Harding & Hardenberger

The Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger is second to none in ensuring that there exists a wealth of contemporary concertos for his instrument. One such work is Harrison Birtwistle’s Endless Parade of 1987. This trumpet concerto is framed by Schubert’s Unfinished and Thomas Adès’ Three Studies from Couperin. Daniel Harding will conduct. BR-KLASSIK will broadcast the concert live on February 26 from 8:30 pm. Beforehand, you can listen to an introduction to the concert in frim 8.05pm.


Concerts Until April 5, 2021

Even if our audience may not be present live, we want to offer you an attractive concert program with prominent soloists in the first quarter of 2021. We are looking forward to welcome Daniel Harding & Haakan Hardenberger, our designated chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle,  Tugan Sokhiev und Yefim Bronfman and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla und Francesco Piemontesi. Find out more about the concerts and programms in our event calendar.

Event Calendar

Corona virus – latest news

The Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states decided to extend the prohibition of events until March 7, 2021, among other measures to contain the corona pandemic. The orchestra’s anticipation of being able to play for live audience after the Lockdown is great. Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely that this will be possible before Easter. Therefore the BRSO has decided not to give concerts in front of a live audience until April 5. BR will endeavour to broadcast the concerts on radio, television or streaming.



The brass section of the BRSO with repertoire that one usually never gets to hear: Joseph Bastian, himself a former BRSO trombonist, chose for the concert evening three “Equale” for four trombones by Beethoven and “Playgrounds for Angels” from the “Angel Series” by the great Finn Rautavaara. These two rarities are framed by two magnificent suites for brass band: the “Fanfares liturgiques” by Tomasi and the majestic “Severn Suite” by Edward Elgar.

Concert video

New on CD

Anton Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony is of one of the most important compositions in the Late Romantic symphonic repertoire. With Mariss Jansons conducting the BRSO this newly released live recording from 2015 is another rarity for any Jansons discography!


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.”



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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