Unusually creative programming and ever greater sonic homogeneity: 60 years after it was founded the Münchener Kammerorchester (MKO) is a shining beacon in German orchestral life. Under the Artistic Direction of Alexander Liebreich the MKO’s programmes – inspired, exciting and often surprising – juxtapose works from the past with music from our own time.
The MKO has presented over 60 world premieres, since former Artistic Director Christoph Poppen established its unmistakably dynamic profile in the 90s. Composers such as Iannis Xenakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Tan Dun, Chaya Czernowin and Jörg Widmann have written works for the ensemble, and since 2006 the MKO has commissioned pieces from Erkki-Sven Tüür, Thomas Larcher, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Klaus Lang, Mark Andre, Peter Ruzicka, Márton Illés, Georg Friedrich Haas, Tigran Mansurian and Salvatore Sciarrino.
Able to draw on a permanent pool of outstanding wind and brass soloists from Europe’s finest orchestras, the MKO, in the form of a “slim” symphony orchestra, can set new standards in the interpretation of some of Beethoven’s and Schubert’s most important works. Renowned guest conductors and a phalanx of outstanding international soloists regularly provide new artistic impulses.
The MKO plays its own concert series (the subscription series in the Munich Prince Regent’s Theatre and the “Nachtmusik” in the Pinakothek der Moderne, concerts each dedicated to a composer of the 20th or 21st century) as well as special concerts in Munich, as well as presenting a further sixty concerts each year all over the world.