RSO Guest Conductors

The first important conductors to work with the RSO regularly were Hans Müller-Kray and Carl Schuricht. From the orchestra’s early years on, a large number of internationally renowned guest conductors have given concerts with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, such as Ernest Ansermet, Sir John Barbirolli, Karl Böhm, Ferenc Fricsay, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Erich Kleiber, Hans Knappertsbusch and Leopold Stokowski; later guest conductors have included Sir George Solti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Herbert Blomstedt, Erich Leinsdorf, Ferdinand Leitner, Carlos Kleiber, Gary Bertini and Kurt Sanderling.

In the present times conductors like Daniel Harding, Olari Elts and Gustavo Dudamel started working with the Stuttgart RSO. First-class soloists from all generations have given concerts with the Stuttgart RSO, among them Alfred Brendel, Maria Callas, Wolfgang Windgassen, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Arthur Grumiaux, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gidon Kremer, Mauricio Pollini, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Tabea Zimmermann, Hilary Hahn, Matthias Goerne, Joshua Bell, Hélène Grimaud, Julia Fischer and Rolando Villazón to name but a few.

Today the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Permanent Guest Conductors are Andrey Boreyko and Peter Eötvös. Each of them has, by his regular work with the orchestra and his own special focal points in the repertoire, help to shape the image of the orchestra. Andrey Boreyko, the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, focuses on 20th century music – especially on the works of Dmitri Shostakovich (centenary in 2006) – and on a wide range of styles in contemporary music in general. In June 2004 Boreyko recorded Arvo Pärt’s composition “Lamentate” for piano and orchestra with the Stuttgart RSO as a world premiere recording (released on the label ECM). Peter Eötvös enriches the RSO’s concert programmes with his interpretations of modern music and by his expert skills at communicating music, verbally as well. His recording of Bartók’s opera Duke Bluebirds Castle with the Stuttgart RSO has been nominated for the “GRAMMY 2004” award.

The RSO has also worked together with Heinz Holliger for many years; in addition to Holliger’s own compositions, the focus has regularly been on the works of composers dear to Holliger’s heart, such as Olivier Messiaen and Charles Koechlin. His intensive work on Koechlin’s oeuvre culminated in 2002 in a film portrait of Koechlin’s life for the TV channel arte, for which Holliger recorded exemplary extracts from the composer’s music. Four CDs with orchestral works by Koechlin were released by SWRmusic, this series will be continued in the future.