Orchestra of the Philharmonic Society Budapest
The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (SOSR) was established in 1929 as the first professional symphony orchestra in Slovakia. The first official leader of the new radio orchestra was the Czech conductor František Dyk. The Orchestras beginning is marked by an extraordinary activity of Alexander Moyzes who has played an important role in its gradual artistic growth and line-up expansion. The list of SOSRs former conductors includes the names of Kornel Schimpl, František Babušek, Krešimir Baranović, Ľudovít Rajter, Richard Týnský, Ladislav Slovák, Bystrík Režucha, Otakar Trhlík, Ondrej Lenárd, Róbert Stankovský, Charles Olivieri Munroe and Oliver Dohnányi. The Orchestra is currently led by chief conductor Mario Košik, as well as conductor Adrián Kokoš
The first Slovakian professional symphonic ensemble has a venerable history of almost ninety years. During this time, it has released countless recordings for labels such as Opus, Supraphon, Naxos, Marco Polo or Arte Nove. Besides, SOSR also regularly engages in recording music for famous Slovak films, the most recent ones including "Rukojemník" or "Láska na vlásku".
In addition to regular concerts at home, the Orchestra also performes abroad - for instance in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Spain. In May 2014 SOSR gave concerts at the Viennese Musikverein and in Klagenfurt. In 2010 and 2014 the orchestra staged two big concert tours in Japan, with huge success.
Currently, SOSR offers interesting concerts under chief conductor Mario Košik, but also of under several guest conductors such as Yordan Kamdzhalov, David Porcelijn or Vladimir Spivakov. There are also several excellent soloists who have already performed with the Orchestra during this season or are yet to do so, for instance Daniel Ottensamer, Antonii Baryshevsky, Hibla Gerzmava, Yusif Eyvazov, Milan Paľa, Ladislav Fančovič and many more.
The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra with its musicians and chief conductor specializes in the repertoire of classicism and romanticism, but also 20th and 21st century music. Each of their concerts features works of Slovak composers, many of them being presented as premières.