The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (LCO) is one of the most internationally acclaimed orchestras in Lithuania. Formed in 1960 by professor Saulius Sondeckis (he was chief conductor and artistic director until 2004), the young ensemble was to make their first successful appearance in the West at the Echternach Festival in Luxembourg in 1976. Since then, it has given concerts and appeared at festivals and musical events around the world. Its current chief conductor and artistic director is the renowned violinist Sergei Krylov.
Over five exceptionally successful decades, the LCO has collaborated with many famous soloists, conductors and choirs, and made more than a hundred recordings of its diverse repertoire, with a special emphasis on music by Bach and Mozart. The orchestra is also known for giving premières of works by Arvo Pärt and Alfred Schittke, who have both dedicated pieces to it.