Sir Simon Rattle (c) BR / Astrid Ackermann


What an intense five-hour musical journey, Richard Wagner’s “Siegfried” conducted by Sir Simon Rattle! Conductor, the outstanding singers and the BRSO earned standing ovations for minutes after each act. After the concerts in Munich, there are now two more guest concerts on the calendar: on Wednesday, February 8 in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and on February 11 in the Philharmonie Luxembourg. The audio recording of the concert is available here.

Picture gallery and rehearsal impressions


John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke


From 31 January 2023 the following concerts will be on sale: John Eliot Gardiner and the BRSO kick off a Schubert cycle with the Symphony No. 1 in the concerts on 23 & 24 March. The world premiere of Julian Anderson‘s half-hour work Exiles by the BR Chor and Symphonieorchester conducted by Manfred Honeck can be heard at the Isarphilharmonie on 30/31 March & 1 April. Soloist is Julia Bullock. Tickets are also now available for concerts of our Education Chamber Music Workshop. The concerts will take place on 13 & 15 April at the Evangelische Akademie in Tutzing.



On 31 January 2023, the 2nd season of the podcast SCHOENHOLTZ will begin: once again, host Anne Schoenholtz will take us behind the scenes of the BRSO and, as usual, meet colleagues to talk in the orchestra’s own container in the Werksviertel-Mitte. Solo trumpeter Martin Angerer will kick things off. But external guests are also back, including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Herbert Blomstedt or Konstantin Wecker – and of course the future chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle: this time not only by telephone at the end of each episode, but also as a guest for an entire episode!

To the podcast


Two of Bavaria’s most important orchestras have come together in a friendly exchange and are giving a concert in each other’s city: the Bamberger Symphoniker in Munich and the BRSO in Bamberg. The Munich audience can therefore experience Jakub Hrůša not only as a guest of the BRSO, but also with his “own” orchestra on 14 April in the Herkulessaal. Julia Fischer will play Johannes X. Schachtner’s Violin Concerto, premiered only a short time before in Bamberg. After the interval you will hear Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”. The BRSO’s return visit to Bamberg will be in July with Bruckner’s Fifth under Christian Thielemann.

To the concert of the

Herbert Blomstedt - Probe Blomstedt & Kavakos © Astrid Ackermann


Herbert Blomstedt, soon to be 96 years old, is the oldest active conductor of his rank. At the concerts at the beginning of January 2023, he presented, for once, not composers from his Nordic homeland, but the “Romantic” by Anton Bruckner. We had the great fortune to accompany him for a day of rehearsals. The result is a documentary of over two hours that shows the detailed work of Blomstedt and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks on this symphony.

Rehearsal Spotlight


Alan Gilbert & Kirill Gerstein Probe


If you want to experience our Artist in Residence, Kirill Gerstein, you will have the opportunity to do so on 9 and 10 March 2023, when he will perform Brahms’ monumental Second Piano Concerto together with Daniel Harding. On the programme before the interval: the »Manfred« Overture, op. 115 by Robert Schumann and Antonín Dvořák’s symphonic poem »The Wild Dove«, op. 110.

To the concerts


October 29, 1923 – a date steeped in history. In the midst of a year of political and economic crisis, the age of public radio in Germany was ushered in with the first broadcast of the »Berliner Funkstunde«, from the attic of an office building on Potsdamer Platz. As part of the programme focus on the theme of »100 Years of Broadcasting«, this new CD is released and features works by Bartók, Krenek, Toch and Weill with the Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.


Klassik am Odeonsplatz 2022 (c) Marcus Schlaf


On July 8, 2023, Christian Thielemann will conduct Munich’s most beautiful open-air with the Chor & Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks: Klassik am Odeonsplatz. Be thrilled by an all Verdi program. You will hear Ballet music from Macbeth, Don Carlo and Otello as well as “Quattro pezzi sacri”. Tickets are available now! 

Info and tickets

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Shortly after it was founded by Eugen Jochum in 1949 the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO) developed into an orchestra of international repute. The British trade journal Gramophone placed it among the top ten of ‘the world’s greatest orchestras’, as did the Japanese music magazine Mostly Classic.

Whether in its Munich concerts or on its worldwide tours, the BRSO works on a regular basis with renowned conductors and soloists. It can boast of numerous CD releases and prizes, including a Grammy for ‘best orchestral performance’ and the German Record Critics’ Prize.

The core missions of the BRSO also include promoting young talent and cultivating the music of our time. From 2003 -2019 the orchestra has been headed by the Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons.

Click here for more on the history of the BRSO

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