The "dynamic Moscow Chamber Orchestra" (New York Times) is one of the world's great ensembles. First called "the greatest chamber orchestra in the world" by Dmitri Shostakovich, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2006. The Orchestra's present Music Director, brilliant American pianist/conductor Constantine Orbelian, has brought the MCO into a new era of international activity and acclaim since his appointment in 1991. For his remarkable achievements with the MCO, Orbelian was awarded the title "Honored Artist of Russia" by President Putin in 2004. Under Orbelian's leadership the Orchestra was accorded the honor of "Academic" in its official Russian title (The State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia). Maestro Orbelian and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra play over 120 concerts a year to sold-out houses worldwide, and are engaged in a highly-praised recording series on the Delos label.

The New York Times wrote: "What we heard was the peak of perfection...our expectations were so far exceeded that one was left open-mouthed in admiration."



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