The Geneva Chamber Orchestra did not come by its name by chance: since its founding in 1992, the Orchestra’s home town of Geneva has been an integral part of its identity. Seeking to reflect the specificities of its 39 musicians, every season’s programme is built around a special theme. Each season the GCO offers a series of eclectic concerts, without forgetting its teaching and cultural outreach activities. Jointly with some of the region’s most prestigious musical institutions, it has been involved in exciting co-productions that are part of the diverse and dynamic local music scene, in particular by being asked to perform in the main opera houses of the region between Geneva and Lausanne. The GCO cultivates its difference by striving to be original and demanding, and to have the courage of its convictions. Since September 2013, the musical and artistic director behind the orchestra’s ambitions is the Dutch conductor Arie van Beek.