German Symphony Orchestra Berlin

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Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (1961), forerunner of the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin

The German Symphony Orchestra Berlin ( DSO ) is one of the largest orchestras in the German capital, Berlin . It is a member of the Rundfunk-Orchester und -Chöre gGmbH (ROC) founded in 1994 . The venue is the Berlin Philharmonic .


When the DIAS (wire radio in the American sector) and later the RIAS were founded in the US sector after the Second World War , the RIAS Symphony Orchestra (RSO) was also established in 1946 . In 1956, the orchestra was renamed the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra , because the Sender Freie Berlin, founded two years earlier, entered the orchestra with a production contract and wanted a name change.

In 1993 there was another name change to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, in order to avoid confusion with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB), also a member of the ROC .

At the end of 2009 there was a brief plan to merge the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin to form an ensemble at the beginning of the 2011/2012 season, which would then be under the direction of Marek Janowski . However, due to the great opposition, the plan was rejected again. In 2009, the orchestra recorded an absolute record attendance with 87,090 visitors at 51 concerts. This means that each concert was attended by 1,453 listeners, which ensured an occupancy rate of around 84 percent. Ticket sales increased in 2009 by 243,000 euros to around 1.66 million euros.

After chief conductor Ingo Metzmacher had not extended his engagement beyond the 2009/10 season in protest against budget cuts, the orchestra was temporarily without a chief conductor. In 2010, Tugan Sochijew signed a four-year contract as Metzmacher's successor, starting with the 2012/2013 season. In October 2014, Sochiev announced that he would not renew his contract due to his extensive duties as music director of the Moscow Bolshoi Theater (an office he took over in January 2014). Robin Ticciati has been the chief conductor and artistic director since the 2017/18 season . On November 12, 2016, the Englishman with Italian roots signed a five-year contract at a press conference.

Chief conductor


The DSO belongs to the Rundfunk-Orchester und -Chöre gGmbH, an association of four capital city radio ensembles (RIAS Kammerchor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, RSB, DSO) founded in 1994, which is jointly owned by Deutschlandradio (40%), the Federal Republic of Germany (35 %), the state of Berlin (20%) and the Berlin-Brandenburg broadcasting company (5%). Support is also provided by the Förderkreis Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin e. V.

Special events

  • September 28, 1959: The broadcast of the concert of the rededication of the large broadcasting hall in the Haus des Rundfunks with Kodály's Psalmus hungaricus and Mozart's Mass in C minor is the first stereophonic broadcast on German radio.
  • November 3, 1959: First concert in the RIAS series presents . Young artists from all over the world are given the opportunity to make their Berlin debut. Among them, over the years, will be such famous names as Jessye Norman , Jacqueline du Pré and Yevgeny Kissin .
  • April 19, 1967: 45th concert in the series Musik der Gegenwart (MdG): First performance of György Ligeti's cello concerto .
  • December 2000: World premiere of John Adams ' El Niño under Kent Nagano as Orchestra in Residence at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.


See also

Web links

Commons : Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Previously, it had already Berlin once a German symphony orchestra given that in 1967 with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra for Symphony Orchestra Berlin (now Berliner Symphoniker ) were combined.
  2. "Berlin: DSO and RSB should merge" on Neue Musikzeitung. Retrieved December 4, 2009.
  3. ^ "The farce behind the planned orchestral merger" on Welt-Online . Retrieved December 10, 2009.
  4. Too little budget: Chief conductor Ingo Metzmacher leaves the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin . In: Neue Musikzeitung . March 26, 2009 ( [accessed June 17, 2010]).
  5. Bayerischer Rundfunk: CD - Robin Ticciati conducts: Debussy and Fauré | BR classic . October 10, 2017 ( [accessed October 12, 2017]).
  6. Robin Ticciati and the DSO: A boss to fall in love with . In: Der Tagesspiegel . November 12, 2015 ( [accessed January 8, 2016]).