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Lithuania Chamber Orchestra

Since the orchestra’s formation in 1960, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra has traveled the world, performing in world famous concert halls and festivals. Their sound born from the Baltic area captures the heart of the audiences and critics.

For Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1960, the international acclaim came in 1976, after the successful appearance at the Echternach festival in Luxembourg. This event ushered the LCO into the most prestigious concert halls of the world.
The LCO has toured almost every European country, the USA, Japan, Cuba, Canada, Egypt, Republic of South Africa, has performed in Berlin Philharmonic, "Musikverein" in Vienna, "Royal Festival" in London, "Santa Cecilia" in Rome, G. Verdi Conservatoire in Milan, "Concertgebouw" in Amsterdam, renowned halls in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Authoritative music scholars (ex. J.W.Hartnack, "Grosse Geiger unserer Zeit", Atlantis Verlag, Zurich, 1993) list the LCO among the most reputable orchestras of the world.
The LCO participated at the Echternach festival seven times (was awarded "Big Lion" medal), it appeared four times at the famous Salzburg and Schleswig-Holstein festivals, several times at Reingau, Ivo Pogorelich, Bach-Woche Ansbach, "December Music Soirees" at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Yehudi Menuhin Gstaat-Zane, Lucerne, Berlin, Ludwigsburg and other festivals.
During 1997-1998 season the LCO received very favorable reviews in Zurich, Milan, Rome, Geneva, Berlin and other cities of Austria, Switzerland and Germany. The Orchestra was invited to record music for Hollywood production of "Robin Hood". In 1998 with Gill Shaham as a soloist the LCO performed in Zurich, Milan and Rome; celebrating the 80th anniversary of Lithuania's Independence the LCO performed for diplomatic missions in Geneva and Tallinn; participated in Schleswig-Holstein festival for the fifth time.
In summer of 1999 the LCO has toured Japan performing fourteen concerts. The Orchestra's concert at the "Suntory Hall" was recorded for TV. A special place in the LCO repertoire is devoted to music by W. A. Mozart, including all symphonies (recorded), opera "Don Giovanni" and all the instrumental concerti. The production of "Cosi fan tutte" at the Lithuanian Philharmonic hall received a very enthusiastic response from audiences and critics alike. The important place in the LCO's repertoire occupies music by J. S. Bach - instrumental concerti, suites, passions, and cantatas. The Orchestra has performed J. S. Bach's works in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia and many other European countries.
The Art of Fugue was performed in Alte Oper in Frankfurt. Among often performed contemporary authors - Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt. Both of them have entrusted the LCO and its conductor Saulius Sondeckis with the premieres of their opuses. ("Tabula Rasa"). The Orchestra has recorded A. Schnittke's Concerti grossi No.1 and No.3 and A. Pärt's Tabula rasa (Triton Company), and two CD's with trumpet player T.Dokshitser. The collaboration with the great musician and humanist Lord Yehudi Menuhin has played a very important role in the creative bio of the Orchestra. Together with the legendary musician the LCO has performed 59 concerts and has recorded two oratorios - "Messiah" by G. F. Händel and "The Creation" by J. Haydn.
Among the highlights of the past two years: a concert dedicated to Arvo Pärt at the Berlin Philharmonic in 2000, featuring a work by the composer dedicated to the LCO; 2000 and 2001 concert tours in Germany with the renowned actor Peter Ustinov. Together with him the LCO has recorded CD of L. van Beethoven's "Prometheus works", which became BMG bestseller. In 2001 the LCO together with trumpet player Sergey Nakariakov has toured Japan.
In 2002 Teldec company has recorded a CD "From classics to romantics", featuring LCO and Sergey Nakariakov. In 2003 the Orchestra has performed in the 20th Ankara Music Festival (Turkey), in the 13th International Music Festival in Costa Rica, Malta, Rovereto Festival (Italy), as well as gave concerts in Switzerland and Germany. Since 2002, the members of the Orchestra have been playing in the international orchestra of the September Musical festival in Montreux (Switzerland).
2004 LCO's concert schedule included concerts in Japan with violinist Zachar Bron, and Germany with the celebrated trumpet player S.Nakariakov. The CD Echoes from the Past (Teldec, 2002) featuring S.Nakariakov and LCO has received 5 stars in the classic CD category. For his merits in promulgating Lithuanian culture in the world S. Sondeckis was bestowed the highest Lithuanian award - the Lithuanian National Prize. In 2003 the Professor was presented with the honorary.

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