Arguably the world’s finest orchestra, the Concertgebouw, is set to present concerts in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in November 2013.

Conducted by Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons and joined by guest pianist Yefim Bronfman, the concerts form part of their 125th anniversary tour. This will be the orchestra’s first visit to Australia and their concerts are certain to be among the year’s hottest tickets.

It’s a massive undertaking but one they are taking in their stride. “Our first tour was in 1897 to Norway. It was an invitation of Edvard Grieg,” said Managing Director, Jan Raes. “This time though there are 120 musicians and 22 nationalities. And we have one Australian – violinist Jane Piper.”

Established in 1888, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra quickly developed into one of the leading European orchestras, enjoying particularly longstanding relationships with each of its chief conductors. Extraordinarily, Mariss Jansons is only the sixth in 125 years.

While some eyebrows might be raised at the conservative nature of the programme, Mr Raes explained the reasoning behind their choices. “The whole repertoire is linked to our history,” he enthused. “Richard Strauss conducted the orchestra many times and wrote Ein Heldenlebenfor them. In Australia we play Wagenaar because...