The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the most eminent Czech orchestra’s today. Its Chief Conductor since 2011 has been Ondrej Lenárd, who has built on the more than quarter-century era of Vladimír Válek. At present its principal Guest Conductor is Tomáš Brauner. From the 2018–2019 season the role of Chief Conductor and artistic director will be taken by the leading German conductor Alexander Liebreich. Marek Šedivý will occupy the post of Principal Guest Conductor.
In recent years the orchestra has worked with top Czech and foreign conductors, such as Petr Altrichter, Jiří Bělohlávek, Tomáš Hanus, Jakub Hrůša, Tomáš Netopil, Stephan Asbury, Alexander Liebreich, Ion Marin and Michał Nesterowicz.
The soloists that the PRSO has accompanied include Pierre Amoyal, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Gautier Capuçon, Sergey Khachatryan, Christian Lindberg and István Várdai, while it has also worked with such singers as Elīna Garanča, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Jonas Kaufmann. Its Czech collaborators include such names as Jan Bartoš, Tomáš Jamník, Ivo Kahánek, Jan Mráček, Adam Plachetka and Lukáš Vondráček. The orchestra regularly commissions and performs pieces by eminent contemporary composers, among them Jan Ryant Dřízal, Jan Klusák and Miroslav Srnka.
The PRSO was established in 1926, three years after the foundation of the Czechoslovak RadioFoto: Archiv Českého 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 orchestra also recorded in a world premiere Dvořák’s Alfred and an album showcasing Vienna State Opera soloist Adam Plachetka.
The PRSO offers audiences concerts within season-ticket series at the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Hall, the Smetana Hall at the Municipal House, Forum Karlín and Studio 1 at the building of Czech Radio. The orchestra is a regular guest at international venues throughout Europe and in Japan.
In the 2017–2018 concert season the PRSO will welcome such eminent performers as conductor Risto Joost, cellist Steven Isserlis, viola player Maxim Rysanov, violinists Jan Mráček and Sergei Krylov and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani.