75th anniversary of the Bavarian Radio Chorus

Moving concert experiences, exciting radio broadcasts, award-winning CD editions and close ties with world-class artists characterize the work of the renowned Bavarian Radio Chorus.

Celebrate the anniversary with us!

To the anniversary broadcasts

Howard Arman

Artistic Director of the Bavarian Radio Chorus

Howard Arman


Chief Conductors of the Bavarian Radio Chorus

When the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1949, Eugen Jochum also became chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Chorus. He held this post until 1960, but returned regularly thereafter to the podium of the BR Chorus and the BRSO.
Rafael Kubelík was chief conductor of the BR Chorus and BRSO from 1961 to 1979. Their last major projects were Mahler's "Resurrection Symphony" in 1982, Haydn's "Creation" in 1984 and Mozart's "Don Giovanni" in 1985.
From 1983 to 1992 Sir Colin Davis led the BR Chorus and the BRSO as chief conductor.
Lorin Maazel, chief conductor from 1993 to 2002, made his debut with the BR Chorus and BRSO as early as 1957 at the musica viva series. In 1996 Maazel conducted the opening of the Prinzregententheater with Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" and in 1997 the world premiere of Penderecki's Seventh Symphony ("The Seven Gates of Jerusalem") in Jerusalem.
In December 2019, an era ended with the sudden death of Mariss Jansons. Since 2003, the Latvian conductor had left his mark on the BR Chorus and BRSO in celebrated concerts not only in Munich, Lucerne and Tokyo.
Sir Simon Rattle’s debut with the BR Chorus and BRSO in 2010 was a performance of Schumann’s “Paradise and the Peri”. Now he will lead the two ensembles beginning with the 2023/24 concert season

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