The Mahler Chamber Orchestra – renowned for its passion and creativity – was founded in 1997 with the shared vision of being a free and international ensemble. MCO is a nomadic collective of exceptional musicians, with 45 members of the core ensemble spanning 20 different countries and uniting for specific tours in Europe and across the world.

At the heart of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s music making is the passion for chamber music that is shared by all MCO musicians. The orchestra’s sound is characterized by the tight ensemble playing of its alert and independent musical personalities. The MCO’s repertoire ranges from the Viennese classical and early Romantic periods to contemporary works and world premieres.

MCO musicians all share a strong desire to continually deepen their engagement with audiences. This has inspired a growing number of offstage musical encounters and projects that bring music, learning and creativity to communities across the globe.

The orchestra received its most significant artistic impulses from its founding mentor, Claudio Abbado, and from Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding. Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, violinist Isabelle Faust and the conductors Daniele Gatti and Teodor Currentzis are current Artistic Partners who inspire and shape the orchestra during long-term collaborations.

What makes the Mahler Chamber Orchestra unique? Watch this short video to find out.