70 years at a glance

15.11.1946   Founded as RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester by the Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor (Brodcasting in the American sector)
07.11.1947   First public concert at Titania-Palast Berlin-Steglitz, conducted by Walter Sieber (see header image)
1948 – 1963   Ferenc Fricsay
First music director. Numerous world premiere and German premiere performances. Made the orchestra a top level ensemble for contemporary music.
Sept. 1949   First disc recording: Yehudi Menuhin plays the Caijkovsky violin concerto
1956   New name: Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (RSO)
1964 – 1975   Lorin Maazel
Emphasis on the »romantic rarity«. Famouns Bach interpretations. Driving force of the Mahler renaissance.
1971   ›Kritikerpreis für Musik‹ (Critic's price for music) for the orchestra's committment to contemporary music
Januar 1973   Tour to Asia with Lorin Maazel
1982 – 1989   Riccardo Chailly
Major Bruckner and Mahler projects. Beginning Zemlinsky and Schreker renaissance. Several recording awards. USA tour.
1989 – 1999   Vladimir Ashkenazy
Universal artist. Multi-faceted programming. Committment to forgotten composers. Tour concert ins Russia, Asia and the USA
1993   New name: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO)
1996   50th anniversary concert: Mahler's eighth symphony
2000 – 2006   Kent Nagano
Unusual combination of romantic an contemporary repertoire. Opera guest performances in Salzburg, Baden-Baden and Paris
2007 – 2010   Ingo Metzmacher
Multilayered thematic series (›Of German soul‹, ›Departure 1909‹, ›Remptation‹). Developing new audiences (Casual Concerts)
2011   Grammy Award for the recording of Kaija Saariaho's opera ›L’amour de loin‹ with Kent Nagano
2012 – 2016   Tugan Sokhiev
Emphasis on repertoire rarities from Russia and France. Strengthening DSO's reputation as an international top level orchestra
2017 –   Robin Ticciati
First concert as chief conductor and artistic director on 24 September 2017