Prague Chamber Orchestra

PKO – Pražský komorní orchestr, Petrská 1168/29, Praha 1

PKO - Prague Chamber Orchestra among the four oldest chamber orchestras in Europe. It was created in 1951 and its history has not since then never been interrupted. He profiled as an orchestra called. Mozartian cast (34 musicians), who was able to play without a conductor. In the beginning of its existence focused mainly on the interpretation of older Czech music, classical music and early romanticism. Later in his repertoire also included songs of the 20th century and later began featuring completely new works by contemporary composers. Currently PKO made a number of premieres.


PKO quickly ranked among the most popular musical ensembles in the country a year after its inception guested on (if only a few years older) Prague Spring Festival. For more than 60 years of its existence played many thousands of concerts, of which up to December 2014, there are exactly 2,223 held abroad. PKO touring history is very rich: with the exception of Antarctica has performed on all continents - a total of 64 countries. Besides European tour (during which he visited all states except Albania) graduated ten tour of South America, sixteen in the US and Canada and nine in Japan.


The orchestra has worked with many big names of artistic personalities. For conductors that were, for example. Sir Charles Mackerras, Vaclav Neumann and Petr Altrichter. Soloists can be mentioned among them Maxim Vengerov, Mischa Maisky, the Beaux Arts Trio, Dagmar Peck, Ivan Ženatý, Ivo lamps, and Alice Sara Ott.

PKO has recorded countless titles for the company Supraphon, Denon, BMG, Decca, Telarc and more. In his extensive discography boasts a number of prestigious awards, such as "Supraphon Gold Disc" in 1987 for one million sold records, "Wiener Flötenuhr" or "Grand Prix du Disque" from the Académie Charles Cros.

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