BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Chief Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Associate Principal Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Conductor Laureate: Jerzy Maksymiuk
Composer in Association: Jonathan Harvey
Resident Composer: Anna Meredith


Broadcasting House, Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow G12 8DG, Scotland, UK

Telephone: 0141 338 2606
Fax: 0141 307 4312

Web: www.bbc.co.uk/bbcsso
Email: bbcsso@bbc.co.uk

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, recipient of many awards, including the Royal Philharmonic Society’s orchestral award, two Gramophone Awards and a Grammy nomination, is now enjoying the most successful period in its history. Founded in 1935, the orchestra has appeared in most of the great musical centres of Europe, and has toured the United States and China. At home it performs all over Scotland, and is in demand at leading festivals such as Edinburgh, Bath, Cheltenham and Huddersfield, and it plays every summer at the BBC Proms. It takes live music to several towns across Scotland every season, and has been a frequent visitor to the St. Magnus Festival in Orkney. Most of its concerts and studio recordings are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and every year it produces a number of CDs for Hyperion.

Ilan Volkov, winner of 2004’s Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Young Artist, took over from Osmo Vänskä as Chief Conductor at the beginning of 2003. From September 2005 the orchestra will have a permanent new home in the restored City Hall in Glasgow's historic Merchant City. Famed for its fine acoustic, the hall is being developed as a major centre for music performance and education. The BBC SSO is especially active in commissioning and promoting new music, having worked with many leading composers over the years from Britten and Shostakovich to Kurtág and Tan Dun, and it is especially proud of its support for Scottish composers.


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