The Baltic Chamber Orchestra is undergoing a renaissance. Formed in 2000 by conductor Emmanuel Leducq-Barome and Lev Klychkov, the concertmaster of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the orchestra recently arranged with Rubicon Classics in England to distribute their recordings.

Emmanuel Leducq-Barome studied conducting at the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg with Ilya Musin. He has conducted orchestras throughout Russia and was principle conductor of the Saratov Philharmonic. Based in St. Petersburg, he conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Baltic Chamber Orchestra in 2018.

In 1983 Lev Klychkov was selected by Evgeny Mravinsky to join the Leningrad Philharmonic.  Yuri Temirkanov appointed him concertmaster of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in 1999. He gives master classes in Rome, Taiwan, Korea, and Estonia and frequently performs chamber music.

Based in St. Petersburg, the orchestra is comprised of members of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and select musicians in St. Petersburg. Their first recording with Rubicon, a pairing of Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony (String Quartet No. 8), Op 110a and Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen, won critical acclaim and was an Editor’s Pick in the October 2017 issue of Gramophone.

The Baltic Chamber Orchestra recently recorded a second CD for Rubicon. The CD will feature concertmaster Lev Klychkov performing Prokofiev’s Five Melodies, Romance by Sviridov and other works.  This new recording is scheduled for release in fall 2018.

You can find more information on the Baltic Chamber Orchestra on www.rubiconclassics.org