Symfonický orchestr Českého rozhlasu

The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the most eminent Czech orchestra’s today. From the 2018–2019 season the role of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director is taken by the leading German conductor Alexander Liebreich. Marek Šedivý occupies the post of Principal Guest Conductor.

For the upcoming season the PRSO has invited a number of excellent soloists from abroad f. e. the violinist Leila Josefowicz and Sergey Khachatryan, who is the PRSO season's soloist-in-residence. The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra will welcome, among others, violoncellist István Várdai, pianist Jean Efflam-Bavouzet, conductors Olari Elts and Anu Tali, horn player Radek Baborák, but also jazzman Avishai Cohen.

In recent years the orchestra has worked with top Czech and foreign conductors, such as Petr Altrichter, Jiří Bělohlávek, Tomáš Hanuš, Jakub Hrůša, Tomáš Netopil, Stephan Asbury, John Axelrod, Ion Marin and Michał Nesterowicz, or Wayne Marshall.

The soloists that the PRSO has accompanied include the pianist Krystian Zimerman, violist Pierre Amoyal, violoncellist Gautier Capucon, Alban Gerhardt and Steven Isserlis, trombonist Christian Lindberg, singers Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, José Cura, Juan Diego Flórez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, or Jonas Kaufmann. Let´s name even the Czech artists Lukáš Vondráček, Jan Bartoš, Tomáš Jamník, Ivan Kahánek, Jan Mráček, Adam Plachetka, Simona Šaturová, Kateřina Kněžíková, Petr Nekořánec, or Vilém Veverka. The orchestra regularly orders and performs pieces of leading Czech contemporary composers f. e. Pavel Zemek Novák, Jan Ryant Dřízal, Miroslav Srnka, or Jiří Kadeřábek.

Symfonický orchestr Československého rozhlasu

The PRSO’s recording work is also noteworthy. Its most recent output includes a Janáček trilogy conducted by Tomáš Netopil on the Supraphon label. Two of those releases were named Editor’s Choice by the prestigious magazine Gramophone. The first complete recordings of Miloslav Kabeláč’s eight symphonies (Supraphon, 2016) ranked as a singular achievement, as did the recording of all of Martinů’s piano concertos (Radioservis, 2016).

The PRSO offers audiences concerts within season-ticket serie at the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Hall, Forum Karlín and Convent of Saint Agnes in Prague. The PRSO is an often guest of Czech significant festivals f. e. Prague Spring International Music Festival, The Dvořák Prague Festival, Smetana´s Litomyšl, Leoš Janáček International Music Festival, or The International Music Festival Český Krumlov. The orchestra is a regular guest at international venues throughout Europe and in Japan.