Zurich Chamber Orchestra
The Zurich Chamber Orchestra (Zürcher Kammerorchester; ZKO, German abbreviation) is a Swiss chamber orchestra based in Zurich. The ZKO's principal concert venue in Zurich is the Tonhalle. The ZKO also performs in Zurich at the Rietberg Museum, the ZKO-Haus in the Seefeld quarter of the city, and such churches as the Fraumünster and the Kirche St. Peter. The ZKO presents approximately 40 performances in Zurich each year, in addition to performances elsewhere in Switzerland and abroad. The core of the ZKO consists of 22 string players, with other sections (woodwinds, strings, brass, harp, percussion, and keyboard) used as needed.
In 1996, Howard Griffiths assumed the post of artistic director and served until 2006. Muhai Tang, the ZKO's third principal conductor and artistic director from 2006 through 2011. now has the title of principal guest conductor with the ZKO. In January 2010, the ZKO announced the appointment of Sir Roger Norrington as its fourth principal conductor, as of the 2011-2012 season, with an initial contract of 3 years. In various specialities, the ZKO enjoys particular collaborations in baroque music with Maurice Steger and in modern music with Jörg Widmann.
The ZKO has made commercial recordings for such labels as Omega, Novalis, Claves, Teldec, CPO and Sony.
Artistic directors and principal conductors
- Edmond de Stoutz (1945-1996)
- Howard Griffiths (1996-2006)
- Muhai Tang (2006-2011)
- Sir Roger Norrington (2011-present)
- "Roger Norrington neuer Chefdirigent des Zürcher Kammerorchesters". Basler Zeitung. 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2011-07-09.
- Raymond Ericson (2064-02-23). "He Finds The Rare: Waldman's Forte Is Digging Up Unjustly Neglected Pieces". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-07-09.
- Rena Fruchter, "Zurich players ideal as chamber group". Boston Herald, 25 February 1967.
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