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The Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (Portuguese: Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, OSB) is a Brazilian orchestra. Founded in 1940, it is located at Avenida Rio Branco, downtown Rio de Janeiro. It is one of the country's foremost orchestras[1]

Brazilian Symphony Orchestra
Native nameOrquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, OSB
FoundedJuly 11, 1940
LocationRio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Concert hallCidade das Artes
Theatro Municipal
Sala Cecília Meireles
Principal conductorPablo Castellar


The creation of OSB was an idea of three teachers of the National School of Music - Djalma Soares, Antão Soares and Antônio Leopardi. Excited by the NBC Orchestra tour of Brazil, under the direction of Arturo Toscanini,[2] they sought the maestro José Siqueira to take the initiative. With the support of corporate and political personalities and with special publicity in the newspaper O Globo, OSB emerged as a corporation in 1940. The inaugural concert was on July 11, 1940, a date chosen in honor of the composer Carlos Gomes. As their first artistic director was nominated the Hungarian conductor exiled in Brazil, Eugen Szenkar.



Council presidentsEdit


  • Ricardo Odnoposoff (1940–1942)
  • Oscar Borgeth (1942–1945)
  • Henry Siegel (1945–1946)
  • Santino Parpinelli (1945–1946)
  • Anselmo Zlatopolski (1947–1965)
  • Gian Carlo Pareschi (1965–1966)
  • Francisco Corujo (1966–1977)
  • Israel Terc Malziac (1974–1977)
  • João Daltro de Almeida (1978–1993)
  • Ricardo Cyncynates (1981–1984)
  • Michel Bessler (1977–2015)
  • Martin Tuksa (2000)

Most active soloistsEdit

Followed by number of concerts[3]

  • Nelson Freire (piano) (89)
  • Jacques Klein (piano) (82)
  • Arthur Moreira Lima (piano) (63)
  • Arnaldo Cohen (piano) (42)
  • Noel Devos (bassoon) (40)
  • Ruth Staerke (singing) (35)
  • Arnaldo Estrela (piano) (33)
  • Zwinglio Faustini (singing) (30)
  • Anselmo Zlatopolski (violin) (29)
  • João de Souza Lima (piano) (29)
  • Magdalena Tagliaferro (piano) (28)


  1. ^ "The World Class Brazil Symphony Orchestra | The Rio Times | Brazil News". The Rio Times. 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  2. ^ Meyer, Donald C. (2000). "Toscanini and the Good Neighbor Policy: The NBC Symphony Orchestra's 1940 South American Tour". American Music. 18 (3): 233–256. doi:10.2307/3052429. JSTOR 3052429.
  3. ^ Alvim Corrêa, 2004, p. 219


  • Alvim Corrêa, Sérgio Nepomuceno. Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira. 1940–2000. Rio de Janeiro: Funarte, 2004.

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