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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Established in 1888, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra was granted its royal status in 1988 and is regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious symphony orchestras. Each of the six chief conductors has made his own significant contribution. During the fifty years of Willem Mengelberg’s reign, a wide variety of composers such as Richard Strauss, Debussy and Stravinsky conducted the Orchestra several times and Bartók, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev all performed their own works. The Mahler tradition, embedded in the many performances Mahler conducted personally, was continued with acclaimed performances by conductors Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Chailly.Eduard van Beinum drew particular attention to the music of Bruckner, another vital part of the Orchestra’s repertoire.

With the arrival of Mariss Jansons in 2004 a new phase started, with continued interest in composers such as Mahler, Bruckner and Strauss as well as Shostakovich and Messiaen. In Jansons’ first seasons as chief conductor, he conducted a broad repertoire ranging from Haydn and Mozart to contemporary Dutch compositions and a commissioned work by Henze.
World-famous guest conductors have included Arthur Nikisch, Karl Muck, Bruno Walter, Otto Klemperer, Rafael Kubelik, Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, Georg Solti, George Szell, Carlos Kleiber, Leonard Bernstein, Colin Davis, Kurt Sanderling, Kirill Kondrashin, Carlo Maria Giulini, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

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