Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO) is a German orchestra based in Berlin. It was founded in 1946 by American occupation forces as the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester (RIAS being an acronym for Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor / "Radio In the American Sector"). It was also known as the American Sector Symphony Orchestra. In 1956, the orchestra was renamed the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin). In 1993, the orchestra took on its present name. The Orchestra's first principal conductor was Ferenc Fricsay.
Between the chief conductorships of Lorin Maazel and Riccardo Chailly, the orchestra did not have a single chief conductor. The major conductors who worked with the orchestra during this period, from 1976 to 1982, were Erich Leinsdorf, Eugen Jochum, Gerd Albrecht, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Neville Marriner. The orchestra returned to having a single chief conductor in 1982 with Riccardo Chailly. Ingo Metzmacher became principal conductor as of the 2007-2008 season, with an original initial contract until 2011. However, after reports of disputes over financing and a threatened reduction in the size of the orchestra, in March 2009, Metzmacher announced his early resignation from the DSO-Berlin principal conductorship as of the summer of 2010. His final concerts as the orchestra's principal conductor were in June 2010 in Berlin and in August 2010 at The Proms. In September 2010, the DSO-Berlin announced the appointment of Tugan Sokhiev as its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, as of 2012, with a contract of 4 years. In October 2014, Sokhiev stated that he would stand down from the DSO Berlin after the 2015-2016 season due to his duties as music director of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. In October 2014, Robin Ticciati made his first guest-conducting appearance with the DSO-Berlin. In October 2015, the orchestra named Ticciati its next principal conductor, effective with the 2017-2018 season, with an initial contract of 5 years.
Apart from its concerts in Berlin, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin is also present in many guest appearances in international music life. The orchestra has held performances in the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, the Near, Middle and Far East. The DSO Berlin is also in demand worldwide with many award-winning CD recordings for several labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical and Harmonia Mundi. In 2011, it was awarded a Grammy Award for the best opera recording for the production of Kaija Saariaho's ›L'amour de loin‹ conducted by Kent Nagano.
- Ferenc Fricsay (1948-1954, 1959-1963)
- Lorin Maazel (1964-1975)
- Riccardo Chailly (1982-1989)
- Vladimir Ashkenazy (1989-1999)
- Kent Nagano (2000-2006)
- Ingo Metzmacher (2007-2010)
- Tugan Sokhiev (2012–2016)
- Robin Ticciati (as of 2017/18 season)
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