The Munich Chamber Orchestra (Munchener Kammerorchester) was founded by conductor Christoph Stepp in 1950. It is a close-knit group of musicians – accomplished performers of Baroque and contemporary classical music. In its dialogue programs it brings together musical cultures of different time periods. The orchestra annually presents more than sixty concerts. It gives guest performances in major concert halls of Europe, Asia, and America. It takes part in renowned festivals. Its recordings are issued on the ECM Records and Sony Classical labels.
The orchestra is considered one of the most flexible and stylistically adaptable ensembles of its kind. Its programs include numerous world premieres and revivals of works it has commissioned as well as most of the core repertoire for chamber ensembles. For its classical repertoire, the orchestra brings in soloists from Europe’s finest orchestras. Together with the Bavarian Theatre Academy, it participates in concert performances of classical operas.
The orchestra was guided and conducted by Hans Stadlmair for almost four decades. In 1995 Christoph Poppen became its Artistic Director and established its dynamic profile supported by Alexander Liebreich and Clemens Schuldt, its current chief conductor.