discover the mco in vr

1 May 2022

The MCO embarks on a new adventure and bring you Future Presence, a three-chapter project with its Artistic Partner for Immersive Experiences Henrik Oppermann. Through Future Presence, we explore the possibilities of engaging music performance with virtual reality. 

As users with the help of VR headsets explore their virtual environment the sound of the multi-dimensional recording responds in real-time. This transforms the listener’s encounter, undermining prevailing notions of acoustical “sweet spots“ and enabling a new and fluid aural experience that mirrors the dynamic interactions inherent in music and between the musicians. In short, where previously an engineer would take the sole authority to determine how the music should be experienced, now the listener has complete freedom to explore for themselves.

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  • Generously supported by the German Federal Government Commission for Culture and the Media through "NEUSTART KULTUR".

MCO Sound Sessions

2 December 2021

The MCO is known for its agile, alert and responsive playing style, and its international roster of musicians. But after so much time away from one another during the first lockdowns, the musicians wanted to re-group to rediscover and develop the MCO's signature sound. These sessions were invaluable in helping keep alive the flame that Claudio Abbado ignited in the orchestra's early days.


The MCO Sound Sessions were generously supported by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media through "Neustart Kultur". Filmed by WPSteinheisser at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.