The Mahler Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1997 based on the shared vision of being a free and international ensemble, dedicated to creating and sharing exceptional experiences in classical music. With 45 members spanning 20 different countries at its core, the MCO works as a nomadic collective of passionate musicians uniting for specific tours in Europe and across the world.
The orchestra is constantly on the move in search of the next musical horizon. It has, to date, performed in over 40 countries across five continents. It is governed collectively by its management team and orchestra board; decisions are made democratically with the participation of all musicians. The MCO’s sound is characterized by the chamber music style of ensemble playing among its alert and independent musical personalities. Its core repertoire, ranging from the Viennese classical and early Romantic periods to contemporary works and world premieres, reflects the MCO’s agility in crossing musical boundaries.
Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is Artistic Partner with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as well as Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Co-Director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from the 23/24 season. He is also a Collaborative Partner of the San Francisco Symphony, and Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In the season of 22/23, Kuusisto will celebrate important debuts as a soloist, i.a. with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, as well as a conductor, i.a. with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Philharmonia and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Afanasiy Chupin was born in 1987 in a family of musicians from Omsk, Russia. He started learning to play the violin at the age of 3 and began performing with a symphony orchestra at 5. In 2002, with support from Lions Club, he performed his first solo concerts in Europe. In 2004, the 16-year-old Afanasiy Chupin was invited by Teodor Currentzis to join the newly formed musicAeterna ensemble as the orchestra’s concertmaster. Together with musicAeterna, Afanasiy Chupin has taken part in a number of international festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the RUHRtriennale, the Klara Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the “Territory” festival, and the Diaghilev Festival. Afanasiy Chupin takes an active part in studio work: he prepared several musicAeterna recordings for publishing via the SONY label.
Henrik Oppermann is a leading 3D sound specialist, bringing with him over 15 years experience in recording studio-quality audio on location for film, advertising, music industry clients and 3D sound installations. Oppermann has worked on over 150 VR and AR projects, capturing 3D audio in a number of challenging environments including low flying military aircrafts, formula one race cars, refugee camps, mountain peaks and concert halls around the world. An expert in his field, Oppermann has developed hardware and software audio applications as well as workflows for VR collaboration with leading sound partners, to deliver the best possible immersive sound. He is the founder and director of Schallgeber and is Head of Sound at the Sennheiser Ambeo Immersive Audio Team.