Since its founding in 1979, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has been Singapore’s flagship orchestra, touching lives through classical music and providing the heartbeat of the cultural scene in the cosmopolitan city-state. The orchestra has earned an international reputation for its orchestral virtuosity, having garnered sterling reviews for its overseas tours and many successful recordings. The SSO performs primarily at the Esplanade Concert Hall, with more intimate works and all outreach performances taking place at its home, the Victoria Concert Hall. The SSO has performed in Europe, Asia and the United States. In 2016 the orchestra was invited to the Dresden Music Festival and the Prague Spring International Festival. The resulting five-city tour also included the SSO’s return to the Berlin Philharmonie. In 2014 the SSO was invited to début at the 120th BBC Proms in London. Notable SSO releases on the BIS label include three discs of Debussy’s orchestral works, a Rachmaninov symphony cycle, the sea-themed anthology Seascapes featuring music by Debussy, Frank Bridge, Glazunov and Zhou Long, and the first-ever cycle of Alexander Tcherepnin’s piano concertos and symphonies. Lan Shui was the SSO’s music director from 1997 to 2019, and is now conductor laureate. From the 2020–21 season, the orchestra’s chief conductor is Hans Graf.
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