John Eliot Gardiner (C) Peter Meisel

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

John Eliot Gardiner is known for his extraordinary and relational programs. Haydn’s Symphony in F Minor opens the concert evenings on March 23 and 24, 2023 in the Herkulessaal. The symphony is one of the most enigmatic and radical works from Haydn’s pen. Weber’s operatic scenes follow like a posthumous explanation for the symphony’s passionate tones. Incidentally, Schubert’s Symphony No. 1 marks the beginning of John Eliot Gardiner and the BRSO’s Schubert cycle, which will extend over three seasons.

To the concerts


Antonello Manacorda (c) Nicolaj Lund


As of March 7, 2023, the following concerts are on sale: two WATCH THIS SPACE concerts on April 19, 2023 with Tabea Zimmermann and on May 3, 2023 with soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller. With Pablo Heras-Casado and Yefim Bronfman, two particularly esteemed artists will return to the BRSO on April 27/28, 2023. In the concerts on May 4/5, 2023, Artist in Residence Kirill Gerstein – together with conductor Antonello Manacorda – will juxtapose Ravel’s two piano concertos. Also available now: TIckets for the chamber concert on April 29, 2023 and NotenTexte on May 6, 2023.



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 the world premiere of the violin concerto by Johannes X. Schachtner. 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 

Harding Probe (C) Daniel Delang


Our Artist in Residence, Kirill Gerstein was a guest of the BRSO on March 9 and 10, 2023 together with Daniel Harding. You can now listen to the concert here. The program included Brahms’ monumental Second Piano Concerto, Robert Schumann’s “Manfred” Overture, op. 115, and Antonín Dvořák’s symphonic poem “The Wood Pigeon,” op. 110.

Audio on demand


The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by its longtime chief conductor Mariss Jansons, is featured on this new CD release from BR-KLASSIK with three works by Peter I. Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky and Edgar Varèse. Live recordings from 2015 (Tchaikovsky, Varèse) and 2013 (Stravinsky).



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!

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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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