›Debüt im Deutschlandradio Kultur‹ is one of German public radio's most unique and venerable orchestra concert series, initiated by RIAS (Broadcasting in the American Sector) in 1959 as ›RIAS stellt vor‹ (Introduced by RIAS). Since 1988|89 chamber music is part of the schedule, too. As a product of radio makers for radio listeners, most concerts still are being broadcast live and nationally.
Curiousity is concept
The concept hasn't changed much since 1959: Three young musicians (two soloists and one conductor), who already made their mark by winning international competitions, are invited to play their Berlin debut in front of a big audience – together with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (named Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin until 1993). They meet for the first time during rehearsals and – remarkable as well – get to choose their repertoire by themselves. The unknown (musician, as well as composition) is most welcome, as curiosity is part of the concept.
Steppingstone for outstanding talent
The list of invitees is long and compelling, naming noumerous musicians whose career took off later – including Jacqueline Du Pré and Daniel Barenboim (1963), Jessye Norman (1969) and Simon Rattle (1977), Jewgenij Kissin (1987) and Cecilia Bartoli (1988), as well as DSO's new Music director Tugan Sokhiev (2003).