ECCO, East Coast Chamber Orchestra

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Program Biography 2019-20 Season
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ECCO
(East Coast Chamber Orchestra)

In 2001, a group of musicians – colleagues and friends from leading conservatories and music festivals across the country – collectively envisioned the creation of a democratically‐run, self-conducted chamber orchestra that would thrive on the pure joy and camaraderie of classical music making. This organic approach and high level of passion and commitment resulted in ECCO, a dynamic collective that combines the strength and power of a great orchestral ensemble with the personal involvement and sensitivity of superb chamber music.

ECCO is comprised of some of today’s most vibrant and gifted young string players -- soloists, chamber musicians, principals of major American orchestras, and GRAMMY award winners. ECCO members play with the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota, San Francisco, Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle, and Boston among others. Members also play with the Jasper, Jupiter, Parker and Takacs Quartets, as well as the Horszowski Trio, Trio Cavatina, Sejong Soloists, Time for Three, and Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. For a few concentrated periods of time each year, the members of ECCO meet for rehearsal and musical exploration. Cooking, eating, enjoying close friendships and now sharing tips for raising the next generation of ECCO are important aspects of their gatherings. Along with musical exploration, there is always an intense discussion to about the joys and challenges of maintaining a truly communal creative organization.

In 2012 ECCO celebrated their first decade of friendship and discovery with the release of their first commercial recording on eOne. It includes Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major Op. 48, Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a and the exuberant and surprising "La Follia" Variations for String Orchestra, arranged by ECCO’s own Michi Wiancko after Francesco Geminiani’s Concerto Grosso No. 12 in D minor.

Among recent highlights are return visits to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and the Indianapolis Violin Competition, where they were in residence. Their perennial visits to the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and outdoor performances in Central Park for the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts with live broadcasts on WQXR are also treasured experiences. Known for innovative programming with works old and new, they have premiered or championed numerous new works such as Pierre Jalbert's String Theory, Christopher Theofanidis' 1000 Cranes, Derek Bermel's Murmurations and Supermaximum  by Kenji Bunch.

ECCO's members look forward to a Fall 2019 tour with pianist Shai Wosner, featuring premiere performances of a new work by Chris Cerrone, Dissolving Margins, based on the writings of acclaimed novelist Elena Ferrante. They bring this work along with a new suite based on Clara Schumann songs, arranged for them by Michi Wiancko, to Concerts International in Memphis, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and to their debut at New York's 92nd Street Y. Spring of 2020 includes an extended residency at UT Austin/Texas Performing Arts and their debut on the Phoenix Chamber Music Society Series.

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