ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra is a top orchestra of world renown; the orchestra defines itself in the Vienna orchestral tradition. Cornelius Meister assumed his position as principal conductor and artistic director in September 2010.
The Vienna RSO is known for its exceptional and bold programming. By combining 19th-century repertoire with contemporary pieces and rarely performed works from other periods, its programming often places Romantic masterpieces in unexpected contexts. All the Orchestra’s performances are broadcast on the radio, particularly on Österreich 1, but also internationally.
In recent years audiences have been able to hear every RSO concert on the internet for one week after the initial broadcast. Through its growing presence on European television, as well as its collaboration with ORF’s FM4 station for young people, the RSO is constantly reaching out to new music lovers. Numerous enthusiastic supporters have become members of the Friends of the RSO Association. The Orchestra performs regularly during the concert season in the Austrian capital, with subscription series in both the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus.
The RSO also appears frequently at major festivals, both at home and abroad, such as the Salzburg Festival, Wiener Festwochen, musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst and Wien Modern. Extensive touring activities take the RSO to Japan and China, Thailand and Taiwan, the USA and South America, Spain, Italy and Germany. Since 2007 the RSO has established itself as an opera orchestra, collaborating with the Theater an der Wien. The RSO is equally at home in film music and every year the Orchestra is conducted by composers who have won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures.
In 2012 the RSO recorded the soundtrack to Die Vermessung der Welt. The Orchestra’s broad recording activities include works in every genre, notably including a 24-CD set, my RSO – Greatest Hits for Contemporary Orchestra, which was released in 2012.