The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has been selected by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Culture and Media to receive funding through the “Excellent Orchestras” scheme.
This scheme, unveiled in July by Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media Monika Grütters, enables orchestras in Germany to develop music education projects using new media, with the goal of strengthening international collaboration in today’s digital age.
After a competitive application process, the MCO was selected by a three-person jury as one of 31 orchestras that will benefit from the funds, which amount to a total of approximately 11.1 million euro.
Since the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s first concert in its founding residency of Landshut in 1997, the orchestra has established itself as one of the leading orchestras worldwide. The MCO is run collectively by its musicians and its Berlin-based management team; it also plays an active role in FrEO, an organization of independent ensembles and orchestras in Germany working together to enrich and contribute to the country’s performing arts scene.
Furthermore, the MCO enjoys a close relationship with the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which – in addition to hosting the orchestra’s residence from 2009-2013 – continues to support the work of the MCO through the MCO Academy at the Orchesterzentrum | NRW.
“In the past few years, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra has been the forerunner in creating ground-breaking educational programmes such as the MCO Academy and Feel the Music,” said Managing Director Michael Adick. “This funding gives us the valuable opportunity to realise a new, innovative music education project which will not only bring different audiences together, but also – in keeping with our mission of creating and sharing inspiring musical experiences – reinvent our relationship with them.”
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