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Thursday, April 17, 2014

RSO Frankfurt: New Season with Andrés Oroco-Estrada

The 2014/15 concert season marks the beginning of a new era, evident in the first official concert of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. The new Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada is celebrating his début with an open-air concert. Artist in Residence is the Moldavian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who will be giving guest performances in four concert programmes.
Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada
“For me, how we play is crucial. To my way of thinking, we must play with soul, devotion, energy and spontaneity, always at a high technical level and with an understanding of the appropriate style. It is also very important to me to cultivate a close relationship with the audience”, explains Orozco-Estrada. This attitude is also embodied in the free open-air concert in the centre of Frankfurt. Orozco-Estrada will conduct four concert programmes in Frankfurt's Alte Oper. He maintains the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra's Mahler tradition with the composer's Third Symphony. He will also present such masterpieces as Brahms' First Symphony, Berlioz's “Symphonie fantastique”, and Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring”. He will conduct a programme of Strauss, Wagner and Mendelssohn at the Rheingau Music Festival in Eberbach Abbey in August 2014. At the same venue in June 2015 he will open the Rheingau Music Festival 2015 with Rossini's “Stabat Mater” and excerpts from Wagner's “Parsifal” and “Tannhäuser”.

80 Concerts – broadcast on radio, TV, and internetThe Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra will give a total of 80 concerts in the coming concert season. The concerts will be broadcast on hr2-kultur and for the most part also transmitted internationally through the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Furthermore, all Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra concerts in the Alte Oper are available as a video livestream on-line at and

Patricia Kopatchinskaja is the new Artist in Residence
The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja already has strong ties with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra: a double CD with works by Bartók, Eötvös and Ligeti brought them a veritable cascade of awards. “I have so many happy memories of the orchestra, and so I am very much looking forward to us working together once more. The attraction of a residency is being able to present a broader range of music, and to become a part of a musical family,” explains the violinist.

High calibre guest conductors and sought-after soloistsThe long-standing Music Directorand current Conductor Laureate Paavo Järvi will perform a multifaceted programme of Schumann, Beethoven and Shostakovitch this season with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Further guest conductors joining the orchestra include Neeme Järvi, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck and Ton Koopman. Big names feature on the list of soloists: Anna Larsson, Nathalie Stutzmann, Nicholas Angelich and Gautier Capuçon are returning to the orchestra, in addition to soloists such as James Ehnes, Jorge Luis Prats and renowned actors including Thomas Thieme, André Jung and Udo Wachtveitl who will give guest performances.

The orchestra academy supports new talentThe start of the 2014/15 season brings with it the start of the recently founded Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra Academy. Initially five stipendiaries will be trained in the programme, rising to ten in the medium term. The academy's objective is to train especially talented young instrumentalists and to prepare them for success in renowned orchestras.

The Frankfurt Radio Symphony OrchestraThe Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester) is one of the best European orchestras. Highly qualified and musically flexible, this German radio orchestra with over 80 years of history to its name now performs music of all styles and epochs ranging from baroque to contemporary avant-garde. Through its wide-ranging concerts and award-winning CD recordings it enjoys great international success and is an honoured guest on renowned stages across the globe, including the London Proms, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, Budapest and Prague, as well as in Japan and China. Having gained recognition through its standard-setting CD productions of the Romantic and Late Romantic repertoire in the 1980s, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra has been regarded for decades as one of the leading international Mahler and Bruckner orchestras and with its new Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada it now stands for both musical excellence and a significant and wide-ranging repertoire.

The full programme for the season and concert brochures are available for download at

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