Even tough we cannot play any concerts in front of an audience, we would like to continue to “send home” beautiful concert evenings with a varied programme and internationally renowned conductors and soloists. You can look forward to Johannes Kalitzke & Isabelle Faust, Peter Eötvös, Susanna Mälkki & Gil Shaham, Jakub Hrůša & Gerhild Romberger and of course our BRSO Family-Day on May 1! We hope to see you live again soon!

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It’s hard to believe that Christian Thielemann has never stood at the helm of the BRSO. But now listeners have a chance to hear him conducting his preferred repertoire: the German romantics and Richard Strauss.  On the programme: the brass fanfare that Strauss dedicated to the Vienna Philharmonic, followed by his rarely heard Sonatina No. 1 for 16 wind instruments. Also: Overture, Scherzo and Finale, op. 52 by Robert Schumann.

Concert video

In rehearsal

Christian Thielemann rehearses Schumann’s Opus 52, which was written shortly after his First Symphony. Because of its three-part nature – without a slow movement – Schumann felt the work was “lighter” than a symphony and called it sometimes Suite, sometimes Sinfoniette. In the end, the work was published under the title Overture, Scherzo and Finale. We were present at the rehearsal and talked with Christian Thielemann about it.

Rehearsal video



Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla made her debut with the BRSO on March 26, 2021, a concert that also marked the start of the Lithuanian Year of Culture in Bavaria. The programme included works by Weinberg, Beethoven and Mozart. The soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, KV 595 was the Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi.

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Interview Sir Simon

Two intensive weeks lie behind our designated chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle here in Munich. Seven works in three concerts – from Purcell to the world premiere of Adámek, a walk through the Werksviertel and, of course, getting to know his “new family”. We met him and asked him how he experienced the last two weeks.


Corona virus – latest news

The orchestra’s anticipation of being able to play in front of an audience again after lockdown is great. Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely that this will be possible before May 14. Therefore the BRSO has decided not to give concerts in front of an audience up to and including May 14, 2021. BR will endeavour to broadcast the concerts on radio, television or streaming.


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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.

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