When you explore the world as much as we do, you always encounter incredible people with fascinating stories to tell.

Between The Bars, the MCO's own podcast, takes you behind the scenes and beyond the music through conversations with the artists and people that we meet on our journey exploring the world.

So tune in, subscribe and, as ever, keep listening.
Contact the podcast team: podcast@mahlerchamber.com




In this heartwarming discussion, Mitsuko shares her life story, from her musical upbringing to becoming one of the most revered pianists of our time. Discover the deep roots that music has in her life and how they have shaped her career.



With members originating from 27 diverse countries, "Heimat" (home and belonging) holds much significance for the MCO.



This episode reveals the personal side of our journey – from unexpected accidents to the importance of family contact while on the road. It's a candid look at the realities that come with being an international musician.



“I've got a picture of me as a baby, and my father holding me then. And that I always have at my bedside when he's gone.” – Oliver Dondelinger.



It's a fact - life changes when a little one comes on the scene. But how do you navigate the realms of parenthood when you're a musician and part of an internationally traveling orchestra?


The Big Goodybe / Part II

"I think the most important, it's not me at all. It's just the music" - Patricia Kopatchinskaja



"I always wanted to create a juxtaposition between the glorification of nature and what we actually did to nature" - Patricia Kopatchinskaja



For the final episode of Mozart Momentum: in conversation, we focus on "Mozart in our time".


mozart momentum: in conversation / part iii

Everybody knows Mozart for arias, opera and concert pieces, but not all know that he was a pioneer who fought for professional and artistic freedom. The composer is often considered the first musician who emancipated himself from the subordination of the feudal system and worked as a freelancer.


Mozart momentum: In conversation / part ii

How did Mozart's membership with the Freemasons influence his life and compositions? Discover along with us as we dive deep into Mozart's involvement with the mysterious fraternal organisation.


Mozart momentum: in conversation / Part I

1785/1786, two of the most fruitful years in Mozart's life as a composer, inspired the MCO and Leif Ove Andsnes to partner up for a multiyear recording- and performing project: Mozart Momentum 1785/1786. As the second album of the project launches, focusing on the year 1786, Between the Bars hosts a four-part miniseries podcast that explores the life of Mozart in those two vital years.


MuSic in VR I The unanswered question

Imagine walking on stage in the middle of a concert, submerging yourself into the music as you walk between the musicians. With VR performances entering the terrain of classical music, this is no longer just a dream.


Eat, Sleep, Dream,Compose | George Benjamin

Ever since he was a child, Sir George Benjamin wanted to be a composer. At only twenty, his piece ‘Ringed by the Flat Horizon’ was played at the BBC Proms. Fourty years on and the MCO, under George’s baton, will present the world premiere of ‘Concerto for Orchestra’ at the same event.


Music In My Head | Paul Whittaker on Music & Deafness

Yannick Dondelinger speaks with Paul Whittaker, deaf musician, performer and creative advisor of our Feel the Music education programme.


From Rolando Villazón With Love | Mozartwoche & MCO

World-renowned tenor, opera director, novelist, cartoonist and artistic director of one of classical music's biggest festivals, the Salzburg Mozartwoche, Rolando Villazón is a man of many, many, many talents.


Future Fear, Future Fantastic | Pekka Kuusisto

What will the future look like? Sound like? Be like? Delve into the multidisciplinary mind of MCO Artistic Partner Pekka Kuusisto, as together we probe the limits of the possible and imagine the impossible.



It was the night before Brexit, and the MCO was in the heart of London performing Mozart with Mitsuko Uchida to a sold-out Royal Festival Hall. What would this well-travelled and wordly composer have made of Britain's departure from the European Union?


The Flying Conductor | Daniel Harding

Meet the musician who takes being a high-flying success more literally than most.


Musical Migration | Kirsty Hilton & Mark Hampson

Sunscreen in winter? Sleeping with one eye shut? Violinist Kirsty Hilton and Trombone player Mark Hampson go Between the Bars with Yannick Dondelinger to share stories about growing up in one part of the world and making classical music in another.


between the bars

Introducing Between the Bars