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The Basel Chamber Orchestra

The Basel Chamber Orchestra is recognised as one of the leading orchestras in the classical music scene. Invitations to the most important worldwide concert houses and festivals shape their agenda, as well as their own subscription concerts in Basel. Various recordings on classical labels like Sony, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and Warner classics, many awarded with prestigious prizes, are witnesses to the excellent quality of the musical ensembles joy of playing together. The innovative, artistically independent ensemble is always searching for new and far-reaching ways of interpretation through constant development of its harmonious sound on both historical and modern instruments. This diversity has become its international trademark. The Basel Chamber Orchestra works with artists such as Maria João Pires, Sol Gabetta, Emmanuel Pahud, Andreas Scholl, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Isabelle Faust and Fazil Say. Renaud Capuçon acts as artistic partner: He prepares programmes with the orchestra as a soloist as well as leader and as a chamber musician.

The association of principal guest conductor, Giovanni Antonini with the ensemble makes for a fruitful collaboration. A highlight being the Beethoven cycle which the orchestra and the outstanding baroque specialist worked on together. «This is a part of the future» wrote the NZZ about the historically informed interpretation. They were awarded the prize of «Ensemble of the year» by ECHO Klassik in 2008. The Basel Chamber Orchestra alternating with the Italian Ensemble Il Giardino Armonico will perform and record for CD, under the baton of Antonini, all of Haydn's 107 symphonies up until the year 2032. A further complete performance and recording is being planned for within the next three years: Franz Shubert's symphonies under the baton of Heinz Holliger. Apart from the Viennese Classics and baroque programmes, the orchestra promotes contemporary music. Yearly composition assignments and the involvement in the «Basel Composition Competition» are witnesses to their commitment. Clariant International Ltd. has been the main sponsor of the Basel Chamber Orchestra since January 2013.


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