Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

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Founded in 1929 as one of the first radio symphony orchestras in Germany, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony (hr-Sinfonieorchester) has successfully negotiated the delicate balancing act between preserving tradition and meeting the challenges of a modern top-ranking orchestra. Its artistic profile is defined by series of concerts with highly diverse programmes, in which symphonic performance meets music from an earlier time and projects aimed at younger audiences meet Modern music.

With international guest performances an award-winning CD releases the symphony orchestra of the Hessischer Rundfunk (German Public Radio of Hesse) has an outstanding reputation worldwide. Regular tours to Japan, Korea and China are as much an integral part of its activities as its continued presence in important concert halls across Europe, for example, in Budapest, Madrid, Prague, Salzburg and Vienna.

Famed for its outstanding wind section, its rich string sound and its culture of dynamic performances, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony now offers a broad spectrum of styles. Together with its Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the ensemble is associated not only with musical excellence but also with an interesting and varied repertoire.

Rising to prominence with its ground-breaking CD recordings, which set new standards in the Romantic and Late Romantic repertoire, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony is considered an internationally leading Mahler and Bruckner Orchestra. This musical tradition, initiated by Eliahu Inbal, has shone through under the aegis of Music Directors Dmitri Kitaenko and Hugh Wolff into the musical work of Paavo Järvi, the current Conductor Laureate.

From its very inception, the orchestra displayed a firm commitment to both traditional and contemporary music under its first Music Director Hans Rosbaud. Following the war and during reconstruction, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony grew with Kurt Schröder, Winfried Zillig and Otto Matzerath at the helm, finally achieving international standing between the 1960s and 1980s under Dean Dixon and Eliahu Inbal, with guest performances worldwide and the production of multi-award-winning records.

< Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Music Director >
Andrés Orozco-Estrada has been Music Director of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony (hr-Sinfonieorchester) since 2014. Since 2014 he is also Music Director of the Houston Symphony. In 2015 he was elected furthermore Principal Guest Conductor by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Starting with the 2021/22 season, he will take over the position of Music Director of the Vienna Symphony.

Born in 1977 in Colombia and trained in Vienna, Andrés Orozco-Estrada is one of the most sought after conductors of his generation of today. He is working regularly with the world’s most renowned orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France and the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Rom and the Symphony Orchestras in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Philadelphia.

From 2009 to 2015 Andrés Orozco-Estrada was Principal Conductor of the Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra. In 2014 he made his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival and in 2015 at the Salzburg Festival. In 2017 he made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 2017, he also conducted the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, Colombia’s outstanding youth orchestra, in eight concerts on their European debut tour.

Andrés Orozco-Estradas first CD releases with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Stravinsky’s ?Firebird? and ?The Rite of Spring? as well as ?Ein Heldenleben?, ?Macbeth? and the opera ?Salome? as part of their joint Richard Strauss cycle, received international attention.

Born in Medellín , Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his musical studies on the violin and had his first conducting lessons at the age of 15. In 1997 he moved to Vienna, where he joined the conducting class of Uroš Lajovic, a pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky, at the renowned Vienna Music Academy.


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