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Watch online: Sir Simon Rattle and Robin Ticciati

Despite the cancellation of events due to the pandemic until the end of November, we are very pleased to be able to present to our audience some selected concerts as a video stream on our website, on YouTube and Facebook.

The first concert on 7 November was with Sir Simon Rattle, who returned to the DSO for the first time after his debut in the 'RIAS presents' series 43 years ago, conducting Gustav Mahler's ›Lied von der Erde. In the first part of the evening Chief Conductor Robin Ticciati conducted music by Vaughan Williams, Purcell and Birtwistle.

Further dates are to be announced soon.

Covid-19 pandemic

All November concerts have been canceled

Dear Concert Visitor,

Due to the Corona pandemic the federal government and the senat of Berlin have decided to cancel all cultural events with audience for the month of November 2020 – that applies to all our concerts. We thoroughly regret this inconvenience. ...

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If you might have bought tickets for our concerts in November, you can return those to us and receive full refund. Please send them together with your bank details (IBAN) until the end of November 2020 or contact us via email in order to consider the details of your refund:

Besucherservice DSO
in der Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre GmbH
Charlottenstraße 56, 2. OG
10117 Berlin

Alternatively, you can of course hand in your tickets in person at the DSO's visitor's service opened from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and to be contacted by telephone at +49 30 20 29 87 11 or by e-mail

We thank you for your trust and hope for your understanding and cooperation in this complex situation.

With best regards and stay healthy!

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin


›Gramophone-Award‹ for Beethoven CD with Martin Helmchen and Andrew Manze

The DSO was awarded the 'Beethoven 250 Award' by renowned British music magazine 'Gramophone' for its recording of Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 5, which was produced in October 2019 together with pianist Martin Helmchen and conductor Andrew Manze on the Alpha Classics label and co-produced by rbbKultur. The special award ceremony on the occasion of Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday took place on October 6 at the 'Gramophone Classical Music Awards'.

Music Director

Robin Ticciati renews his contract until 2027

The DSO is delighted to announce that Robin Ticciati – who has held the position of Chief Conductor and Music Director since the 2017/2018 season – has renewed his existing contract beyond 2022 for another five years.

In the past seasons, the 37-year-old Briton has proven with the DSO his enormous versatility and flexibility, with repertoire from the Renaissance to contemporary music, with new presentation forms, unusual concert venues and exceptional projects like playing on gut strings and free improvisation. The DSO has recently been nominated by ‘Gramophone’ magazine for the ‘Orchestra of the Year’ 2020 award on the basis of the outstanding reviews received for its recordings with Robin Ticciati.

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Robin Ticciati said on the renewal of his contract: »No-one can hide the fact that the next years for classical music will be very difficult to navigate: we will have to fight our corner with ever stronger passion. Symphonic orchestras must continue to question their own identity, inner creativity and ways of touching as many people as possible. It is the wonderful, logical step now for me to renew my special ties to this maverick band, the DSO, in Berlin. They want to risk and be pushed. Their thirst to evolve, to progress the model of what a radio orchestra actually can be, for Germany and the wider world, is a beautiful thing to be part of – I look forward to the years ahead. There is a lot more to achieve for everyone involved.«

The musicians of the DSO also consider themselves very fortunate to be able to work with Robin Ticciati for at least five more years beyond 2022, sais musicians’ committee member Matthias Kühnle: »We have coalesced into a wonderful artistic unit with our Music Director since 2017, and have ambitious goals for the period ahead of us that we intend to realise jointly. Thus we eagerly anticipate our joint musical future.«

New Release

Strauss CD with Robin Ticciati and soprano Louise Alder

Just in time for the start of the new season, the fifth joint CD recording of Robin Ticciati with the DSO has been released on Linn Records on September 4. After highly acclaimed recordings with music by Bruckner and French repertoire, they now devote themselves for the first time to Richard Strauss – the tone poems 'Don Juan' and 'Tod und Verklärung' as well as the orchestral version of the Six Songs op. 68 based on poems by Clemens Brentano. The British soprano Louise Alder is their congenial soloist. The CD is co-produced by Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

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The DSO and Robin Ticciati have released five CDs on Linn Records since autumn 2017, highly acclaimed recordings with French repertoire by Debussy, Duparc, Duruflé and Fauré and with Bruckner's Sixth Symphony. Ondine has also released a recording of the Beethoven and Sibelius violin concertos with Christian Tetzlaff, which was recently named one of the best Beethoven recordings of all time by the British music magazine 'Gramophone'.

