Mount Vernon Virtuosi is an innovative chamber orchestra of exceptional young musicians in transition from their studies into a professional career. Founded by virtuoso cellist Amit Peled, the ensemble alternates between a free-of-charge concert season in its home community in Maryland, with paid invitations in Virginia, Greater Washington, DC and beyond. Amit Peled conducts and performs with what he calls “musical athletes” aiming for their highest level of performance. The players bring years of study and investment in their abilities. Patrons sustain their continued practice and performance. Together they give back to their community in concert venues, schools, hospitals, prisons and other community arenas.