Vladimir Jurowski has been the chief conductor and artistic director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since autumn 2017. With him, one of the most musically exciting, courageous in the programme, technically most adept and humanly upright conductors of the present, the Berliner Rundfunk ensemble has brilliant perspectives ahead. Vladimir Jurowski has taken over the RSB from his predecessor Marek Janowski in an excellent stage of development, as he does not tire of setting emphasis. Nevertheless, new quality features in orchestral culture, especially with regard to a greater coexistence in the artistic process, have already grown. The young American conductor Karina Canellakis will take the position of principal guest conductor at Vladimir Jurowski’s side in the future.
For many years, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin has occupied an internationally recognised position in the first series of the German radio orchestra and the top orchestras in Berlin. Recently Marek Janowski built up an exemplary competence of the orchestra from 2001 to 2016 for the German romantic and late romantic repertoire, setting an internationally acclaimed focus on the ten-part Wagner cycle and leaving behind a complete recording of symphonies by Hans Werner Henze (WERGO, 2014). Earlier, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos had raised the sound volume and precision of the interaction of the RSB to an exemplary level.
The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin goes back to the first musical radio hour of German radio in October 1923. The former chief conductors, including Sergiu Celibidache, Eugen Jochum, Hermann Abendroth, Rolf Kleinert and Heinz Rögner formed an orchestra that lived through the vicissitudes of the German History in the 20th century in a special way.