25 April 2024

For a long time, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle had harboured plans for closer collaboration; however, due to the Corona pandemic, this project had to be postponed time and again. Now, the moment has finally come: From May 15th to 18th, the orchestra and conductor will be on tour together in Berlin, Hamburg, Dortmund, and Cologne. The programme chosen for this first collaboration features the three last Mozart symphonies in E-flat major, G minor, and C major ("Jupiter").

Since the MCO’s foundation in 1997, Mozart's symphonies, concertos, and operas, which are particularly suited to the orchestra’s chamber music approach, have formed part of its core repertoire. With "Don Giovanni" under Claudio Abbado and Daniel Harding, the MCO gained international recognition; Abbado also brought his first "Magic Flute" to the stage with the MCO. Together with Artistic Partner Mitsuko Uchida, the MCO goes on tour three times a year with a selection of Mozart's piano concertos, including this June at the Ojai Festival in California. The ensemble has performed the three late Mozart symphonies in numerous concert halls around the world, and is now eager to explore new dimensions of these wonderful compositions in collaboration with Sir Simon Rattle.

The Berliner Philharmonie, the Elbphilharmonie, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, and the Kölner Philharmonie are long-standing partners of the MCO, where the orchestra presents itself annually with several guest performances. In Berlin, the orchestra will be heard again on September 5th, 2024, under Antonello Manacorda as part of the Musikfest Berlin; in Hamburg, a concert with pianist Yuja Wang is scheduled for November 2024; with Mitsuko Uchida and Mozart’s piano concertos 18 and 21, the MCO will be on stage in Dortmund and Hamburg in January, 2025.


photo: (c) Oliver Helbig