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Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras.

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    Biography

    The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras. Formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra, the company became the Scottish National Orchestra in 1950, and was awarded Royal Patronage in 1977. Many renowned conductors have contributed to its success, including Sir John Barbirolli, Walter Susskind, Sir Alexander Gibson, Neeme Järvi, Walter Weller, Alexander Lazarev and Stéphane Denève.

    The Orchestra’s artistic team is led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård, who was appointed RSNO Music Director in 2018, having previously held the position of Principal Guest Conductor. Hong Kong- born conductor Elim Chan succeeds Søndergård as Principal Guest Conductor. Junping Qian completes the artistic team in the role of Assistant Conductor.

    The RSNO performs across Scotland and appears regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival, the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the St Magnus Festival, Orkney. The Orchestra also regularly tours internationally, most recently to the United States of America, China, and across Europe.

    The RSNO has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its recordings, receiving two Diapason d’or de l’année awards (Denève/Roussel 2007; Denève/Debussy 2012) and eight Grammy Award nominations. Over 200 releases are available, including Thomas Søndergård conducting Strauss (Ein Heldenleben, Der Rosenkavalier Suite) on Linn, the complete symphonies of Sibelius (Gibson), Prokofiev (Järvi), Glazunov (Serebrier), Nielsen and Martinů (Thomson), Roussel (Denève) and the major orches- tral works of Debussy (Denève).

    The RSNO’s pioneering learning and engagement programme, Music for Life, aims to engage the people of Scotland with music across key stages of life. The team is committed to placing the Orchestra at the centre of Scottish communities via community workshops and annual residencies across the length and breadth of the country.