The latest CD, which will again be released on September 4 by Linn Records, is now dedicated to Richard Strauss, his tone poems and songs. The program includes 'Don Juan' and 'Death and Transfiguration', two intoxicating masterpieces with which Strauss established his compositional fame even before his first opera. This is also due to his song writing. In 1918 he composed the Six Songs op. 68, settings of poems by Clemens Brentano for voice and piano, which he later orchestrated. A congenial interpreter is the British soprano Louise Alder, who gave her celebrated DSO debut in 2018 in Handel's 'Messiah' under the baton of Robin Ticciati.

With the new release on September 4, 2020, the DSO continues its collaboration with Linn Records, initiated in 2017. With its carefully curated portfolio, the multi-award-winning Scottish label addresses an audiophile target group and offers not only sound carriers but also high-resolution studio master files for download. Further joint productions are already in preparation.

Berlin Needs Music!

Chamber Concerts Open Air on Sept 5

CHANGES: Due to weather conditions the concerts will start at 11.30 a.m. in the Mall of Berlin. From 12.30 p.m. on all concerts will take place as scheduled!

With its claim "Berlin Needs Music" the DSO is spreading out to bring chamber music open air to the people of the capital for the second time on September 5, 2020. 15 chamber music ensembles will play pop-up concerts open air in 9 public places all over Berlin. The majority of these ensembles ist made up of DSO musicians, but there are also ensembles supervised by members of the orchestra. The concerts last about 30 minutes and are staggered in time so that the audience can follow them on a "tour de la musique" along a route across the city.

With this event, the DSO wants to counteract Berlin's musical undersupply in times of Corona and at the same time point out the beginning of the new season 20/21 and the reopening of the Berlin concert halls.

Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year 2020

Vote Now for DSO!

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin has been nominated by the renowned British music magazine ‘Gramophone’ for the ‘Orchestra of the Year 2020’ award. The choice is carried out by an audience vote. We would be delighted if you would give your vote to the DSO and thank you very much for your support!

Live on air

Radio Concert with Ariane Matiakh and Alexandra Soumm on August 30

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin continues its live radio broadcasts with another concert before the official start of the season. On Sunday, August 30, Deutschlandfunk Kultur will broadcast a French program with works by Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel and Pjotr Tchaikovsky starting at 8:03 pm. The concert will be conducted by the French conductor Ariane Matiakh, who will make her first appearance with the DSO on this evening. Her compatriot Alexandra Soumm can be heard as violin soloist in Ravel's virtuoso rhapsody 'Tzigane' and Tchaikovsky's romantic 'Meditation'.

The concert is available as audio on demand at DLF Kultur.

Season Opening with Robin Ticciati

Tickets for Sept 21 available

Tickets for the season opening concert with Robin Ticciati as part of the Musikfest Berlin on 21.09.2020 are now available through the DSO's ticket office.

Unfortunately ticket purchase via our webshop is currently not available.

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Roderick Cox

Watch the August 21 Concert

With a new instalment on Friday, August 21, the DSO continues its radio and online concerts series, featuring US conductor Roderick Cox with a fascinating programme focusing on music from his homeland. Soprano Julia Bullock will make her DSO debut as a soloist as well.

The concert was broadcast live as a video stream on the DSO website and is also available as video-on-demand on DSO's YouTube channel. Furthermore, the concert will also be broadcast by Deutschlandfunk Kultur on Wednesday, 2 September from 8.03 p.m.