Our History and Mission

Our Mission

To be a sustainable musical institution that brings the intimate experience of a world-class chamber orchestra performance to the greater Philadelphia area, enriching the musical life of the City and region by the integrity and excellence of its musicianship, the boldness and vitality of its programming, and by cultivating and building the loyalty of its audiences, musicians and supporters.

Our History


Founder Marc Mostovoy conducts the Concerto Soloists 16

1964
Marc Mostovoy establishes the Concerto Soloists 16. 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.



“…the most impressive small ensemble to come through Carnegie Hall in quite some time.” – The New York Times

1960's and 1970's
Successful tours of Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Belgium and Israel and standout performances at Carnegie Hall highlight the group's early development. Mostovoy seeks out unusual works not in the standard repertory and commissions over sixty new works, many by American composers.



Max Rudolf and the Concerto Soloists stand for applause following a performance in The Church of the Holy Trinity in the Rittenhouse section of Philadelphia

1982
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. Rudolf serves as Conductor Laureate from the early 1980s until just prior to his death in 1995.


1994
Ignat Solzhenitsyn joins the Orchestra while a student at The Curtis Institute of Music as Assistant Conductor, then as Associate Conductor, and later as Principal Conductor. He soon receives acclaim as "an interpreter of probing intellect as well as an avid risk-taker" (The Washington Post).


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.



Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn leads the orchestra from the piano in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' intimate Perelman Theater

2004
Ignat Solzhenitsyn is named Music Director and continues to expand the Chamber Orchestra's repertoire to include more compositions from the Classical and early Romantic periods, as well as fascinating 20th-century works. Highlights of Solzhenitsyn's first season include performances with soloists cellist Steven Isserlis and violinist Leila Josefowicz and leading the ensemble from the keyboard in Beethoven's "Emperor" Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 60, as part of an All-Beethoven program in April, 2005, which then toured to New York and Michigan.



Maestro Dirk Brossé conducts the Chamber Orchestra during a rehearsal at The Baptist Temple at Temple University

2010
Dirk Brossé is named Music Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. An internationally-acclaimed conductor and composer, our audiences enjoyed him during two "Guest Conductor" appearances with the Chamber Orchestra in 2008 and 2009. As Music Director Elect, Brossé conducted the Orchestra's Free Family Concerts in May 2010. The talent, versatility and broad experience that Maestro Brossé brings to the orchestra is sure to be enjoyed by audiences in many seasons to come.

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