Founded in 1942 by Victor Desarzens, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (OCL) radiates far and wide the name of it’s city. In residence at the Salle Métropole in Lausanne, is a regular guest of the great halls of Switzerland. The OCL can be heard abroad in venues such as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Vienna’s Musikverein and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and at festivals such as the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival and the Folles Journées de Nantes and Tokyo.
During its history, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne has seen at his desk great figures of the music world: Ernest Ansermet, Günter Wand, Paul Hindemith, Frank Martin, Neeme Järvi, Jeffrey Tate, Heinz Holliger, Bertrand de Billy. In nearly seventy years of existence, it has had only five artistic directors: Victor Desarzens (1942-1973), Armin Jordan (1973-1985), Lawrence Foster (1985-1990), Jesús López Cobos (1990-2000) and Christian Zacharias (since 2000).
Conscious of its public service mission and renewal of his audience, the OCL offers several concerts each season „Discoveries” for families and schools. OCL has a discography of over 250 titles with the German label MDG. Christian Zacharias recordings of Mozart piano earned him praise from the international press.
The OCL is funded by the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud, and is part of the Swiss Association of professional orchestras (ASOP). Most concerts are recorded by Espace 2 and made publicly available on-demand listening www.espace2.ch.