and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (5 %) and combines four musical broadcasting bodies from the capital.

Thanks to its close links to Deutschlandradio Kultur in Berlin, Deutschlandfunk Cologne, and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, most of the RSB's orchestral concerts are broadcast on radio. Many can be heard world-wide via the sister stations of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). This collaboration with Deutschlandradio also bears rich fruit on CD. Between 2010 and 2013 the focus was on media utilization of the concertante Wagner cycle together with the Dutch label PENTATONE.
All ten live-recordings appeared by the end of 2013 and met with an immediate international echo. The full recording of all the symphonies by Hans Werner Henze, together with WERGO, has also been completed and became available on the market in its entirety in spring 2014. The orchestra also continues to produce together with labels such as capriccio, cpo and Sony Classical, Naxos and Orfeo. Many of these recordings have been awarded German and international record prizes.

A FUTURE FROM TRADITION

The Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (RSB) dates back to the first hour of music broadcasting by Deutscher Rundfunk in October 1923. Its former chief conductors (incl. Sergiu Celibidache, Eugen Jochum, Hermann Abendroth, Rolf Kleinert, Heinz Rögner, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos) have created a body of sound reflecting the changing circumstances of 20th century German history in a very special way. Ever since its foundation, the RSB has enjoyed a particularly close relationship with contemporary music. Important 20th century composers have come to the orchestra’s lectern in person or performed their own works here as soloists: Paul Hindemith, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Sergei Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, Arnold Schönberg, Igor Strawinsky, Wladimir Vogel, Kurt Weill and Alexander Zemlinsky, as well as Krzysztof Penderecki, Peter Maxwell Davies, Friedrich Goldmann, Berthold Goldschmidt, Siegfried Matthus, Matthias Pintscher, Peter Ruzicka, Heinz Holliger, Daniel Schnyder or Jörg Widmann in more recent years.

WHAT MAKES THE RSB

Since the beginning of the Janowski era, outstanding young conductors from the international music scene have been coming to the RSB in Berlin. After Andris Nelsons, Kristjan Järvi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hrůša, Alain Altinoglu, Alondra de la Parra, Vladimir Jurowski, Ivan Repušić and Lahav Shani in years past, in the 2016/2017 season among others François-Xavier Roth, Pietari Inkinen and Gustavo Gimeno will be conducting the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin for the first time. Current guests, among them some of those named above, but also the old master Stanisław Skrowaczewski and experienced conductors of the middle generation have contributed and continue to contribute to the RSB's repertoire profile. Frank Strobel has guaranteed exemplary concerts of film music for many years. Besides symphonic and chamber music concerts, radio recordings and CD productions, the orchestra’s tasks also include special concerts for families and children. Many of the musicians show great personal commitment to chamber music as well as to ambitious projects for the younger generation.
The RSB has been appearing on important national and international stages as well as Berlin for more than 50 years now. Alongside regular tours to Korea and Japan, the orchestra also makes guest appearances at European festivals and in international centres of music.