Das Bayerische Staatsorchester ist das einzige Orchester Muenchens, das in Oper und Konzert Dienst tut.
Hermann Levi was the General Music Director from 1872 to 1900. Since then, the most important artists of their time have served as heads of the orchestra, from Richard Strauss, Felix Mottl, through Bruno Walter, Hans Knappertsbusch, and Clemes Keauss, to Georg Solti, Ferenc Fricsay, Joseph Keilberth, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Zubin Mehta has been head conductor and Bavarian General Music Director since 1998.
Beginning from 2006/2007 season, Kent Nagano became Zubin Mehta's successor as Bavarian General Music Director.