The Moonlight Symphony Orchestra is an Orchestra based in three cities of Europe London, Vienna and Amsterdam. The Orchestra was founded in December 2015 by artists Music Director Isolda Da Costa Soares with the purpose to support and mentor young musicians and to help develop their skills to a professional level. It is a unique Orchestra in not having a principal conductor or director, choosing instead to focus on its talented musicians mainly and on their professional development.
The orchestra is acclaimed for its virtuoso musicianship, an inspired approach to concert programming. It often collaborates with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum, resulting in performances of rare insight and energy this Conductors composers and instrumentalists.
Every musician involved with Moonlights Symphony Orchestra develops their chamber and symphonic music skills through a range of exciting ensemble projects and receive expert mentoring from Moonlight Symphony Orchestra musicians and work alongside key guest artists from our main season.
Our Composition scheme
The Isolda Composition Foundation is a worldwide Composers Scheme based in London and in Vienna which offers emerging composers the opportunity to write for a world-class symphony orchestra.
The scheme welcomes composers from a wide range of musical approaches and backgrounds. A diverse selection panel chooses composers who show a high level of compositional ability in writing notated work in contemporary classical or other musical genres, and the potential to write a full symphonic orchestral work for a public workshop and performances at the world’s renown best venues for Classical performances.
The scheme also supports and mentors composers who may have less experience in writing for classical orchestra than others selected for the scheme.
Guided by renowned professors and composers Prof. Mag. Dirk D’Ase from Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, Professor Philip Cashian from the Royal Academy of music the scheme enables composers to experiment over time and develop their orchestral writing skills. Collaborative musical relationships develop with Viennese and London Moonlight Symphony Orchestra players, and the resulting compositions are performed and discussed by the Moonlight Symphony Orchestra players and its founder and Artistic Music Director Isolda.
The Orchestra’s Choir is comprised of singers trained at St John’s College Cambridge and the Royal College of Music, London.