Founded in 1986 by a group of prominent musicians and chamber music devotees for the purpose of building an internationally-recognized Chicago institution devoted to the study and performance of chamber music, the Chicago Chamber Musicians reaches more than half a million people annually through its 75-plus performance season, and has been critically acclaimed for its artistic excellence, program diversity and distinguished guest artist roster.
Since 1987, CCM has gained national and international exposure through its touring program. A national leader and advocate of new music, having commissioned sixteen new works by different composers, for its subscription, Music at the Millennium, Family Concert, and Composer Perspectives series. CCM has recorded nine of these with the ensemble.
The Chicago Chamber Musicians is a two-time winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, one each for the Music at the Millennium and the Composer Perspective series.
CCM First Monday Concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center, take place on the first Monday of each month, and are broadcast live on WFMT 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM.