Renowned for its artistic excellence, remarkable versatility of musical styles, and adventurous programming, The COT is a dynamic orchestral ensemble of 40+ musicians hailing from all parts of North Carolina. Led by Artistic Director Lorenzo Muti and Principal Conductor Niccoló Muti, the COT often features classical music’s foremost up and coming talents. Today, it is considered one of the finest professional ensembles in North Carolina and the Southeast.
The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle's foremost objective is to present performances of extraordinary quality, including works rarely performed. A core goal of the orchestra is to create performance and educational opportunities for some of the nation's most talented emerging musicians.
The COT began as St. Stephen’s Chamber Orchestra in 1982 under the direction of violist George Taylor . Founding members included Thomas Kenan, Mary and James Semans, and Joseph Kitchen.