The Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1987 and is formed only of performing musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam wich has been named by Gramophone “the World’s Best Orchestra” in 2008. For the previous thirty years it was known as the “Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra” and made a range of recordings under such conductors as Andre Rieu, Anton van der Horst and Marinus Voorberg.
Throughout this double career the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra has performed at major public events such as the coronation of Princess Beatrix as Queen of the Netherlands (30th April 1980); the visit of President Bush to the Netherlands (1989); the royal wedding of Crown Prince Willem Alexander (2nd February 2002). The Orchestra has toured Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, Finland, Portugal, Japan, India, and other countries.
One among many fine recordings, the CD “The Music from the Royal Wedding”, has sold in over than 100.000 copies. The CD of G. Mahler transcriptions for string Orchestra of F. Schubert and L.V. Beethoven quartets obtained great acclaim from the international critics (“BBC-Music” 5 stars for the high quality of performances). Since then five CDs have been released with compositions by W.A. Mozart, J. Haydn, F. Schubert, F. Mendelssohn and P. Cajkovskij, as a result of a five-year contract between the Orchestra and the PentaTone Classics label, all being realized in the new five-channel system “Super- Audio- CD”.
Top-ranking international soloists have performed with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra: Maria Joao Pires, Friedrich Gulda, Eliane Rodrigues, Lynn Harrel, Jaap van Zweden,Vesko Eschkenazy, Ronald Brautigam, Emily Beynon and Janine Jansen.
Since 1994 Maestro Marco Boni has been the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor.
Arensky, Barber, Bartok, Beethoven, Bellini, Berg, Berio, Bernstein, Bizet, Boccherini, Boulez, Brahms, Britten, Bruckner, Busoni, Cimarosa, Dallapiccola, Debussy, Dvorak, Elgar, Faurè, Franck, Gershwin, Grieg, Haydn, Hindemith, Ligeti, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Milhaud, Mussorgsky, Mozart, Nielsen, Prokofiev, Puccini, Ravel, Respighi, Rossini, Schoenberg, Schubert, Schumann, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Strauss, Suk, Tschaikowsky, Verdi, Wagner, Weber, Webern, Wolf, Xenakis