The purpose of the MCO Foundation is to support and promote the artistic activities of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) as an independent and international touring orchestra. Founded by the musicians themselves in 1997, the MCO carries out its work mostly without public funding. The musicians consistently demonstrate their passion and extraordinary artistic qualities in the context of symphony concerts and opera performances. They are also eager to experiment with new concert formats and perform in unusual locations. With this combination of qualities, the MCO has achieved artistic recognition around the world. Audiences can experience the orchestra in the world’s great musical cities from New York to Tokyo, or at exclusive festivals in locations from the North Cape to the Red Sea. With diverse educational projects, the MCO is increasingly involved in social and pedagogical activities as well. We are delighted that the orchestra has been officially recognised as a European Cultural Ambassador for the years 2011 to 2013.
Our orchestra brings together musicians from approximately 20 different nations, who live and work each day in a context of multicultural dialogue and exchange. The international community of the MCO also extends to its audience: The orchestra has won friends and supporters almost all over the world.
You, too, can become a part of the MCO as a supporter of the MCO Foundation: The members of our Friends, Explorer and Patrons Circles make an important contribution to the further development of the orchestra and have the opportunity to become part of an international network of like-minded people. On the following pages you can find out which supporter circle would suit you best and how you can benefit from membership.
Join us on our journey with the MCO – we thank you for your support!
Your MCO Foundation, Council and Board Council: Claudio Abbado, Karin Berger, Prof. Dr. Roland Berger, Prof. Dr. Michael Hoffmann-Becking Board: Dr. Carsten Markfort (Chairman), Dr. Jörg Thierfelder (Vice Chairman), Annette zu Castell, Sven Harke