The Haydn Orchestra, recognized as a concert institution by the Italian Ministry of Culture/Tourism, was founded in 1960 by the provincial government and local authorities of Trento and Bolzano. In its nearly fifty-year long history, has performed a vast number of works across all musical genres, ranging from Baroque to contemporary composers, performing in principal Italian concert venues, participating in numerous international festivals, and touring in many European states, in the US, and in Japan. It has especially focused on an often neglected repertoire, also promoting the rediscovery of precious long-forgotten manuscripts, such as the Dixit Dominus by Domenico Cimarosa, performed for the first time in the modern era. The orchestra has appeared with many great conductors, among them Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti, and collaborated with distinguished soloists. The Haydn Orchestra has also appeared several times on RAI (the Italian State Broadcasting Corporation), both the radio and the TV channels. Under the direction of Gustav Kuhn, in 2006 the Orchestra Haydn called the Coro Polifonico Castelbarco of Avio to become an integral part of the Haydn Chorus.