Orchestra Biography 2017/18

Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Biography for 2017/18

Formed in 1974, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is one of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies and one of the country’s foremost cultural ambassadors.  In addition to performances throughout Scotland, the SCO has toured throughout Europe, USA, the Far East and India. The Orchestra produces the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert which has closed the International Festival since 1982, and makes a significant contribution to Scottish life beyond the concert platform, working in schools, universities, hospitals, care homes, places of work and community centres through the SCO Creative Learning programme.  

The 2018 Edinburgh International Festival, in which the SCO performs six concerts, marks Robin Ticciati’s final appearances as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a position he has held since 2009. Together, Ticciati and SCO have made successful recordings of works by Haydn, Schumann, Berlioz and Wagner.  Their superb recent album of Brahms Symphonies (Linn) has been internationally acclaimed.

The Orchestra enjoys close relationships with many leading composers and has commissioned more than 150 new works, including pieces by Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir James MacMillan and SCO Associate Composer Martin Suckling.   

The SCO has strong relationships with many eminent guest conductors including Principal Guest Conductor Emmanuel Krivine, Conductor Emeritus Joseph Swensen, Richard Egarr, Andrew Manze, John Storgårds and, featured in the 2018-19 Season, François Leleux.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra receives funding from the Scottish Government.