Biography of Royal Scottish National Orchestra:
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is Scotland’s national symphonic ensemble and is one of the country’s five National Performing Companies. Formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra, the company became the Scottish ational Orchestra in 1950, and was awarded Royal Patronage in 1991. Throughout its history, the Orchestra has played an integral part in Scotland’s musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004. Many renowned conductors have contributed to its success, including George Szell, Sir John Barbirolli, Walter Susskind, Sir Alexander Gibson, Neeme Järvi, Walter Weller, Alexander Lazarev and Stéphane Denève. In 2012, the RSNO welcomed British-Canadian musician and conductor Peter Oundjian as its latest Music Director, and Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård as Principal Guest Conductor. The RSNO has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its recordings, receiving two Diapason d’Or de l’année awards for Symphonic Music (Denève/Roussel 2007; Denève/Debussy 2012) and eight Grammy Awards nominations over the past decade. Over 200 releases are available, including the complete symphonies of Sibelius (Gibson), Prokofiev (Järvi), Glazunov (Serebrier), Nielsen and Martinu (Thomson), Roussel (Denève), Richard Arnell (Martin Yates) and the major orchestral works of Debussy (Denève).