The Orchestra-For-Peace East-West Chamber Orchestra brings together exceptional musicians who themselves are lauretates of the most prestigious competitions worldwide, including the Tchaikovsky, ARD, Queen Elisabeth, Long-Thibaud, and Paganini. Additionally, they are concertmasters and leaders of renowned orchestras, playing rare instruments such as Stradivarius, Guarneri del Gesù, Guadagnini, and Goffriller. This unique combination gives the East-West Chamber Orchestra its outstanding sound.
The orchestra is based in the City of Beethoven - Bonn, Germany, and was founded by Rostislav Krimer in 2015. It has also been the resident orchestra of the Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival and has performed across Europe. The orchestra sees itself as an ambassador for transnational cooperation, peace, and cultural exchange throughout Europe and beyond. Since 2023, it has also become the orchestra-in-residence at the East-West-Festival in Germany.
The East-West Chamber Orchestra include best soloists from Germany, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Croatia, UK, USA as well as Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Israel, Japan, China, Turkey, Australia and many others in order to strengthen the bonds and cultural co-operations between Eastern- and Western Europe and all over the world.
East-West Chamber Orchestra takes part regularly in charity events for children, collecting funds for medical equipment in hospitals and working closely with UNICEF. It was the first orchestra in the history to play by Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, who admitted the work of the orchestra as Ambassador of Peace.
Patrons of the orchestra include such great names as Sofia Gubaidulina, Evgeny Kissin, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Julian Rachlin, John Axelrod, Mihai Constantinescu among others.
The East-West Chamber Orchestra is an active promoter of contemporary music and new repertoire. Recently, the releases of M. Weinberg all 4 Chamber Symphonies by Naxos collected best critics from all over the world as well as was nominated among others for International Classical Music Awards and Opus Classic. EWCO also committed pieces by renowned composers for world premieres. Their performances were broadcasted by Medici.TV as well as numerous TV channels and radio around the globe.
The orchestra collaborated with best soloists like Paul Badura-Skoda, Fazil Say, David Geringas, Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Sergey Krylov, Alexander Knyazev, Ksenija Sidorova, Vivian Hagner, Leticia Moreno among many others. In 2021 EWCO also made debut at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest what resulted re-invitation for 2023.
They are also experts in creating new exceptional projects such as for example “The Classical Night in Underground”, when a metro station transforming into a real concert hall with stage, lights, lasers and projection only in couple of hours which became an annual event crossing with fashion, sport, art, ballet on one stage. Also, regular collaboration of the orchestra with winners of World- and Europe- Championships of rhythmic gymnastics is an example of such exclusive activities.