ECCO, East Coast Chamber Orchestra
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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 Enso, Jasper, Jupiter, Parker and Takacs Quartets, as well as the Horszowski Trio, Trio Cavatina, Sejong Soloists, Time for Three, and Chamber Music Society II. 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 be had 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. 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.
ECCO’s 2018-19 season includes return visits to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Indianapolis Violin Competition, where they will be in residence. They make their debut on the Candlelight Concerts Series in Maryland. Last season, ECCO gave the New York premiere of and also recorded Derek Bermel's Murmurations and its 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.