Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra (MCO) is New York’s finest tailor-sized ensemble. Gathering the City’s talents since 2012, MCO has acquired a reputation of excellence. MEtamorphosis tackles grand symphonic works and bold musical creations with the same vibrant energy. Lead by its founder, Artistic Director, and bassoonist Pierre Lidar, Metamorphosis received the audience’s acclaim for its Mozart Operas performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In 2019, co-Artistic Director and clarinetist Louis Arques joined Pierre to expand the ensemble’s scope with cross-genres projects and hip underground venue collaborations. “Curating our independent concert series and constantly building new bridges through artistic collaborations, our mission is to unearth narratives of composers’ lives. Our innovative programming spans three centuries of musical genres and cultures and keeps on trailblazing an artistic path for the future.” Pierre Lidar, AD.
METAMORPHOSIS began as an idea to amalgamate artistic, historical, and cultural elements into a cohesive whole. Created by Pierre Lidar, Taddes Koris, and Jacek Mioduszewski in 2012, the ensemble has grown into an active and flexible chamber group. This New York City based orchestra is comprised of top musicians of various ethnic backgrounds and plays a variety of repertoire covering many styles of music.
Metamorphosis’s main focus is orchestral repertoire for chamber ensemble, ranging from early classical to 20th century music. We also strive to collaborate with different artistic organizations. Our collaborations include (but are not limited to) chamber music, opera, ballet, musical theatre, broadway, recording, and audio/visual projects.
The inaugural Metamorphosis concert took place on December 13, 2012, highlighting the music of Austria in the 1930's and 1940's. The program featured Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen and Franz Schreker's Intermezzo and Chamber Symphony. It was a tremendous success and was followed with a program featuring the works of Arnold Schoenberg, Aaron Copland and Igor Stravinsky.
In June of 2014, the ensemble recorded Rob Kapilow's musical adaptations of The Polar Express and Dr. Seuss' Gertrude McFuzz. The pieces are among the most popular works performed for children by symphonies worldwide and Metamorphosis was the first ensemble to put the works in MuSiC and record them. The album features operas star Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn and is to was released on GPR Records in November 2014.
Metamorphosis is the resident recording orchestra for GPR Records and is signed on for numerous artistic projects in the coming years. Opportunities: Collaborate with us Contact us here with any inquiries about new projects or collaborations.