Orpheus Chamber Orchestra


A standard-bearer of innovation and artistic excellence, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is one of the world's foremost chamber orchestras. Orpheus was founded in 1972 by Julian Fifer and a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble to the richness of an orchestra. With 71 albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures, and 42 commissioned and premiered original works, Orpheus performs without a conductor, rotates musical leadership roles for each work, and strives to perform diverse repertoire through collaboration and open dialogue.

Educational Programs:

Each year, orpheus engages close to 2,500 students worldwide through its distinctive music-making model. The Orpheus Process is built upon the fundamental ideas and efforts create a richer result than an individual acting alone. These teach-led methods, communication skills, and creative viewpoints used to Orpheus musicians are shared with students from kindergarten to university levels, nuturing the next generation of music makers and appreciators.
Orpheus is proud to inspire students' individual imaginations and expand leadership skills through two signature programs:
Acces OrpheusReaching K-12 grade public schools
Orpheus InstituteReaching universities and coservatories 

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Short Profile

NameOrpheus Chamber Orchestra Founded1972
Home LocationNew York City, United States
Main languageEnglish

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Europe
2015-04-25 Tiroler Tageszeitung, Tirol
"The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and pianist Fazil Say- this seems to be more than a tour partnership. Freedom and democratic awareness meet spiritual kinship. Their master concert on Thursday was an evening which demanded attention from the audience and gave a lot in return"
REVIEW from 2015-04-25  
Orpheus on the Tour, Review at Der Taggespiegel
2015-04-23 Der Taggespiegel, Berlin
"The virtuosos of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra throw themselves into the music with enthusiasm…[In Wagner's Siegfried Idyll], the orchestra displayed beguiling sound sensuality"
REVIEW from 2015-04-23  
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Concert at Carnegie Hall
season 2015-2016 
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Carnegie Hall
season 2015-2016 
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Concert at Carnegie Hall
season 2015-2016 
Nuance and Unanimity, No Conductor Required
2014-10-26 The New York Times, New York City
"Listeners' first reaction to the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, to judge from comments overheard, is amazement at the unanimity of the playing in the absence of a conductor."
REVIEW from 2014-10-26  
Orpheus with Fazil Say
We are thrilled to finish off our 14-15 Signature Series at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, April 11 at 7:00PM with the acclaimed pianist-composer, Fazil Say, performing his interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23, as well as the World Premiere of his own new work created for Orpheus and inspired by the music of his Turkish homeland. The program also includes masterworks by Wagner and Haydn. 
Orpheus at Carnegie Hall with Christian Tetzlaff
2014-03-31 New York Times, New York City
"Orpheus demonstrated its conductorless ability to render complex scores with taut precision and feverish excitement."
REVIEW from 2014-03-31  
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on the European Tour
2015-04-19 Kolner Stadt -Anzeiger, Köln
"The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra reacted with the most possible openness to the communicational offers of the pianist. This resulted into an exchange of captivating vitality"
REVIEW from 2015-04-19  
Orpheus on the European Tour
2015-04-22 Today's Zaman, Berlin
"Orpheus's program opened with a spiritually imbued performance of Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll" and closed with an energetic rendition of Haydn's Symphony No. 80. For an egalitarian conductorless ensemble that only uses one double bass player (the stalwart Jordan Frazier in this concert), they magically filled the room with the kind of finely tempered resonance, precision, and esprit de corps that comes with decades of working together. By adding Fazıl Say to the formula, it became a combustion engine that produced a riveting evening."
REVIEW from 2015-04-22  
Orpheus in Europe
2015-04-21 Bachtrack,
"The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra handled all difficulties with apparent ease, even in the rhythmically most difficult parts which was a real pleasure"
REVIEW from 2015-04-21  
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Orpheus at carnegie Hall
season 2015-2016