CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF EUROPE
Acknowledged as one of the finest orchestras in the world, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians graduating from the European Union Youth Orchestra. It was their ambition to continue working together at the highest possible professional level, and of that original group, 18 remain in the current core membership of 50. It is the players’ wealth of cultural backgrounds and shared love of music-making which remain at the heart of their inspired performances. The COE mainly performs in continental Europe, regularly visits the USA and occasionally tours in the Far East.
From the beginning, the rrchestra has appeared with the world’s leading conductors and soloists, and over the years has developed especially close relationships with Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The COE works frequently with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Ivan Fisher, Thomas Hengelbrock, Vladimir Jurowski, Jannick Nezet-Seguin, Andras Schiff and Mitsuko Uchida.
In addition to engagements across Europe during 2009 the Orchestra also travelled to Minnesota for the St Paul International Chamber Orchestra Festival, and to New York for the Mostly Mozart Festival. Performances were given with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Emanuel Ax, Lisa Batiashvili, Douglas Boyd, Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Hélène Grimaud, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Thomas Hengelbrock, Daniel Hope, Vladimir Jurowski, Denis Matsuev, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Maria Joao Pires and Osmo Vanska.
Renowned not only for its remarkable live performances, the COE is recognised for the quality of its many recordings, and has won numerous international recording prizes. It is especially proud of its three Gramophone “Record of the Year” awards—for Rossini’s ‘Viaggio à Reims’ opera and Schubert symphony cycle conducted by Claudio Abbado, and for the complete Beethoven symphony cycle conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. It has also won a GRAMMY®, and the MIDEM “Classical Download” Award. Most recent downloads include the Ades Violin Concerto conducted by Thomas Ades with Anthony Marwood, and Mozart Piano Concertos performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Other recent CD releases include Vivaldi, Bach and Mendelssohn violin concertos (nominated for another GRAMMY® award) with Daniel Hope, Marieke Blankestijn and Lorenza Borrani, and Haydn’s The Creation, Symphony No 96 and The Seasons conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, as well as Stravinsky’s Apollon Musagète and Pulcinella Suite under the direction of violinist Alexander Janiczek.
The COE is a European Union “Cultural Ambassador”, and therefore benefits from invaluable EU support. In recent years the orchestra has also received significant financial support from The Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
For further information, please visit www.coeurope.org.