Vladimir Jurowski, principal conductor and musical director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin as from autumn 2017, explains his assignment in Berlin: “I am delighted and proud to become Marek Janowski's successor at the RSB, a body of sound in outstanding shape. I would like to preserve past achievements in my work with this top ensemble and simultaneously aim for fresh heights by extending the RSB's repertoire and approaching our audiences with new forms of communication.” In 2015 Marek Janowski decided to make way for a successor from the younger generation in 2017. In Vladimir Jurowski it has proved possible to win over one of the most interesting conductors conceivable on the international scene today. The RSB, revitalized in turn, is well-prepared for this new, exciting epoch in its history. Newly engaged, top musicians, including a higher than average number of women, will harmonize perfectly with the tried and trusted basis of success and make an active contribution to the orchestra's embrace of new challenges.


The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin holds an internationally recognized position as one of Berlin's top orchestras and in the highest echelon of German radio orchestras. Outstanding young conductors from the international music scene have made their Berlin debuts with the RSB. After Andris Nelsons, Kristjan Järvi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hrůša, Alain Altinoglu, Omer Meir Wellber, Alondra de la Parra and Lahav Shani in past years, in the 2017/2018 season debutantes with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin will include Karina Canellakis, Michael Francis and Thomas Søndergård. The current guests, who include some of those named above but also experienced conductors of the middle generation like Osmo Vänskä, Krzysztof Urbański, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Andrey Boreyko or Sebastian Weigle, have contributed and continue to contribute to the RSB's repertoire profile. For many years now, Frank Strobel has been guaranteeing some exemplary concerts of film music. The orchestra's tasks alongside symphonic concerts, chamber music concerts, radio recordings and CD productions also include concerts for families and children. Many of the musicians often take a very personal interest in both chamber music and our ambitious projects for the younger generation, demonstrating great commitment. The RSB has been appearing on important national and international stages besides Berlin for more than 50 years now. Alongside regular tours of Korea and Japan, the orchestra also makes guest appearances at German and European festivals and in international centres of music.


The Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (RSB) dates back to the first hour of musical broadcasting by Deutscher Rundfunk in October 1923. Earlier principal conductors, including Sergiu Celibidache, Eugen Jochum, Hermann Abendroth, Rolf Kleinert, Heinz Rögner, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and most recently Marek Janowski from 2002 to 2015, have created a body of sound sharing in the changing circumstances of 20th century German history in a very special way. Since its foundation, the RSB has enjoyed a special familiarity 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 Stravinsky, Wladimir Vogel, Kurt Weill and Alexander Zemlinsky as well as, in more recent years, Krzysztof Penderecki, Peter Maxwell Davies, Friedrich Goldmann, Berthold Goldschmidt, Siegfried Matthus, Matthias Pintscher, Peter Ruzicka, Heinz Holliger, Daniel Schnyder or Jörg Widmann. In 2017/2018 there will be return appearances by Krzysztof Penderecki, Matthias Pintscher and Jörg Widmann; in addition, Thomas Adès will be introducing himself as a composer and conductor.


The RSB belongs to the Rundfunk-Orchester und-Chöre GmbH Berlin, founded in 1994. The roc berlin is jointly carried by Deutschlandradio (40 %), the Federal Republic of Germany (35 %),the State of Berlin (20 %) and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (5 %). It constitutes a union of four broadcasting sound bodies in the capital. Thanks to its close ties with Deutschlandradio Kultur in Berlin, with Deutschlandfunk Cologne and with Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, most of the RSB's concerts are broadcast on radio. Many can be heard worldwide via the associated broadcasters of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). In addition, the cooperation with Deutschlandradio is extremely productive in terms of CD releases. In 2015, for example, a recording was issued of Alfred Schnittke's Third Symphony with Vladimir Jurowski. All ten live recordings of the major concertante Wagner cycle(PENTATONE) were released by the end of 2013 and immediately met with a worldwide echo. A complete recording of all symphonies by Hans Werner Henze (WERGO) with Marek Janowski was completed in 2014. The orchestra also continues to be productive together with labels such as capriccio, cpo, NAXOS, Orfeo and Sony Classical. Many of these recordings have received German and international record prizes.