Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO)
||Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Box 14, 00024 Yleisradio
||00 358 (0)9 14801
||00 358 (0)9 1480 3551
||Gita Kadambi, Katri Maasalo
The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO), the orchestra of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE), celebrated its 75th anniversary in autumn 2002. Its Chief Conductor is Sakari Oramo, who assumed the post in 2003 after nine years as an FRSO conductor. Mr Oramo is also Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
The Radio Orchestra of ten players founded in 1927, only a year after the Finnish Broadcasting Company, grew to symphony orchestra strength in the 1960s. Its chief conductors have been Toivo Haapanen, Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Paavo Berglund, Okko Kamu, Leif Segerstam and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
Contemporary music is a major item in the repertoire of the FRSO, which each year premieres a number of YLE commissions. All in all the FRSO has given the first performance of more than 520 works.