Radio Chamber Orchestra
Critically acclaimed as one of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras, the Radio Chamber Orchestra occupies a special place within the boundaries of the rich musical landscape in The Netherlands. Forty strong in number, the ensemble constitutes the perfect vehicle for the performance of the Viennese Classics: Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. The orchestra’s dedication to the classics is matched by its equally passionate and longstanding commitment to contemporary music. For just under six decades, the Radio Chamber Orchestra has made a persuasive case for new music and has been awarded numerous distinctions for its eloquent renditions of challenging compositions.
To reflect its dual allegiance to the music of both past and present masters, the Radio Chamber Orchestra opted for a unique system of dual chief-conductors: the world’s leading contemporary proponent, Peter Eötvös took on his position in 1994 and Frans Brüggen, a groundbreaking force in the authentic performance movement, joined in 2001. Frans Brüggen is responsible for historically informed performances of the Baroque, Classical and early Romantic repertoire. Thanks to Peter Eötvös the orchestra has gained international recognition as a specialist ensemble for modern and avant-garde music appearing at venues ranging from its home base in the Concertgebouw and Vredenburg concert halls (Netherlands) and at modern music festivals from Warschau and Donaueschingen to the Budapest Spring Festival.
Seeking new challenges in an ever expanding repertory, the Radio Chamber Orchestra and its conductors contribute to a new approach to listening for a public open to the old and the newest in music.
Anthony Halstead was born in Manchester, attending Chetham’s School and the Royal Manchester College of Music where he studied piano, horn, organ and composition. Subsequently he studied the harpsichord and conducting. He now has a varied career as a conductor director/ harpsichordist and as a horn soloist of international repute. Following the development of his interest in authentic performance he has worked regularly with several period instrument orchestras, conducting or directing concerts that have included an all J.S. Bach programme at the BBC Proms and at the prestigious Berlin Bach Tage. He has conducted several orchestras in the UK and receives many motivations to conduct or direct outside Britain, including Scandinavia, Spain, Japan and Australia. On CD, Anthony Halstead has conducted or directed many recordings.