The world-renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is made up of a unique collection of talented musicians who inspire and connect with people of all ages. The SCO aims to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to hear their music by touring the length and breadth of Scotland and around the world as proud ambassadors for Scottish cultural excellence. Recent collaborations with Askonas Holt include an Asian tour in 2014 and several European tours, most recently in February 2017 and a tour to India in 2009.
Together with Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati, the Orchestra has released four recordings, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique (2012), Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été and La mort de Cléopâtre(2013), Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll (2014) and Schumann’s symphonies. Their full discography exceeds 150 recordings.
The Orchestra enjoys close relationships with many leading composers and has commissioned more than 100 new works, including pieces by Composer Laureate Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and SCO Associate Composer Martin Suckling.
Current SCO Associate Artists include conductor/keyboardist Richard Egarr, director/violinist Alexander Janiczek, and mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, all performing regularly with the orchestra. The SCO has strong relationships with many eminent guest conductors including Principal Guest Conductor Emmanuel Krivine, Conductor Emeritus Joseph Swensen, Olari Elts, John Storgårds and Oliver Knussen.