The Münchner Rundfunkorchester was founded in 1952 and in the over sixty-five years which followed it advanced to a position as an ensemble with a wide ranging artistic spectrum.
Concert performances of operas with outstanding singers at the Sunday Concerts, and the “Paradisi gloria” series with 20th and 21st century sacred music are just as much a part of its activities as are children’s and young people’s concerts with accompanying educational programs, entertaining theme programs under the title: “Wednesdays at 7:30” or performances of music from film scores. The Chief Conductors of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester have included Kurt Eichhorn, Giuseppe Patane, Roberto Abbado and Marcello Viotti. From 2006 to 2017, Ulf Schirmer serves as Artistic Director of the orchestra. This position was taken over by Ivan Repušic´ in autumn 2017. With a repertoire that, among other things, includes rediscoveries in the area of opera and operetta, Ulf Schirmer set trends in programme content. In addition to its duties at its home base, the orchestra also makes regular appearances at guest concerts and in conjunction with such well-known festivals as the Salzburg Festival and the Richard Strauss Festival. On occasions like these, it has collaborated with major artists like Edita Gruberova, Diana Damrau or the cellist Mischa Maisky. At the Salzburg Festival it has accompanied among others Anna Netrebko, Juan Diego Florez, Rolando Villazon and Placido Domingo.