Chamber Orchestra of Europe

"The finest chamber orchestra in the world" (BBC 2 Television) © Julia Wesely

Acknowledged as “the finest chamber orchestra in the world” (BBC 2 Television), the Chamber Orchestra of Europe was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians graduating from the European Union Youth Orchestra. Of that original group, thirteen remain in the current core membership of around sixty.

Performances are given regularly in the major cities of Europe and occasionally in the USA and the Far East. The COE has strong links with the Lucerne Festival and also with many of the major concert halls in Europe. These include the Philharmonie de Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden.

Over the years the COE has performed with many of the world’s greatest artists. The Orchestra developed especially close relationships with the late Claudio Abbado and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Now, it is fortunate to be working very closely with Bernard Haitink, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Sir András Schiff, who are all Honorary Members, and has forged strong artistic partnerships with Pierre Laurent Aimard, Lisa Batiashvili, Janine Jansen, Vladimir Jurowski, Leonidas Kavakos, Sir Antonio Pappano and Robin Ticciati.


The Chamber Orchestra of Europe works with all the major recording companies and, in just over thirty-five years, has recorded over 250 works. It has won numerous prizes for its recordings including three Gramophone Record of the Year awards and two Grammys. The COE was the first Orchestra to create its own label, COE Records, in association with ASV Records, now distributed by Sanctuary/Universal Music.

The COE is a private orchestra which receives invaluable financial support from a number of Friends including particularly the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Concerts 2019:
06th of October 2019 – Kammermusiksaal Berlin – works by Haydn and Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Joseph Haydn: Ouverture to the opera L’isola disabitata Hob. Ia:13, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D major Hob. XVIII:11, Symphony No. 88 G major / Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor op. 25, Symphony or. 4 A major op. 90 »Italian« (András Schiff: piano and direction)

COE Biography 2019

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