Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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.
The COE performs in some of the most prominent cultural venues in Europe including the Philharmonie in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Cologne Philharmonie and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. The COE has a close association with the Lucerne Festival, the Styriarte in Graz and with many of the world’s most prestigious musical events, such as the BBC Proms in London, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York.
Over the years, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe has developed especially close relationships with the late Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Jurowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Sir András Schiff. The Orchestra also performs with many of the world’s most renowned soloists and conductors including, this season, Piotr Anderszewski, Renaud Capuçon, Sir Roger Norrington, Francesco Piemontesi, Christian Tetzlaff and Robin Ticciati.
In only thirty-five years, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe has recorded over 250 works with all the major recording companies. It has won numerous international prizes for its recordings including three Gramophone Record of the Year awards – for Rossini’s opera Viaggio à Reims, Schubert’s symphonies conducted by Claudio Abbado, and Beethoven’s symphonies conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The Orchestra has also won two Grammys and the MIDEM Classical Download Award. The COE was the first Orchestra to create its own label, COE Records, in association with Sanctuary Records, a division of Universal Music. In 2016, Deutsche Grammophon released the COE’s recording of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin – also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording 2017. Finally, in 2018 Deutsche Grammophon released CEO’s recording Visions of Prokofiev with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Lisa Batiashvili, that won the Opus Klassik Award for the Best Concert Recording of the Year, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 K 466 / Sonatas K 281 & K 332 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Seong Jin-Cho.
The COE receives invaluable financial support from a number of friends including particularly The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, without which it could not survive.
26 January 2019 Berliner Philharmonie (Kammermusiksaal) – Gabriel Fauré: »Pelléas et Mélisande«, Suite op. 80 / Hector Berlioz: »Les Nuits d’été« for soprano and orchestra op. 7 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425 »Linz« (Robin Ticciati / Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano)
29 January 2019 Laeiszhalle Hamburg – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade D-Dur K. 62a – S’altro che lacrime (Aria Servilia from »La clemenza di Tito«), Venite inginocciatevi (Aria Susanna from »Le nozze di Figaro«), Vedrai carino (Aria Zerlina from »Don Giovanni«), Ach, ich fühl’s, es ist verschwunden (Aria Pamina from »Die Zauberflöte« KV 620), Ei parte … Per pietà, ben mio, Er fliehet … Hab Erbarmen, mein Geliebter (recitativ and rondo Fiordiligi from »Così fan tutte« KV 588) / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: »Mens sancta Deo« / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony in C major K. 425 »Linz« (Robin Ticciati, conductor / Louise Alder, soprano)
9 March 2019 Berliner Philharmonie (Kammermusiksaal) – Elliott Carter: Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 15 in B flat major, K. 450 / Elliott Carter: »Epigrams« for piano trio / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 25 in C major, K. 503 (Pierre Laurent Aimard, conductor and piano)
14 March 2019 BOZAR – Klarafestival 2019 – Franz Liszt: 2 Episoden aus Lenaus »Faust« / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 15 in B-flat major K 450 / Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Die erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60 (David Afkham, conductor / Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano / Sophie Harmsen, mezzo-soprano / Werner Güra, tenor / Johannes Weisser, baritone / Tareq Nazmi, bass / Collegium Vocale Gent)
15 March 2019 deSingel – Klarafestival 2019 – Franz Liszt: 2 Episoden aus Lenaus »Faust« / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 25 in C major K 503 / Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Die erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60 (David Afkham, conductor / Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano / Sophie Harmsen, mezzo-soprano / Werner Güra, tenor / Johannes Weisser, baritone / Tareq Nazmi, bass / Collegium Vocale Gent)
16 March 2019 Concertgebouw Brugge – Klarafestival 2019 – Franz Liszt: 2 Episoden aus Lenaus »Faust« / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major K 364 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no. 41 in C minor K 551 »Jupiter« (David Afkham, conductor / Vilde Frang, violin / Lawrence Power, viola)