Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO) is a German broadcast orchestra based in Berlin. The orchestra performs its concerts principally in the Philharmonie Berlin. The orchestra is administratively based at the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) Fernsehzentrum in Berlin.


The orchestra was founded in 1946 by American occupation forces as the RIAS Symphonie-Orchester (RIAS = Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor / "Radio In the American Sector"). It was also known as the American Sector Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra's first principal conductor was Ferenc Fricsay. In 1956 it was renamed the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin), and in 1993 took on its present name.

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 20072008 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.[1][2] His final concerts as the orchestra's principal conductor were in June 2010 in Berlin[3] and in August 2010 at The Proms.[4] 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.[5] Sokhiev concluded his DSO-Berlin tenure after the 2015-2016 season.[6] In October 2014, Robin Ticciati made his first guest-conducting appearance with the DSO-Berlin.[7] In October 2015, the orchestra named Ticciati its next principal conductor, effective with the 20172018 season, with an initial contract of 5 years.[8]

The DSO-Berlin has recorded commercially for such labels as Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical and Harmonia Mundi.[9][10][11][12] In 2011, it was awarded a Grammy Award for its recording of Kaija Saariaho's L'amour de loin, conducted by Kent Nagano.

Principal conductors


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  2. Manuel Brug (2009-05-04). "'Es tut mir leid – für Orchester und Publikum'". Die Welt. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  3. Matthias Nöther (2010-06-16). "Ein Vorbild im Zweifeln: Ingo Metzmacher gibt sein Abschiedskonzert beim DSO". Berliner Zeitung. Archived from the original on 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  4. Tim Ashley (2010-08-11). "DSO Berlin/Metzmacher (Royal Albert Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  5. Peter Uehling (2010-09-07). "DSO-Chef: Wunschkandidat Sokhiev wird's". Berliner Zeitung. Archived from the original on 2010-09-11. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  6. Frederik Hanssen (2014-10-08). "Tugan Sokhiev verlässt Berlin". Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 2014-10-08.
  7. Felix Stephan (2014-10-01). "Dirigent Robin Ticciati feiert sein Debüt in Berlin". Berliner Morgenpost. Retrieved 2015-10-08.
  8. "Robin Ticciati named Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin". Gramophone. 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2015-10-08.
  9. Tim Ashley (2005-03-10). "Mahler: Symphony No 8, Greenberg/ Dawson/ Matthews/ Koch/ Manistina/ Gambill/ Roth/ Rootering/ Berlin Radio Chorus/ MDR Radio Chorus Leipzig/ Windsbacher Children's Choir/ Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/ Nagano". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-10-08.
  10. Tim Ashley (2006-01-13). "Wolf: Orchestral Songs, Banse/ Henschel/ Berlin Radio Choir/ Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/ Nagano". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-10-08.
  11. Tim Ashley (2007-01-12). "Jolivet: Violin Concerto; Chausson: Poème, Faust/ Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/ Letonja". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-10-08.
  12. Anthony Holden (2007-07-08). "Classical CDs". The Observer. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
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