A founding resident company of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is a 33-member professional ensemble led by Dirk Brossé. The orchestra has a well-established reputation for distinguished performances of repertoire from the Baroque period through the 21st century.
In 1964 Marc Mostovoy establishes the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra. Their repertoire consists mainly of Baroque and Classical works, featuring members of the ensemble as soloists. The ensemble quickly garners a reputation for quality on the regional, national and international scene. Its development was motivated in part by the desire to provide performance opportunities to young professional musicians emerging from the Curtis Institute of Music and other regional training programs but also by a desire to make substantial contribution to the City and regionís cultural life. In addition to presenting its own productions, the Orchestra started to develop an entrepreneurial approach by seeking other performance opportunities among the regionís presenter/producer community, thereby providing additional employment for its members. Maestro Mostovoy and his ensemble also championed new music, focusing on regional composers. In total, the organization has commissioned and premiered over seventy new works.
As the number of concerts significantly increases, Mostovoy brings in internationally-famed and respected maestro, Max Rudolf, professor of conducting at The Curtis Institute of Music and former conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and Metropolitan Opera, to share the podium with him. Max Rudolf serves as Conductor Laureate from the early 1980ís until just prior to his death in 1995.
In 1994, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, a concert pianist and conducting graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music, joined the Chamber Orchestra as Assistant Conductor. In 1998, he was named Principal Conductor and Music Director in 2004. Solzhenitsyn became Conductor Laureate in 2010 and remains closely associated with the Orchestra. The Chamber Orchestra has performed with such internationally acclaimed guest artists as Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Rudolf Serkin, Eroica Trio, Jean-Pierre Rampal, The Romero Guitar Quartet, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, Sylvia McNair, Steven Isserlis, Joseph Silverstein, Ransom Wilson, Gerard Schwarz, Jahja Ling and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, among others. The ensemble travels regularly, having toured the USA, Europe, and Israel.
In 2000 the ensemble is renamed The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and selected as one of eight founding resident companies of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. In its new home - the intimate, 600-seat Perelman Theater - The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia brings great music - performed with the utmost integrity and on the highest possible level of artistic excellence - to the people of Philadelphia.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia engaged Dirk Brossé as its Music Director in September 2010. A conductor and composer of international acclaim, Brossé had guest-conducted The Chamber Orchestra in, among other appearances, its October 2009 Scandinavian Perspectives program and its 2008 performance of Gustav Mahlerís Das Lied von der Erde. Brossé will conduct four of the Orchestraís concert programs in his first season as Music Director.
The Chamber Orchestra performed six pairs of concerts during its subscription season from September through April 2010 in the Kimmel Center's 600-seat Perelman Theater. Five of the concert programs will also be performed at The Baptist Temple at Temple University; an introduction to the 2010-2011 season was given at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts; and the final program of the season, Igor Stravinskyís LíHistoire du soldat, was performed at the Please Touch Museum. As a participant in the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), the Chamber Orchestra performed three concerts of LíHistoire in a collaborative production with stage director Robert Smythe. The Orchestra also performed the world premiere of a PIFA commission, Hope: An Oratorio by Jonathan Leshnoff, with the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, the Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia, and soloists Angelique Kidjo and David Linx, in the Kimmel Centerís Verizon Hall. The orchestra is scheduled to accompany Jackie Evancho on August 25, 2012 at the Mann Center.