ABOUT The Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (Lugano â Canton Ticino â Switzerland), founded in Lugano in 1935 as the Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera italiana, took its current name in 1991. The Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (OSI; literal translation, Orchestra of Italian Switzerland) performs at venues in Switzerland and abroad. Funded principally by the Canton of Ticino, Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI), the City of Lugano and the Associazione degli Amici dellOSI, the OSI is one of thirteen professional orchestras currently active in Switzerland. International Partner: Helsinn. Consisting of forty-one permanent musicians, it performs two concert seasons a year for RSI-Rete Due (the RSI Auditorium Concerts and the Rete Due Autumn Concerts at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Lugano), and regularly takes part in the Lugano Festival, the Settimane Musicali in Ascona and the Martha Argerich Project. Its strong ties with the region are maintained through an extensive series of concerts aimed at local communities, including summer concerts, family concerts, school concerts and joint projects with the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana.