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.
Meesun Hong Coleman’s life and education started in Spartanburg, South Carolina. One of three daughters of Korean immigrants, she received scholarships to study with Dorothy Delay and Kurt Sassmannshaus in the Cincinnati Concervatory of Music before completing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from Princeton University, followed by a Masters degree from the Juilliard School. She is a passionate educator, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. Meesun Hong Coleman is professor of violin and chamber music at the Anton Bruckner University Linz as well as guest professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, concertmaster of the Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Haydn Philharmonie, member of the Camerata Bern, where she is a regular guest director and soloist, and Senior Artist at the Marlboro Music Festival.
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.