The Orchestra-For-Peace East-West Chamber Orchestra brings together outstanding musicians who have themselves won prizes at the world’s most prestigious competitions, including Tchaikovsky, ARD, Queen Elisabeth, Long-Thibaud and Paganini. They are also concert masters and conductors of renowned orchestras playing rare instruments such as Stradivarius, Guarneri-del-Gesu, Guadagnini and Goffriller. This unique combination gives the East-West Chamber Orchestra its outstanding sound.
The orchestra is based in the Beethoven city of Bonn in Germany and was founded in 2015 by Rostislav Krimer. It was also the resident orchestra of the Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival and performed in Europe. The orchestra sees itself as an ambassador for transnational cooperation, peace and cultural exchange throughout Europe and beyond. Since 2023 it has also been the resident orchestra at the East-West Festival in Germany.
The East-West Chamber Orchestra includes first class soloists from Germany, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Croatia, Great Britain, USA as well as from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova , Israel, Japan, China, Turkey, Australia and many other countries. The aim is to strengthen ties and cultural cooperation between Eastern and Western Europe and worldwide.
The East-West Chamber Orchestra regularly participates in children’s fundraisers, collects donations for medical equipment in hospitals and works closely with UNICEF. It was the first orchestra in history to be recorded by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and whose work as ambassadors of peace was recognized.
The orchestra’s patrons include big names such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Evgeny Kissin, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Julian Rachlin, John Axelrod, Mihai Constantinescu and many others.
The East-West Chamber Orchestra is an active promoter of contemporary music and new repertoire. Recently, M. Weinberg’s 4 Chamber Symphonies releases on Naxos received top reviews from around the world and were nominated for the International Classical Music Awards and Opus Classic, among others. The EWCO is also dedicated to works by renowned composers for world premieres. Her performances were broadcast by Medici.TV and numerous television and radio stations worldwide.
The orchestra has collaborated with first class soloists such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Fazil Say, David Geringas, Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Sergey Krylov, Alexander Knyazev, Ksenija Sidorova, Vivian Hagner, Leticia Moreno and many others. In 2021, EWCO also debuted at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, leading to a renewed invitation for 2023.
They are also experts in creating new extraordinary projects, such as “The Classic Night in the Subway”, in which a subway station is transformed into a real concert hall with a stage, lights, lasers and projections in a matter of hours. This has become an annual event that brings together fashion, sports, arts and ballet on one stage. The regular cooperation of the orchestra with the winners of the World and European Championships in rhythmic gymnastics is another example of such exclusive activities.