Founded in 1987, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra (CCO) is made up of members from the world famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. Each season, the CCO is invited to perform in all the leading concert venues in the Netherlands, such as the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht and De Doelen in Rotterdam. The CCO also gives regular performances outside the Netherlands. In 2016 they garnered wide critical acclaim for their tour of Germany with violinist Liza Ferschtman. Upcoming travels include tours to South-America and Spain.
Prior to 1987, the CCO performed under the name Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra. Founded in 1957, the ACO spent three decades performing in the Netherlands and abroad. They made numerous recordings with conductors such as Andre Rieu Sr., Anton van der Horst and Marinus Voorberg.
During the period 1994 – 2012, principal conductor Marco Boni led the CCO in many successful performances, tours and recordings. The recordings of Schubert/Mahler and Beethoven/Mahler String Quartets received a 5-star rating from BBC Music Magazine. Other Super Audio Recordings produced by Pentatone feature works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Haydn and Tchaikovsky.
Famous soloists who have performed with the CCO include Maria João Pires, Janine Jansen, Mischa Maisky, Lynn Harrel, Jaap van Zweden, Schlomo Mintz, Eliane Rodriguez and Friedrich Gulda.
In recent years, the CCO has collaborated with such national and international soloists as Liza Ferschtman, Nicolas Altstaedt, Ronald Brautigam, Marietta Petkova, Stefan Vladar, Harriet Krijgh, Lavinia Meijer, Dominic Seldis, Vesko Eschkenazy, Tjeerd Top, Alexei Ogrinthcouk, Emily Beynon, Jasper de Waal, Amihai Grosz and Noa Wildschut.
Due to increasing international interest, recent travels included concerts in Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, Finland, Portugal, Japan, and India.
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For over thirty-five years, the annual performances of J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion in collaboration with Bachkoor Holland have proved among the most popular in the Netherlands. Its performances of the work on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are seen as pillars of the Dutch St. Matthew Passion tradition and are regularly attended by leading politicians and celebrities.
The Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra has performed at several important occasions including the 1980 inauguration of Queen Beatrix in 1980 and the State visit of the American President George Bush Sr. to the Netherlands in 1989. On Feb. 2nd, 2002, the orchestra was also invited to perform during the royal wedding of the Dutch Crown Prince William Alexander and Princess Máxima. This performance in the Nieuwe Kerk of Amsterdam resulted in the making of the CD ‘Music from the Royal Wedding’. It sold more than 75,000 copies and received the unique ‘triple platinum’ award.