MCO was established 15 years ago by members of the Mahler Youth Orchestra and luminary conductor Claudio Abbado with the vision of being an independent international orchestra of the highest calibre. By 2008, the French newspaper Le Monde was calling the MCO "the best orchestra in the world". With repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary, and from opera to symphonies, whatever the orchestra plays, they play with a 'chamber' philosophy: intimate interplay between musicians, intensity and attentiveness. Every concert is an adventure.
In 2011, Daniel Harding was designated lifetime Conductor Laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the summation of a 14-year relationship with the orchestra as Principal Conductor.
A protégé of Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado, Harding made his professional debut in 1994 and has led some of the world's most prestigious orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the LSO, the Concertgebouw and LA Philharmonic, as well as maintaining a presence on the podiums of the world's major opera houses.
The 36-year-old already has the credentials and the maturity to be a consequential conductor and a leader for a new generation of musicians.
Alisa Weilerstein has quickly become one of the most sought-after musicians of her generation, and the heir-apparent to the title of Great American Cellist. Intense, sensitive and spontaneous, Weilerstein is a natural communicator as well as a commanding virtuoso.
"Her technical abilities serve a taste for sweep and intensity; she performs with soulful expression and physical abandon." - New York TImes
Featuring cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Shostakovich's white-knuckle cello concerto is the ideal vehicle for Alisa Weilerstein, whose intense and dramatic reading of this work has a devastating power. Shostakovich is emblematic of the bitter facts of Soviet Russian life but Dvořák's Symphony No.9 is the optimistic opposite, born in a new world. This portrait of the golden age of 19th-Century America was premiered, aptly, in Carnegie Hall. Both are ideal showcases for the brilliant Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Featuring violinist Christian Tetzlaff. Composers like Beethoven and Schumann are the foundation of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra's repertoire, the gold standard of an orchestra's prowess. Christian Tetzlaff and his ventriloquist's skill for letting a composer speak through his playing will make this performance of Beethoven's concerto unforgettable. Under the baton of conductors like Daniel Harding, Schumann's symphonies are at last being heard for the works of genius they are. The Rhenish is full of high-spirits, high ideals - the work of a Romantic visionary in love with nature and with life.
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