CROATIAN RADIO AND TELEVISION SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Established in 1929, three years after Radio Zagreb (as it was then called) started broadcasting, the Croatian Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra was one of the first European radio orchestras to have been formed, alongside those of the BBC, Radio Berlin, Prague and Brno. The orchestra has been headed by numerous distinguished conductors (Pavle Dešpalj, Krešimir Šipuš, Josef Daniel, Oskar Danon, Milan Horvat, Uroš Lajovic, Vladimir Kranjčević and Nikša Bareza), and has cooperated with many conductors and soloists of worldwide reputation. Apart from regular concerts in Zagreb and participation in radio and television programmes, the orchestra also performs around the country and abroad. These appearances have been received with general acclaim and have made the orchestra a true promoter of Croatian culture in the world. The orchestra’s repertoire includes classical and contemporary pieces performed in concerts and recorded for Croatian Radio and Television and record labels, but most significantly the orchestra pays special attention to its Croatian musical heritage and contemporary Croatian composers. The orchestra has received several national awards, including the Judith at the 59th Split Summer Festival (2013) and the Porin.
Photo: Dinko Bazulic