Zubin Mehta conducts the BRSO

Just over a year ago, Zubin Mehta conducted the touching memorial concert for Mariss Jansons. When he returns to the BRSO podium this week, he will conduct works by Haydn, Verdi and Schubert. Soloist Vilde Frang unfortunately had to cancel her participation at short notice due to travel restrictions.
BR-KLASSIK will broadcast the concert live on Thursday, Jan 28, from 8:30pm.


Daniil Trifonov & Gustavo Gimeno – Audio on demand

Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno made his debut with the BRSO on January 22. He put together an exciting programme of neoclassical works: Prokofiev’s Symphonie classique, Stravinsky’s ballet Apollon musagète and Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings No. 1 in C minor. The work was interpreted by Daniil Trifonov and the BRSO’s principal trumpeter, Martin Angerer. Listen to the audio on demand here:

To the concert

Sir Simon Rattle appointed Chief Conductor

Mariss Jansons’s successor as Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Bavarian Radio Chorus has been chosen: Sir Simon Rattle will lead the two ensembles beginning with the 2023/24 concert season, having signed an initial five-year contract with the Bayerischer Rundfunk on 3 January 2021. “It is an honour to succeed Mariss Jansons in this role, and I look forward to leading these wonderful musicians for many years to come.”


Concerts January – March 2021

Despite the uncertainty of whether our audience will be allowed, we want to offer you an attractive concert program with prominent soloists in the first quarter of 2021. We are looking forward to welcome Zubin Mehta, Robin Ticciati & Christian Gerhaher, our designated chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle and many more! Find out more about the concerts and programms in our event calendar.

Event Calendar

Corona virus – latest news

On January 19, 2021, the Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states decided to extend the prohibition of events until February 14, 2021, among other measures to contain the corona pandemic. On this basis, the Bayerischer Rundfunk is forced to cancel the concerts of its orchestras and musica viva with live audience until February 14, 2021. BR will endeavour to broadcast the concerts on radio, television or streaming in order to maintain cultural life and to fulfil its task of making the concerts of its orchestras and musica viva accessible to the public.


FRANCOIS XAVIER ROTH – audio on demand

In the chamber concert of 14 January François-Xavier Roth presented two masterpieces from the early 20th century that are rarely heard live: Alben Berg’s “Kammerkonzert für Klavier und Geige mit 13 Bläsern op.8” and Bartók’s “Music for strings, percussion and celesta, Sz 106”. As soloists, Roth brought two stars from France, violinist Renaud Capuçon and pianist Bertrand Chamayou. Listen to the audio on demand here:

To the concert


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From 2003-2019 Mariss Jansons was chief conductor of the BRSO. All concerts of this era are now documented in a timeline to remember and relive – partly with additional galleries, videos and excerpts from interviews or rehearsals from the archives of BR-KLASSIK and the BRSO. Also new: a film with many moving memories of companions and musicians of the BRSO, which can be found under December 1, 2019. Have fun browsing and reminiscing!


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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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