Sir Simon Rattle (c) BR / Astrid Ackermann


Sir Simon Rattle is back in Munich! The only time in the season before he takes over as chief conductor of the BRSO, but with a major project: after Rheingold and Walküre, he now takes on Richard Wagner’s Siegfried. And once again, the hearts of Wagner fans are likely to beat faster – also thanks to the exquisite star cast: Anja Kampe, Barbara Hannigan, Gerhild Romberger, Simon O’Neill, Peter Hoare, Michael Volle, Georg Nigl and Franz-Josef Selig. The concerts will take place on February 3 & 5, 2023 in the Isarphilharmonie.

To the concerts



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


Lisa Batiashvili © Chris Singer


As of now, the following concerts are on sale: three chamber concerts with musicians* of the BRSO on February 25/26, March 11/12, and March 18/19. In addition, the concert with Jakub Hrůša and Lisa Batiashvili, which will feature the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius and works by Bohuslav Martinů. We will also be guests in the Werksviertel-Mitte on March 5, 2023: For their concert in the Watch This Space series, the young musicians of the Orchestra Academy have prepared an American program this year with the members of the BRSO.



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! 

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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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