Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO)
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Founded1946; 78 years ago (1946)
LocationBerlin, Germany
Concert hallPhilharmonie Berlin
Principal conductorRobin Ticciati
WebsiteOfficial website

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO) is a German broadcast orchestra based in Berlin. The orchestra performs its concerts principally in the Philharmonie Berlin. The orchestra is administratively based at the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) Fernsehzentrum in Berlin.


The orchestra was founded in 1946 by American occupation forces as the RIAS Symphonie-Orchester (RIAS, Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor / "Radio In the American Sector"). It was also known as the American Sector Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra's first principal conductor was Ferenc Fricsay. In 1956 it was renamed the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin), and in 1993 took on its present name.

Between the chief conductorships of Lorin Maazel and Riccardo Chailly, the orchestra did not have a single chief conductor. The major conductors who worked with the orchestra during this period, from 1976 to 1982, were Erich Leinsdorf, Eugen Jochum, Gerd Albrecht, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Neville Marriner. The orchestra returned to having a single chief conductor in 1982 with Riccardo Chailly. Ingo Metzmacher became principal conductor as of the 2007–2008 season, with an original initial contract until 2011. However, after reports of disputes over financing and a threatened reduction in the size of the orchestra, in March 2009, Metzmacher announced his early resignation from the DSO-Berlin principal conductorship as of the summer of 2010.[1][2] His final concerts as the orchestra's principal conductor were in June 2010 in Berlin[3] and in August 2010 at The Proms.[4] In September 2010, the DSO-Berlin announced the appointment of Tugan Sokhiev as its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, as of 2012, with a contract of 4 years.[5] Sokhiev concluded his DSO-Berlin tenure after the 2015–2016 season.[6]

In October 2014, Robin Ticciati made his first guest-conducting appearance with the DSO-Berlin.[7] In October 2015, the orchestra named Ticciati its next principal conductor, effective with the 2017–2018 season, with an initial contract of 5 years.[8] In September 2020, the DSO Berlin announced the extension of Ticciati's contract through 2027.[9] In March 2023, a news report indicated that Ticciati is to stand down as principal conductor of the orchestra in 2025,[10] two years ahead of his previously announced contract extension.[11]

The DSO-Berlin has recorded commercially for such labels as Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical and Harmonia Mundi.[12][13][14][15] In 2011, the orchestra won a Grammy Award for its recording of Kaija Saariaho's L'amour de loin, conducted by Kent Nagano.

Principal conductors

Conductors laureate


  1. ^ Manuel Brug (26 March 2009). "Dirigent Ingo Metzmacher hört beim DSO auf". Die Welt. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  2. ^ Manuel Brug (4 May 2009). "'Es tut mir leid – für Orchester und Publikum'". Die Welt. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  3. ^ Matthias Nöther (16 June 2010). "Ein Vorbild im Zweifeln: Ingo Metzmacher gibt sein Abschiedskonzert beim DSO". Berliner Zeitung. Archived from the original on 10 September 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  4. ^ Tim Ashley (11 August 2010). "DSO Berlin/Metzmacher (Royal Albert Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  5. ^ Peter Uehling (7 September 2010). "DSO-Chef: Wunschkandidat Sokhiev wird's". Berliner Zeitung. Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  6. ^ Frederik Hanssen (8 October 2014). "Tugan Sokhiev verlässt Berlin". Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  7. ^ Felix Stephan (1 October 2014). "Dirigent Robin Ticciati feiert sein Debüt in Berlin". Berliner Morgenpost. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Robin Ticciati named Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin". Gramophone. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Robin Ticciati renews his contract until 2027" (Press release). Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. 16 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  10. ^ Frederik Hanssen (30 March 2023). "Dirigent Robin Ticciati: Time To Say Goodbye". Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 4 April 2023.
  11. ^ "Ticciati weg uit Berlijn, Orozco-Estrada naar Gürzenich". NPO Radio 4. 4 April 2023. Retrieved 4 April 2023.
  12. ^ Tim Ashley (10 March 2005). "Mahler: Symphony No 8, Greenberg/ Dawson/ Matthews/ Koch/ Manistina/ Gambill/ Roth/ Rootering/ Berlin Radio Chorus/ MDR Radio Chorus Leipzig/ Windsbacher Children's Choir/ Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/ Nagano". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  13. ^ Tim Ashley (13 January 2006). "Wolf: Orchestral Songs, Banse/ Henschel/ Berlin Radio Choir/ Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/ Nagano". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  14. ^ Tim Ashley (12 January 2007). "Jolivet: Violin Concerto; Chausson: Poème, Faust/ Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/ Letonja". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  15. ^ Anthony Holden (8 July 2007). "Classical CDs". The Observer. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  16. ^ a b "Conductors Laureate". Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Retrieved 15 January 2024.

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