About Us

Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra has made a significant contribution to the Ottawa community and to the development of its arts and culture for over thirty five years.  As Ottawa’s premiere professional chamber orchestra, Thirteen Strings is dedicated to the excellence of artistic expression through the performance of string ensemble music from Baroque to contemporary.  Our mission is to provide audiences with the best of live classical music, where sophisticated repertoire intersects with dynamic, high-quality performance.

Now celebrating its 37th season, the orchestra is led by Artistic Director Kevin Mallon since 2010.  The orchestra was founded in 1976 by conductor Brian Law and string players from the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Mr. Law led the Ensemble until the end of the 1991 season.  Jean-François Rivest served as conductor and artistic director from 1999-2006.

The Orchestra’s core of thirteen string musicians is regularly supplemented by guest performers. From baritones to sopranos, from marimba players to Klezmer specialists, guest artists have helped develop Thirteen Strings into one of the best-known and most eclectic chamber orchestras inCanada.  Thirteen Strings is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors.