Artists biographies
MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra

The oldest radio orchestra in Germany presents itself today as one of the most lively and innovative in Europe. With a regular presence on radio, television and internet, the orchestra pleases a broad audience with its concerts, both in its own transmission area and beyond. The orchestra is heard globally via the European Broadcasting Union, on tour and with guest appearances, most recently in Paris and Vienna. Following in the foosteps of, among others, Hermann Abendroth, Herbert Kegel, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild, Fabio Luisi and Jun Märkl, Kristjan Järvi has led the orchestra as principal conductor since the 2012/13 season, broadening its profile through programmatic impulses and innovative concepts. Since the 2014/15 season, he has produced the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra festivals: in a variety of venues within Leipzig and its transmission region, it presents a curious and interested audience with a richly-faceted genre-spanning repertoire in new formats. The MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra is rooted in the states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, a region whose musical landscape can boast composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Wagner, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt and Kurt Weill. The MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra carries the innovative spirit of these composers into the present-day: the latest music and genre-transcending experiments are as much part of this as are lively performances of traditional repertoires. Concerts with artists such as Anouschka Shankar, Steve Reich, Hauschka, Múm, Julia Fischer, Angelika Kirchschlager, Renaud Capuçon, Patricia Petibon, Alexander Toradze, Sarah Chang and Jean-Yves Thibaudet reflect the diversity of its repertoire.

Renowned conductors repeatedly stand on the orchestra’s rostrum. In recent years these have included Roger Norrington, Adam Fischer, Krzysztof Urbański, Tan Dun, Stefan Asbury, James Gaffigan, Markus Stenz and Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

The MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra has also recorded countless soundtracks, such as for Tom Twyker’s films ‘Cloud Atlas’ and ‘Hologram for a King’, the film ‘The Boy’ by the Sundance Prizewinner Craig McNeill and for the series ‘Sense8’ by Andy and Lana Wachowski, as well as films for the younger generation – such as ‘Bibi und Tina 3’ and ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’.