• 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.

  • Orchestras
  • New York Philharmonic

    Askonas Holt has a long assocation with the New York Philharmonic stretching back many decades. In 2007, we presented the New York Philharmonic for two concerts at the Barbican with their then music director, Kurt Masur. In 2008, the Philharmonic returned to the UK, this time for performances at the BBC Proms with Lorin Maazel. The New York Philharmonic returned to the Barbican in February 2010, this time with the young new music director Alan Gilbert, with performances featuring Yefim Bronfman and Thomas Hampson. Continuing their association with the Barbican, the New York Philharmonic returned to the UK in February 2012 with Joyce DiDonato and Lang Lang and in April 2015 again with Joyce DiDonato.

    This spring, the New York Philharmonic performs three performances at the Barbican Centre, including the premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto with Yo-Yo Ma, and the orchestra makes its highly anticipated return to Denmark for two concerts at the Danish Radio’s Koncerthuset.

  • Orchestras
  • Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal

    Artistic Director & Principal Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    The Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal is one of Quebec’s major cultural ambassadors. Since its founding in 1981, the orchestra has adopted a distinctive approach that reflects its desire to develop and promote symphonic music and make it accessible to all. Comprised of musicians trained at conservatories and faculties of music in Quebec, the orchestra has acquired an enviable reputation for the quality of its concerts and recordings. Under the artistic direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin since 2000, the orchestra has seen its reputation grow in Canada and abroad, due in large part to the exceptional closeness that has developed between the conductor and musicians.

    The Orchestre Métropolitain has made some 20 recordings, mainly for the Canadian label ATMA Classique, with several winning national awards and international recognition. In November 2016, the orchestra made its first recording for Deutsche Grammophon, in collaboration with singers Rolando Villazón and Ildar Abdrazakov. The recording was released on 22 September 2017.

    Askonas Holt was delighted to work with the orchestra for the first time, on its debut European tour in November 2017.

  • Orchestras
  • Orchestre National de Lille

    Askonas Holt is delighted to have established a new touring partnership with Orchestre National de Lille and music director Alexandre Bloch. Created with the backing of the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, with Maestro Jean-Claude Casadesus and with the support of the State, Orchestre National de Lille performed its first concert in January 1976. Since then it has established itself as a leading French orchestra. Resident at the newly renovated concert hall Le Nouveau Siècle in Lille, the orchestra also regularly performs throughout the Hauts-de-France region, France, and abroad. To date, it has toured to more than 30 countries across four continents. In summer 2017 the orchestra toured to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Future tour plans include the UK, Europe and Asia.