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Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1929 as the first professional musical ensemble fulfilling the needs of radio broadcasting in Slovakia. The first conductors already placed particular emphasis on contemporary Slovak music in their programmes, resulting in a close connection with leading Slovak composers, including Alexander Moyzes, Eugen Suchoň, Jan Cikker and others. The original ensemble was gradually enlarged and from 1942, thanks to Alexander Moyzes, the then Director of Music at Slovak Radio, regular symphony concerts were given, broadcast live by Slovak Radio. From 1943 to 1946 the Croatian Krešimir Baranovič was the chief conductor of the orchestra, to which he made a vital contribution. His successors were Lǔdovit Rajter, Ladislav Slovak, Vaclav Jiraček, Otakar Trhlik, Bystrik Režucha and Ondrej Lenard, whose successful performances and recordings from 1977 to 1990 helped the orchestra to establish itself as an internationally known concert ensemble. His successor Robert Stankovsky continued this work until his unexpected death at the age of 36. Charles Olivieri-Munroe held the position of chief conductor from 2001 to 2003. Oliver von Dohnányi was chief conductor of the orchestra from 2006 to 2007, and regular live concerts have continued under the young Slovak conductor Mario Košik. Through its broadcasts and many recordings the orchestra has also become a part of concert life abroad, with successful tours to Austria, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Bulgaria, Spain, Japan, Great Britain



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