Korean Chamber Orchestra / Photo: Rami

Korean Chamber Orchestra

Korean Chamber Orchestra


The Korean Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1965 by cellist Bong-Cho Jeon and has established itself as Korea’s leading chamber orchestra. The ensemble has given more than 538 concerts in Korea and abroad, and is held in high esteem by the international orchestral community thanks to its many tours worldwide. Renowned soloists, including Maxim Vengerov, Krzysztof Penderecki, David Geringas, Marisa Robles, Kyung-Wha Chung and Young-Uck Kim, have performed with the orchestra.

The Korean Chamber Orchestra regularly takes the stage in major concert halls around the world. In 1999, it took part in the UNESCO Concert for Peace in Paris and played at the UN Staff Day Concert in New York, where it was appointed an official UN Chamber Orchestra for Peace. Since 2001, the orchestra has participated in festivals including the Rheingau Musik Festival, Naantali Music Festival (Finland), the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival (Poland), the International Mozart Festival (Estonia), the Echternach Music Festival (Luxembourg) and the Ascoli Piceno Festival (Italy), and has given concerts in Croatia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Austria, France, China and Japan. 2001 also saw the orchestra become the first Korean group of artists to undertake a European tour, with venues including the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie. Critics have praised the ensemble as a first-class orchestra with elastic tone quality and precise ensemble playing. The Korean Chamber Orchestra has released 15 CDs that are testament to the breadth of its repertoire, and which have set a new standard in classical music.

Last updated: March 2019