The RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra (Slovene: Simfonični orkester RTV Slovenija) is a radio orchestra established in 1956 within Radiotelevizija Slovenija. The Orchestra followed the name change of the National Radio and TV Station from RTV Ljubljana to RTV Slovenija. In its 50-year history, it contributed a significant amount to archive recordings, composed by Slovenian composers, as well as contemporary and classical music from all over the world. The current chief conductor is the Bulgarian-American Rossen Milanov. For the 2019/2020 season, Milanov follows the 12-year tenure of En Shao.
Rossen Milanov and musicians from three of his orchestras - Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra - offered a Global Pandemic tribute for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.
The origin of The Symphony Orchestra RTV Slovenia date back to 1955 when it was conducted by the academy of music's professor, the violin virtuoso and composer Uroš Prevoršek. The Orchestra was later conducted by Samo Hubad, Stanislav Macura, Anton Nanut and Lior Shambadal.
In September 2003, David de Villiers became the orchestra's chief conductor, and in Autumn 2006, the baton was taken over by the English conductor of the Chinese origin En Shao. All of them have taken the orchestra to an envying level of quality and creativity. The Symphony Orchestra RTV Slovenia's main activity is concert records where professional quality is shown. The orchestra performs an extensive and rich repertoire from baroque to modern symphony music, opera, oratorio and cantata, stage and film music, mostly with a stress on the creativity of Slovene music.
In the past years, it attracted most attention at the concerts with the bands Siddharta and Terrafolk, where it engaged in the so-called crossover projects. We should also mention several concert pearls of the past year - the concert of the Symphony Orchestra RTV Slovenia with the famous pianist Ivo Pogorelić and the extraordinary concert on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Anton Nanut, the long-year artistic leader and chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra RTV Slovenia, with the guest Irena Grafenauer, one of the most respectable flutists in the world.
Current concertmasters (as of 2014): Benjamin Ziervogel and Kana Matsui.