East-West Chamber Orchestra ®
Member of the International Artist Managers' Association
Consists of more than 20 Nationalities

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 became the orchestra-in-residence at the East-West-Festival in Germany.

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Rostislav Krimer and the East-West Chamber Orchestra deliver exceptionally fine performances of these two works. I was particularly impressed by the quality of string playing in the extremely taxing Second Chamber Symphony, not least the capacity of these performers to create a real sense of mystery in the many passages which Weinberg marks to be played treble pianissimo. *****
BBC Music Magazine, October 2021 Erik Levi
I wish to the East-West Chamber Orchestra great future...
The President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier

The Orchestra-For-Peace 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.

It has also been for years the-orchestra-in-residence of the Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival, also performing throughout Europe. Since 2023, it has become the resident orchestra at the East-West-Festival in Germany. The orchestra sees itself as an ambassador for transnational collaboration, Peace and cultural unity throughout Europe and beyond.

East-West Chamber Orchestra takes part regularly in charity events for children, collecting funds for medical equipment in hospitals, working closely for UNICEF and since 2023 with independent charity organization fof children in need “Save The Children”. 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 Klassik. EWCO also committed pieces by renowned composers for world premieres. So, one of the most famous composers of today Erkki-Sven Tüür has written and dedicated his piece for piano and strings “Leaving behind…” to Rostislav Krimer and East-West Chamber Orchestra and it will be premiered in 2024. 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.

Chief-Conductor and Artistic Director Rostislav Krimer was also grounder and Artistic Director of the Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival which he was leading for 15 years. Founding the Orchestra was the natural next step for the highly acclaimed pianist who was for many years a duo partner of legendary Paul Badura-Skoda, worked closely with Krzysztof Penderecki, Maxim Vengerov, Gidon Kremer and Julian Rachlin. He is a Star-Ambassador of 2nd European Games as well as Friend of UNICEF. www.eastwestchamberorchestra.com

What famous people and critics are saying about EWCO:
I wish to congratulate you on this projects and events, which are highly commendable and make an important contribution to intercultural dialogue...
Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva Michael Møller,
The East-West Chamber Orchestra translates the poignant emotions expressed by the composer with infinite respect, and perhaps goes a step further than the Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer in conveying this dramatic and touching message...
Crescendo Magazine
Allow me to congratulate you for your excellent initiative, which demonstrates your commitment to arts education and encourages young people to pursue excellence in music while promoting intercultural dialogue. These values resonate strongly with UNESCO's global vision to promote creativity and cultural diversity...
The Assistant-Director General for Culture UNESCO Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán
…Rostislav Krimer has a fine instinct for both works, finding nuances and idiomatic expressive shades...