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Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra)

Formed: 1969

Artist's website: https://rso.orf.at/en/rsowien

The Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (German: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, or RSO Wien) is the orchestra of the Austrian national broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF). Founded in 1969 with the name of the ORF-Symphonieorchester (ORF Symphony Orchestra), it is the only radio orchestra in the country. It acquired its current name in 2009.

The orchestra performs in a number of venues, including the following:

Radiokulturhaus, Vienna Konzerthaus, Vienna Theater an der Wien Musikverein

Unlike most other Austrian orchestras, the RSO Wien has a substantial focus on contemporary classical music.

Milan Horvat was the orchestra's first chief conductor, from 1969 to 1975. During the tenure of Bertrand de Billy as chief conductor, from 2002 to 2010, he had disputes with management over funding and the continuing status of the orchestra.

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