“Orpheus demonstrated its conductorless ability to render the complex scores with taut precision and feverish excitement.”

 (The New York Times)

About Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Orpheus believes in empowering the unique voice of all people to make a valuable contribution. Working together as a collective of leaders, members explore each other’s musical ideas using their signature collaborative method, the Orpheus Process®, and give flight to vibrant, unconventional interpretations. Orpheus performances unfold dynamically, moment-by-moment, creating an energy shared by musicians and audiences alike.

Now in its 46th year, the Grammy Award-winning ensemble was founded by a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble with the richness of an orchestra and has performed without the use of a conductor since its inception. Musicians rotate leadership roles for all rehearsals and performances as well as organizational capacities such as programming and governance.

Orpheus has recorded over 70 albums on all major classical labels, including a February 2019 release on Deutsche Grammophon of Mendelssohn concertos with pianist Jan Lisiecki. The group has commissioned and premiered 49 new works for chamber orchestra. Orpheus presents an annual performance series in New York City featuring collaborations with world-class guest soloists. A touring ensemble, Orpheus has performed in major international venues across 167 cities in 46 countries across four continents and has appeared regularly in Japan for 30 years.

Orpheus is committed to sharing its collaborative Process® with communities worldwide through engagement programs for listeners of all ages. These include underwritten concert tickets and in-class visits from musicians for K-12 NYC students, development opportunities for emerging professional musicians from demographics underrepresented in classical music, and Orpheus Reflections, an enriching program for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia and their caregivers.


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at Dorn Music.

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Website: http://orpheusnyc.org

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Season Preview 2018/19

Album highlights

Title: Emperor, Coronation
Composer: Beethoven
Other Artists: Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano
Released: 2015
Label: Avex Music Inc.

Title: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, 3 Classic Albums
Composer: Mozart
Other Artists: Frank Morelli – bassoon, Susan Palma Nidel – flutist
Released: 2014
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Title: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven Symphonies NOs. 5 & 7
Composer: Beethoven
Released: 2014
Label: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Tanja Dorn

Owner & President

Phone: +49 (0) 511 13 222 475
Email: dorn@dornmusic.com

Fiona Orpin

Artist Manager

Phone: +49 (0) 511 13 222 472
Mobile: +49 (0) 176 24 619 663
Email: orpin@dornmusic.com