Not long after it was established in 1949, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) developed into an internationally renowned orchestra.
On extensive concert tours to virtually every country in Europe, to Asia as well as to America, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks continually confirms its position in the first rank of top international orchestras. The history of the orchestra is closely linked with the names of its previous Chief Conductors: Eugen Jochum (1949–1960), Rafael Kubelík (1961–1979), Sir Colin Davis (1983–1992) and Lorin Maazel (1993–2002). In 2003, Mariss Jansons assumed his post as new Chief Conductor. With a number of CD releases, among others a series of live recordings of concerts in Munich, Mariss Jansons continues the orchestra’s extensive discography. Maestro Jansons, the Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks were honoured for their recording of the 13th Symphony of Shostakovich when they were awarded a Grammy in February of 2006. In December, 2008, a survey conducted by the British music magazine Gramophone listed the Symphonieorchesterdes Bayerischen Rundfunks among the ten best orchestras in the world. The complete Beethoven symphonies, performed by the Symphonieorchester under Mariss Jansons in Tokyo in the autumn of 2012, were voted by the Music Pen Club Japan as the best concerts by foreign artists in Japan in 2012.