In 1993, the orchestra was renamed Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
. In part the change was necessary to avoid confusion with another Berlin ensemble, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, often listed on recordings and in catalogs in German as Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. And here is where the confusion worsens: this latter group is often now mistakenly listed on Internet sites, in reference works, and in catalogs as the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Actually, such a translation of their German name would normally be quite acceptable.
In any event, the new Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin
was led by music director Vladimir Ashkenazy
and had as its principal guest conductor Gunter Wand. The former became music director in 1989 when he succeeded Ricardo Chailly. The orchestra plays subscription series at both the Philharmonie in Berlin and at the Konzerthaus, located in the former East Berlin. Eliahu Inbal
, Gerd Albrecht, Lothar Zagrosek, and other distinguished conductors have frequently led the orchestra. Zagrosek made several important recordings with the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin
for Decca Records. The group has also recorded for Denon, Orfeo
, and CPO
. Following the tenure of Ingo Metzmacher
from 2007 to 2010, Tugan Sokhiev
was named as the principle conductor and artistic director, with a contract beginning in 2012.