Current SCO Associate Artists include conductor/keyboardist Richard Egarr, director/violinist Alexander Janiczek, and mezzo soprano Karen Cargill. All perform regularly with the Orchestra during the concert season, in the recording studio, on tour and in festival appearances. The SCO has strong relationships with many eminent guest conductors including Principal Guest Conductor Emmanuel Krivine, Conductor Emeritus Joseph Swensen, Olari Elts, John Storgårds and Oliver Knussen. Regular soloist/directors include Christian Zacharias and Piotr Anderszewski.
The Orchestra enjoys close relationships with many leading composers and has commissioned more than 100 new works. These include pieces by Composer Laureate Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, James MacMillan, Judith Weir, Sally Beamish, Karin Rehnqvist, Lyell Cresswell, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Toshio Hosokawa, John McLeod, Rolf Martinsson and Martin Suckling, who is now SCO Associate Composer. 2015/16 commissions include works by Hafliði Hallgrímsson and Lotta Wennäkoski.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra receives funding from the Scottish Government as one of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies.