Moskauer Kammerorchester

born in 1956

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Moscow Chamber Orchestra

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The Moscow Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble run under the auspices of the Moscow Philharmonia, a State-run enterprise, formerly under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture (Soviet Union) and now, Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation.


Rudolf Barshai, a founding member of Borodin Quartet, left the Quartet to pursue his conducting ambitions. He assembled young, talented musicians and soon the first Chamber Orchestra in the former USSR had its inaugural concert in the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on April 2, 1956. The Moscow Chamber Orchestra (MCO) became the most traveled classical music ensemble in the former Soviet Union and toured the world from Eastern Europe to Canada and the United States and from Japan to South America.

The MCO performed 18th-century music by composers such as Mozart and Haydn, and contemporary music: its recording of Mozart's symphonies was the first to observe all the notated repeats.[1]

Many composers dedicated their compositions to the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Revol Bunin, Mieczysaw Weinberg, Boris Tchaikovsky and many others. Moscow Chamber Orchestra performed many world-premiers of contemporary compositions, such as Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No.14, in Leningrad, on September 29, 1969.

Many world-famous musicians performed and recorded with the Orchestra: Yehudi Menuhin, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, Emil Gilels, Leonid Kogan, Malcolm Frager, to name a few. Following Barshais emigration to the West in 1977, Igor Semyonovich Bezrodny (Russian: ) was appointed a new conductor and an artistic director of the Orchestra. He led the Orchestra until 1981. For the next 10 years Moscow Chamber Orchestra was led by Victor Tretiakov, then Andrei Korsakov.

Constantin Orbelian was appointed a new conductor in 1991; he was succeeded by Alexei Utkin (Russian: ), in 2010.


  1. Rudolf Barshai (1924-2010). - BBC Music Magazines official music website. Retrieved on 2011-12-06.

External links

  • [1] Barshai's story from Homepage
  • [2] - BBC Music Magazine's official music website
  • [3] Barshai obituary
  • Naxos
  • Igor Bezrodny's biography (in Russian)
  • [4] Moscow Chamber Orchestra on Internet
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