Founded in 1952, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester (Munich Radio Orchestra) has developed over the course of its 60-year history into an ensemble that covers a vast artistic spectrum. And just because of this great versatility, it has established a prominent position on Munich’s orchestral landscape.
The parade of chief conductors of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester wasled on by Werner Schmidt-Boelcke(1952-1967), followed by Kurt Eichhorn(1967-1975), Heinz Wallberg (1975-1981), Lamberto Gardelli (1982-1985), GiuseppePatané (1988-1989) and Roberto Abbado (1992-1998). From 1998 to 2004 Marcello Viotti was the chief conductor of the orchestra. Since September of 2006 Ulf Schirmer has served as artistic director of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. With a program including such highlights as the world premieres of commissioned works at the “Paradisi gloria” series, as well as intriguing rediscoveries in the fields of opera and operetta, he has introduced new content to the repertoire.
Supplementing its activities at its home base of Munich, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester also makes regular appearances at guest concerts and well-known festivals like the Kissingen Summer and the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. At the Salzburg Festival, it accompanied a series of operas in concert performances starring such major artists as Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Elīna Garanča and Juan Diego Flórez.