The OSI has made a name for itself as one of the leading European orchestras on the international stage. Since the 1930s it has played a central role in the region’s musical development, taking on its present name in 1991. Ansermet, Stravinsky, Stokowski, Celibidache and Scherchen are among the great musical figures to have directed it, while the many composers with whom it has collaborated include Mascagni, Richard Strauss, Honegger, Milhaud, Martin and Hindemith, and in more recent times Berio, Henze and Penderecki. The OSI consists of forty-one permanent musicians and is located in Lugano. Markus Poschner is Principal conductor from September 2015. The OSI is funded principally by the Canton of Ticino, Radiotelevisione svizzera, the City of Lugano and the Associazione Amici dell’OSI.

Orchestra Svizzera Italiana, OSI al LAC, Lugano