Today, Germany’s oldest radio orchestra presents itself as one of the liveliest and most innovative in Europe. In addition to its regular presence on the radio, television, and the Web, the orchestra delights a wide public with its concerts in the area served by MDR, and beyond. On a worldwide scale, the orchestra can be heard via the European Broadcasting Union (EBU/ UER), on tour, and at guest performances. Recordings of the MDR LEIPZIG RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA are being released by MDR Klassik, Neos, Naxos, SONY Classical, DG, Naϊve and other.
As a successor to Hermann Abendroth, Herbert Kegel, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild, Fabio Luisi, and Jun Märkl, Kristjan Järvi has since the season 2012/13 been the orchestra’s Principal Conductor, broadening its profile through new programmatic impulses and innovative concepts. In respect thereof, both were given the European Culture Award in 2013. From the 2014/15 season onward, Kristjan Järvi has been in charge of establishing and curating the festivals of the MDR LEIPZIG RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: at the most different venues in the city of Leipzig, he presents a wide range of cross genre programs, with guests who are not only at home in the classical music world, such as Aziz Sahmaoui, Django Bates, Beat-Boxer Bellatrix, Francesco Tristano, DJ Mr. Switch, Stefano Bollani.