Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin © Kai BienertOn Tour 12.02.20-19.02.20

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  • Jan Lisiecki

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Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

For almost 70 years the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin) has distinguished itself as one of Germany's leading orchestras. The number of renowned music directors, the scope and variety of its work, and its particular emphasis on modern and...

For almost 70 years the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin) has distinguished itself as one of Germany's leading orchestras. The number of renowned music directors, the scope and variety of its work, and its particular emphasis on modern and contemporary music, makes the ensemble unique. Founded as the RIAS Symphony Orchestra in 1946, it was renamed the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin in 1956 and has borne its current name since 1993.

As the first music director, Ferenc Fricsay defined the standards in terms of repertoire, acoustic ideal and media presence. In 1964, the young Lorin Maazel assumed artistic responsibility. In 1982, he was followed by Riccardo Chailly and in 1989 by Vladimir Askenazy. Kent Nagano was appointed music director in 2000. Since his departure in 2006, he has been associated with the orchestra as an honorary conductor.


From 2007 to 2010, as the successor to Nagano, Ingo Metzmacher set decisive accents in the concert life of the capital with progressive programmes and consistent commitment to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since September 2012, the North Ossetian Tugan Sokhiev has been music director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; his successor Robin Ticciati will take on the position starting with the season of 2017-18.

Apart from its concerts in Berlin, the DSO is also present in many guest appearances in international music life. The orchestra has held performances in the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, the Near, Middle and Far East. The DSO is also in demand worldwide with many award-winning CD recordings. In 2011, it was awarded a Grammy Award for the best opera recording for the production of Kaija Saariaho's ›L'amour de loin‹ conducted by Kent Nagano. After the recording of ›Ivan the Terrible‹ in June of 2014 the orchestra released its second production under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev in March of 2015 with Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony and ›Scythian Suite‹.

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin is an ensemble of the Radio Orchestra and Choirs GmbH (roc berlin). The shareholders are Deutschlandradio, the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Berlin and Radio Berlin-Brandenburg.

SEASON 2015/2016

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Conductor

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Robin Ticciati

Robin Ticciati is Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since season 2009/10 and the Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera since Summer 2014. From the 2017-18 season he will assume the Music Directorship of the Deutsches...

Robin Ticciati is Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since season 2009/10 and the Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera since Summer 2014. From the 2017-18 season he will assume the Music Directorship of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for an initial five-year term.

 


 

Guest conducting projects over the next two seasons include return engagements with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Staatskapelle Dresden, DSO-Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Wiener Symphoniker, Swedish Radio Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He will embark on an extensive European tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Anne-Sophie Mutter to cities including Vienna (Musikverein), Berlin (Philharmonie), Munich (Gasteig) and Paris (Theatre des Champs Elysees).

 

For his first two seasons as Glyndebourne Music Director, Robin Ticciati conducted new productions of Rosenkavalier and Finta Giardiniera, Entführung and a revival of a Ravel double-bill with L’Heure Espagnole and L’Enfant et les Sortileges. His third season will see him conduct a new production of La clemenza di Tito. Aside from Glyndebourne, recent opera projects include new productions of Peter Grimes at la Scala Milan, Nozze di Figaro at the Salzburg Festival, Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House, and a Metropolitan Opera debut with Hänsel und Gretel. He will return to the Met in Spring 2017 with a production of Onegin.

 

Robin Ticciati is in his 8th season as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. His season 2016/17 with the SCO will seek to grow their focus on living composers both from Britain and further afield, as well as the music of Mozart, Strauss and Bruckner. This season will seem them touring to Europe and Asia and appearing at the Edinburgh International Festival. Their latest recording for Linn Records, which features Haydn symphonies, was released in September 2015 to rave reviews, with particular praise for its energy and the originality of its programming. The other three albums they have recorded for Linn - two Berlioz discs (Symphonie Fantastique; Les Nuits d'Été and La Mort de Cléopâtre) and a double album featuring Schumann’s four symphonies - have attracted unanimous critical acclaim.

 

Robin Ticciati’s discography also includes Berlioz Roméo et Juliette and L'Enfance du Christ with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Linn), Dvorak’s Symphony No.9, Bruckner’s Mass No.3 and a Brahms disc with the Bamberger Symphoniker and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Tudor), as well as a number of opera releases on Opus Arte and on Glyndebourne’s own label.

 

Born in London, Robin Ticciati is a violinist, pianist and percussionist by training. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain when he turned to conducting, aged 15, under the guidance of Sir Colin Davis and Sir Simon Rattle. He was recently appointed ‘Sir Colin Davis Fellow of Conducting’ by the Royal Academy of Music.

 

SEASON 2016/2017

Soloist

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Jan Lisiecki, Piano

Just 22, pianist Jan Lisiecki is recognized as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Acclaimed for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound and poetic sensibility, he is “a pianist who makes every note count.” (The New York Times)....

Just 22, pianist Jan Lisiecki is recognized as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Acclaimed for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound and poetic sensibility, he is “a pianist who makes every note count.” (The New York Times). Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age.


 

Lisiecki performs with the world’s most prestigious orchestras on major stages, and has cultivated relationships with prominent conductors including Sir Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, and Pinchas Zukerman. His fourth album for Deutsche Grammophon presents Chopin’s seldom performed works for piano and orchestra with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Krzysztof Urbański. For this recording, Jan received the ECHO Klassik in August 2017, Germany’s most significant classical music award.

 

An example of recent highlights include his BBC Proms debut with Sir Antonio Pappano at Royal Albert Hall, his debut in the main auditorium at New York’s Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra, performances with the New York Philharmonic and Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, subscription debuts with Cleveland Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony and a performance in the opening festival of the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. He just recently made his debut with Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017/18, Jan will open the season with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, return to DSO Berlin and Santa Cecilia and perform with Boston Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.

In 2013 he became the youngest ever recipient of Gramophone’s Young Artist award, and also received the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Jan Lisiecki is an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon.

 

“Jan Lisiecki. Remember the name.” - The Financial Times.

 

SEASON 2017/2018

 

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