ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra is a top orchestra of world renown; the orchestra defines itself in the Vienna orchestral tradition. In 1969, the Vienna RSO grew out of the main orchestra of the Austrian Radio. Under the leadership of its chief conductors, Milan Horvat, Leif Segerstam, Lothar Zagrosek, Pinchas Steinberg, Dennis Russell Davies, Bertrand de Billy and Cornelius Meister, the orchestra has continuously expanded its repertoire amid growing international renown. Marin Alsop has been appointed as new Chief Conductor from the 1st of September 2019.

All of its performances are broadcast over radio, particularly on Österreich 1, but also internationally. For the past several years, one has been able to hear each and every RSO concert across the globe on the internet for one week after the initial broadcast. Through the growing presence on European television, as well as the collaboration with the FM4 young people's station, the Vienna RSO is constantly reaching out to new music lovers.

The Vienna RSO regularly performs on two subscription series in the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus. In addition, the orchestra appears annually at major Austrian and international festivals. The Vienna RSO has close ties to the Salzburg Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, Wien Modern, and ‘musikprotokoll im steierischen herbst’, which provides a platform for the performance of new and experimental music. Tours to Japan and China are a regular part of the Vienna RSO schedule as well. The orchestra has also concertised in the USA and South America, Thailand and Taiwan. Most recent tours have taken the Vienna RSO to the Berlin, Cologne and Essen Philharmonic Halls, the Alte Opera in Frankfurt, and the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf. Since 2007, the Vienna RSO has successfully collaborated with the Theater an der Wien, thereby gaining an excellent reputation as an opera orchestra. Yet the Vienna RSO is also entirely at home in the film music genre. Every year, the Vienna RSO is conducted by composers who have won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures. In 2012, the Vienna RSO recorded the soundtrack to the film, »Die Vermessung der Welt« (Measuring the World).

The Vienna RSO has initiated a broad-based educational programme. It is comprised of workshops for children and young people, as well as the »Mitten in my RSO«, »my RSO Musiklabor«, and »Klassische Verführung« concert series. Highly talented musicians have been admitted to the very own RSO orchestra academy since 1997.

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien beim Beethovenfest





8:00 pm

Freedom, idiosyncrasy – revolution

  • ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
  • Michael Boder conductor
Works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Gerhard E. Winkler
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«






6:00 pm

Closing Concert: ‘For future ages’

  • ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
  • Michael Boder Conductor
Works by Morton Feldman and Anton Bruckner
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«