Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (TCO) was founded in 1993 by conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. During the past three decades it has become one of Estonia’s signature orchestras and a wel- come guest performer on numerous stages in Europe and all over the world.
TCO has gained recognition for its artisti- cally integral programmes, style-sensitive play and mastery of interpretation. Tallinn Chamber Orchestra has a long-stand- ing cooperation with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir – joint performances and recordings have gained in- ternational fame and recognition for both parties. In 1993, conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste they recorded Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum for the ECM record company. In 2017, the record company Ondine released Tõnu Kõrvits’s CD Lageda laulud (Moorland Elegies) where the music was performed by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra – the record was awarded the Classics Album of the Year at Estonian Music Awards 2018.
Tõnu Kaljuste was the orchestra’s first chief conductor in 1993–1995 and 1996–2001. Juha Kangas collaborated with the orchestra as the chief conductor in 1995–1996 and an artistic adviser in 2001–2003. The following decade was cu- rated by Tallinn Philharmonic Society’s artistic director Eri Klas. In 2013–2019 the chief conductor of TCO was Risto Joost. TCO has performed in many prestigious music festivals such as the Budapest Autumn Festival (2005), Kaustinen Chamber Music Week (Finland, 2005); Festival Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Italy, 2007), Musiikkia!(Finland, 2012); Festival Cervantino (Mexico, 2012), Vale of Glamorgan Festival (Wales, 2015), MDR Musiksommer (Germany 2017); Euphonie (Poland, 2018) etc. In 2013, Tallinn Cham- ber Orchestra received the Estonia Music Council’s Prize for Interpretation. TCO is one of performers on Arvo Pärt’s record Adam’s Lament for which the conductor Tõnu Kaljuste received Grammy in 2014.