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Scottish Chamber Orchestra


The internationally celebrated 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. The ensemble is also proud to engage with online audiences across the globe via its innovative Digital Season

An exciting new chapter for the SCO began in September 2019 with the arrival of mesmerising young conductor Maxim Emelyanychev as the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor.

The SCO and Emelyanychev released their first album together (Linn Records) in November 2019 to widespread critical acclaim. The repertoire - Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major ‘The Great’ – is the first symphony Emelyanychev performed with the Orchestra in March 2018.

The SCO also has long-standing associations with many eminent guest conductors and directors including Conductor Emeritus Joseph Swensen, François Leleux, Pekka Kuusisto, Nicola Benedetti, Richard Egarr, Andrew Manze and John Storgårds.

The Orchestra enjoys close relationships with many leading composers and has commissioned almost 200 new works, including pieces by the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir James MacMillan, Sally Beamish, Martin Suckling, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Karin Rehnqvist, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Nico Muhly, Anna Clyne and Associate Composer Jay Capperauld.

Collaborations with Askonas Holt include a tour to India in 2009, an Asian tour in 2014 and several European tours, with performances most recently at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, premiering Guillaume Connesson's newly commissioned piano concerto with Alexandre Kantorow. In August 2023, the SCO and Maxim Emelyanychev gave their sold-out debut at the Elbphilharomonie Hamburg with violinist Alina Ibragimova.


  • May 2024 - May 2024
    La Halle aux Grains, Toulouse | deSingel, Antwerp | Residenz, Wurzburg [MozartFest Würzburg]

    Maxim Emelyanhchev (conductor) Alina Ibragimova (violin) Programme 1: Mendelssohn Hebrides, Beethoven Violin Concerto, Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 Programme 2: Jay Capperauld The Origin of Colour, Beethoven Violin Concerto, Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 Programme 3: Mendelssohn Hebrides, Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3