New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra
Over the past few seasons, the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra – a variably-sized conductor-less chamber orchestra – has been performing concerts featuring multiple concertos from prominent soloists at major venues like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, UCLA Live, and the Kravis Center. Programs have featured the violinist Rachel Barton Pine (performing all five Mozart concertos or Vivaldi’s Four Seasons), pianists Menahem Pressler or Anton Kuerti (performing concertos by Mozart of Beethoven), clarinetist Richard Stoltzman (performing works by Mozart and Rossini), and guitarist Sharon Isbin (performing concertos by Rodrigo and Vivaldi).
With more than 300 works in their repertoire, the Chamber Soloists have made a valuable contribution to the musical life of this country and have helped to expand the audience for chamber music. Their programming innovations have included Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concerti in a single concert, “Paris in the ‘20s,” an American Classics program, the complete Mozart horn concerti and song cycles, cantatas and operas from Monteverdi to Aitken. They have added substantially to the catalog of 20th-century chamber works, with more than 25 compositions written for them by such significant composers as Gunther Schuller, Mario Davidovsky, Ezra Laderman, and Mel Powell. The group has also commissioned works for children, including Ferdinand the Bull from noted American composer Hugh Aitken and compositions based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Gerald Fried and Tania French.
The ensemble has compiled an impressive record of repeat engagements in North America and abroad, including eleven European tours, six Latin American tours, and numerous tours of Asia and the South Pacific. In the United States, the Chamber Soloists have appeared frequently in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center, in Washington at the Library of Congress, the National Academy of Sciences, the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art, at major universities across the country from Boston to Berkeley and at the Mostly Mozart, Sun Valley, and Caramoor Festivals. Recent performances include those at the Casals Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Mondavi Center at UC-Davis, Royce Hall at UCLA, the Phillips Center at the University of Florida, and the University of Arizona.