History of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra!
The RPO was founded in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham and played its first concert in Croydon on September 15, 1946. Beecham was principal conductor until his death in 1961. He was followed by then assistant conductor Rudolf Kempe, who was given the title of Conductor for Life in 1970.
Through his recitals, concerto appearances, and critically acclaimed recordings, Irish pianist John O'Conor has earned a reputation as a masterful interpreter of the Classic and early Romantic piano repertoires.
The Emerson String Quartet stands alone in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings since 1987, nine Grammy® Awards (including two for Best Classical Album, an unprecedented honor for a chamber music group)