The Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1945, is an indispensable part of the music scene of the Netherlands. The orchestra plays extraordinarily programmed symphonic concerts and concert opera performances. Dutch and world premieres comprise an important part of its repertoire. Most concerts are staged as part of the broadcast series in Utrecht (TivoliVredenburg) and Amsterdam (e.g. NTR ZaterdagMatinee in The Royal Concertgebouw) and are broadcast live on NPO Radio 4. The orchestra has managed to reach new music fans of all ages with the concert series Pieces of Tomorrow and Out of the Blue in TivoliVredenburg, and with lunch concerts at the Music Centre of the Dutch Public Broadcasting Organisation (Muziekcentrum van de Omroep) in Hilversum.
Markus Stenz has been the chief conductor since 2012. He was preceded by Albert van Raalte, Paul van Kempen, Bernard Haitink, Jean Fournet, Willem van Otterloo, Hans Vonk, Sergiu Comissiona, Edo de Waart and Jaap van Zweden. The orchestra has also worked with guest conductors such as Leopold Stokowski, Kirill Kondrashin, Antal Doráti, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Christoph Eschenbach, Pablo Heras-Casado, Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski and Valery Gergiev. The American James Gaffigan has been a permanent guest conductor since the 2011-2012 season. Bernard Haitink’s name has been attached to the orchestra as a patron.
In 2014, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra was awarded an Edison Classical Oeuvre Prize for its contributions to the Dutch music scene. As a key player of the Concertgebouw, the orchestra – together with The Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor) – received the Concertgebouw Prize in September 2017, after previous winners such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Yo-Yo Ma, Janine Jansen and Thomas Hampson.
Photo by Daniel Forniés Sòria
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