The basis of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra, established in May 1993 by the Krasnoyarsk City Administration, makes the best graduates of the Department of string instruments of the Krasnoyarsk Academy of Music and Theatre. Most of them are the students of Mikhail Benyumov. That is why the orchestra has the unity of school and its own creative style.
Its 20th anniversary year the orchestra finished with a creative trip to the world’s music capital – Vienna, performing a program of Russian music in one of the most legendary concert halls – the Golden Hall of the Vienna Philharmonic «Musikverein».
The creative potential of the Orchestra and the aspiration for performing both the classics and contemporary music attract well-known composers for collaboration who dedicate their works to the Orchestra and trust it the performance of world premieres. From year to year the Orchestra acquaints listeners with never sounded in Krasnoyarsk classical masterpieces. The orchestra has performed the world premieres of contemporary composers Azio Corgi, Jorge Bosso, Ivano Battiston, Alexei Starodubrovsky, Mikhail Arkadiev, Vladimir Ponomarev
The Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra is the initiator, organizer and participant of such large-scale local, regional and international projects and festivals as “Lessons of Live Music”, “Musical Wednesday”, “Young Krasnoyarsk Virtuosos”.But the most important event in the life of the orchestra is the international festival of chamber-orchestral music “Siberia – Europe”, which has become the field of constant creative collaboration of Siberian and outstanding European musicians, the celebration of classical music, which the Krasnoyarsk public looks forward to.
Since 1994 the Orchestra has successfully been touring in Russia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland, France and Austria, taking part in prestigious international festivals. Concerts of the Orchestra were broadcast by the European channel «SKY CLASSICA», the Russian channel “Culture” and the Krasnoyarsk TV companies. In recent years there has been released a number of audio and video discs, which are highly appreciated by specialized editions.
In 2006, in Italy there was released a disc of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra with soloists F. Faes and A. Serova. The disc got the highest grade of the specialized European edition “Audio File”. There were recorded the world premieres of the specially composed for the Winter Arts Surikov Festival the orchestral piece “Morning of Strelets’ execution” by I. Fleischer, the oratorio work by H. Bosso “I am Surikov, a Russian Cossack”, Triple Concerto “In Search of Lost Tango” by J. Bosso for Accordion , Violin, Cello and Orchestra. In addition, in 2010 with the support of H. Sovmen there was released a double CD “Cremona – Krasnoyarsk. Symphony of Two Cities “ with the recordings of world premier performances of the cantatas by A. Corgi “Endless sorrow “(conductor F. Faes, soloist A. Serova) and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by O. Prostitov (conductor A. Kosinski, soloist M. Benyumov).