The Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra was established in 1987 and is made up of musicians from the world-famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. This chamber orchestra was actually founded thirty years earlier under the name Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra, and during those years made many recordings with such conductors as Andre Rieu Sr., Anton van der Horst and Marinus Voorberg.
Over the years, the CCO has been invited to perform on several very important occasions in the Netherlands including the Inauguration of Queen Beatrix in 1980, the official visit of President Bush in 1989, and the Royal Wedding of Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Máxima in 2002. The CD, “The Music from the Royal Wedding”, sold more than 75,000 copies, thereby attaining the unique “triple platinum” status. The CCO has also attracted much international attention and has been invited for concert tours in Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, Finland, Portugal, Japan and India.
The orchestra has made many well-received recordings. Their CD’s of Schubert/Mahler and Beethoven/Mahler String Quartets received the highest score of “5 stars” for performance as well as sound technique from the respected BBC Music Magazine. The orchestra has also utilized the newest “Super-Audio-CD” 5-channel Penta Tone System in five new recordings of works by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. Famous soloists who have performed with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra include: Maria João Pires, Friedrich Gulda, Eliane Rodriguez, Lynn Harrel, Jaap van Zweden, Marietta Petkova, Vesko Eschkenazy, Ronald Brautigam, Emily Beynon, Janine Jansen, Mischa Maisky and Schlomo Mintz.