Welcome! “From Ancient Airs”

…”From Ancient Airs” is the new blog of the Chamber Orchestra of New York. As Music Director and Founder, I warmly invite all of our friends, fellow musicians and colleagues, and all interested visitors, to be part of this new, music community.

The Chamber Orchestra of NY “Ottorino Respighi” is a relatively new auditioned ensemble, which came to life in October of 2007, with a debut at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall. We are dedicated to promoting leading young professional musicians, and feature the music of Ottorino Respighi as well as other masters.

Like Respighi, we endeavor to contribute (in our own way) to an evolving renaissance of musical ideas, with an appreciation for the continuity of tradition. The blog has been named after Respighi’s famous works Ancient Airs and Dances Nos. 1-3.

We have established this blog as an open venue for us to share thoughts and reflections about all of our music making experiences and observations or critique, from concerts and recordings to academic teaching and research; also to discuss any variety of related topics involving the diverse classical (although not exclusively) music scene including chamber and all forms of contemporary music. I hope that this forum will also provide food for thought regarding interdisciplinary issues and connections pertaining to music as well: all arts (from architecture to painting and film), literature and philosophy, languages if not history etc.

Each contributor will surely bring his/her own visions. Each vision its own enlightened journey. As one of my former teachers Ludmila Ulehla (of Manhattan School of Music) said once to me…”Wishing you happiness and the joy of finding new surprises — as a chord that glitters and melodies that truly sing.”


Salvatore Di Vittorio
Music Director, Chamber Orchestra of NY