Orchestra Biography 2018/19

The internationally celebrated Scottish Chamber Orchestra is made up of a unique collection of talented musicians who inspire and connect with people of all ages. The SCO aims to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to hear their music by touring the length and breadth of Scotland and around the world as proud ambassadors for Scottish cultural excellence. In recent years, the Orchestra has travelled throughout Europe, the Far East and the USA.

The SCO makes a significant contribution to Scottish life both on the concert platform and beyond, working in schools, universities, hospitals, care homes and community centres through its award-winning Creative Learning programme.

The 2018 Edinburgh International Festival marked Robin Ticciati's final appearances as Principal Conductor of the SCO, a position he held since 2009. Together, Ticciati and the SCO made successful recordings of works by Haydn, Schumann, Berlioz and Wagner. Their superb recent album of Brahms Symphonies (Linn) has been internationally acclaimed.

The SCO has strong relationships with many eminent guest conductors, including Joseph Swensen, Emmanuel Krivine , François Leleux, John Storgårds, Richard Egarr and Andrew Manze, and has recently appointed Maxim Emelyanychev as Principal Conductor from September 2019.

The Orchestra enjoys close affiliations with many leading composers and has commissioned more than 150 new works, including pieces by Sir James MacMillan, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sally Beamish, Karin Rehnqvist, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Hafliði Hallgrímsson and Lotta Wennäkoski.

The 2018/19 Season has included a new Viola Concerto by John McLeod and Meditation (after Donne), by Associate Composer Martin Suckling, which marked the Centenary of the Armistice. Jonathan Dove's Accordion Concerto 'Northern Lights' will be premiered in May 2019.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra receives core funding from the Scottish Government as one of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies.