The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1929 as Slovakia's first professional symphonic ensemble. The orchestra's first music director was Oskar Nedbal, who died one year after accepting the post. He was succeeded by Frantisek Dyk, who developed the orchestra's reputation through work in symphonic and operetta repertoire.
Herbert Kegel (29 July 1920, Dresden – 20 November 1990, Dresden) was a German conductor. He studied conducting with Karl Böhm and composition with Boris Blacher at the Dresden Conservatory from 1935 to 1940.