About Us

Established in 1997, The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is Connecticut’s premier professional chamber orchestra dedicated to presenting both traditional and contemporary classical chamber works to the public.

The Virtuosi, led by founder and artistic director Adrian Sylveen, currently presents approximately ten critically acclaimed concert and opera programs each season. Virtuosi also presents eight school concerts for the New Britain Department Education.  All together, the group performs thirty times a season in New Britain, Hartford, New London, Middletown, New York, and Waterbury. Virtuosi also presented occasional concerts in Mystic, Meriden, New York City, and Pennsylvania.

The organization consists of approximately 27 professional musicians representing many nationalities.

The mission of Virtuosi is to preserve and perpetuate the great traditions of chamber orchestral music through the expansion of public performance season, education series, and by showcasing the excellence of regional and international talent. In the choice of repertoire special attention is given to music from Eastern Europe.

Orchestra constantly expands the repertoire by including modern music, and lesser known classical compositions. It premiered works written for the Virtuosi by several Connecticut based composers.  In addition Virtuosi in collaboration with the CLO performs “all time favorites” operas by Puccini Verdi, Mozart, Strauss, Rossini, and many others.

The Orchestra collaborates on many projects with Central Connecticut State University, Middletown Concert Association, Chopin Foundation in NY, and others. In 2003 the Virtuosi became the permanent orchestra of the New London based Connecticut Lyric Opera. With the CLO Virtuosi co-produces four fully staged opera productions per season.

Other Virtuosi’s important educational programs are Music Academy and the Summer Music Institute & Festival, both at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. These very successful pre-academic initiatives provide students from greater Hartford area and from abroad with practical college preparatory training and performance experience.

in 2015 Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Connecticut Lyric Opera co-initiated an international Greve Opera Academy and Music Festival in Greve-In-Chianti, Italy. The program attracts opera and instrumental students from all continents.

In addition to performances the Orchestra makes an effort to enrich the local community by providing other programs such as free tickets to the local schools, free lectures etc.