Earlier Chief Conductors, including Sergiu Celibidache, Rolf Kleinert, Heinz Rögner and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, helped to shape a body of sound sharing in the changing circumstances of 20th century German history in a remarkable way. Important composers have come to the conductor’s podium in person: Paul Hindemith, Sergei Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, Arnold Schönberg, Igor Stravinsky, and more recently Krzysztof Penderecki, Peter Ruzicka and Jörg Widmann. In recent years Jakub Hrůša, Omer Meir Wellber, Alondra de la Parra, Lahav Shani and Karina Canellakis have given their Berlin debuts conducting the RSB.
As a member of the Rundfunk-Orchester und -Chöre GmbH Berlin (roc berlin) the RSB enjoys close links to Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Deutschlandfunk and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, ensuring radio transmission of most concerts and positive effects in CD production.
For more than 50 years now, the RSB has been a regular guest in Japan and Korea, as well as at German and European festivals, and music centres all over the world.