• Period & Chamber
  • Les Violons du Roy

    Askonas Holt first worked with this wonderful Québecoise Baroque ensemble in 2003, organising a major European tour for them and their dynamic Music Director, Bernard Labadie, alongside the star counter-tenor, David Daniels. Since then, Askonas Holt has arranged further European tours, with Magdalana Kožená and David Daniels, including concerts at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and at the Schleswig Holstein, Rheingau and Carinthia summer festivals, and a further European tour, with mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, celebrating the release of a CD of arias by Handel and Hasse on the Virgin Classics label.

    Les Violons du Roy are highly acclaimed for their vibrant and brilliant sound and they bring enormous vitality and energy to their performances which lends a fresh and exciting approach to a wide range of Baroque and Classical repertoire.

  • Orchestras
  • Period & Chamber
  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra

  • Orchestras
  • Period & Chamber
  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) was founded in 1997 based on the shared vision of being a free and international ensemble and under the nurturing hand of Claudio Abbado, they became an independent international orchestra of the highest calibre. 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 word “chamber” refers less to the ensemble’s size than to the chamber music approach that characterizes the MCO musicians’ style of ensemble playing.

    The orchestra received its most significant artistic impulses from its founding mentor, Claudio Abbado, and from Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding. Further significant artistic partnerships include the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, Pianist Mitsuko Uchida and composer George Benjamin. In 2013 the recording of George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin was released; the piece was premiered by the MCO at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2012 under the direction of the composer and honoured with the International Opera Award 2013.

    Following this, Askonas Holt organised a European tour of Written on Skin in March 2016 for MCO together with George Benjamin, in which they gave sell-out concert performances to huge critical acclaim in Barcelona, Madrid and London.

    With extensive touring throughout the world and regular residences, the orchestra has performed in 36 countries on four continents thus far.

  • Period & Chamber
  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

    Askonas Holt holds a very special relationship with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – the UK’s top period instrument ensemble. Over the past fifteen years we have arranged tours with a great variety of artists, including Ian Bostridge and Robin Ticciati, and Principal Artists Sir Simon Rattle and Iván Fischer.

    In addition to the tours to Europe’s leading concert halls with Sir Simon Rattle, we have arranged performances and tours in Asia and Australasia, Japan, Korea and Taipei (with Viktoria Mullova in 2003 and Robin Ticciati in 2008); and with Iván Fischer to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur (March 2006).  2016 marked a special year for Askonas Holt and the OAE, with projects together to Vienna and Asia with Ian Bostridge, and Europe with Sir Simon Rattle.  February 2016 marked the first time that Askonas Holt  brought the OAE to China, and we were thrilled to bring the ensemble to Paris and Brussels with Sir Simon Rattle in a programme that included Bruckner’s dynamic Symphony No. 6.

  • Period & Chamber
  • Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    The world-renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) 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. Recent collaborations with Askonas Holt include an Asian tour in 2014 and several European tours, most recently in February 2017 and a tour to India in 2009.

    Together with Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati, the Orchestra has released four recordings, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique (2012), Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été and La mort de Cléopâtre(2013), Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll (2014) and Schumann’s symphonies. Their full discography exceeds 150 recordings.

    The Orchestra enjoys close relationships with many leading composers and has commissioned more than 100 new works, including pieces by Composer Laureate Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and SCO Associate Composer Martin Suckling.

    Current SCO Associate Artists include conductor/keyboardist Richard Egarr, director/violinist Alexander Janiczek, and mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, all performing regularly with the orchestra. 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.