Chamber Orchestra of Europe


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Mendelssohn cycle with Yannick Nézet-Séguin in February 2016 05. Apr 2016

Following on from concerts in Ferrara and Dortmund, the COE performed the complete Mendelssohn Symphony cycle over two concerts at both the Philharmonies in Luxembourg and Paris during February. The concert tour was a great success and a true highlight in the life of the Orchestra. The music-making ...

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NameChamber Orchestra of Europe Founded1981
Main languageEnglish Additional languages German,  Italian,  Dutch; Flemish,  Spanish; Castilian,  Swedish,  Norwegian,  Finnish,  Danish,  Polish,  French 
Andersson, Gert-Inge (viola) - Andrada de la Calle, Clara (flute) - Bader-Kubizek, Maria (violin) - Besançon, Sophie (violin) - Björkman, Hakan (trombone) - Bjorn-Larsen, Jens (tuba) - Blankestijn, Marieke (violin) - Borrani, Lorenza (violin) - Brendstrup, Henrik (violoncello) - Brett, Fiona (violin) - Buchberger, Luise (violoncello) - Buter, Josine (flute) - Chimes, John (percussion) - Conway, Will (violoncello) - de Waal, Jasper (horn) - Dinitzen, Kim (violoncello) - Djupsjöbacka, Tomas (violoncello) - Eastop, Nicholas (trombone) - Eisenberger, Christian (violin) - Forsberg, Ulf (violin) - Frömbgen, Kai (oboe) - Frost, Rachel (oboe) - Gilmore, Benjamin (violin) - Gould, Lucy (violin) - Gould, Kate (violoncello) - Gron, Ida (viola) - Gunia, Christopher (bassoon) - Guyot, Romain (clarinet) - Harshagen, Jan (horn) - Hofert, Claudia (viola) - Jandl, Simone (viola) - Jansson, Ulrika (violin) - Juda, Iris (violin) - Kaul, Matilda (violin) - Lester, Richard (violoncello) - Lloyd, Marie (clarinet) - Olofsson, Peter (violin) - Paulsson, Fredrik (violin) - Pendlebury, Sally (violoncello) - Penny, Howard (violoncello) - Poore, Julian (trumpet) - Randell, Elizabeth (horn) - Rappaport, Joe (violin) - Richards, Peter (horn) - Roberts, Dane (double bass) - Rudner, Hakan (violin) - Saulière, Aki (violin) - Scheytt, Henriette (violin) - Senft, Enno (double bass) - Siffert, Pascal (viola) - Sommer, Dorle (viola) - Thompson, Nicholas (trumpet) - Vollam, Helen (trombone) - Walch, Martin (violin) - Wexler, Elizabeth (violin) - Wilkie, Matthew (bassoon) - Wright, Stephen (viola) - Zetterqvist, Mats (violin)

The COE in Aix-en-Provence 2014
Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboïm after their surprise encore at the Grand Théâtre de Provence with the COE at the Festival de Pâques 2014 in Aix-en-Provence. 
COE at Styriarte 2010
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe plays Smetana's Ma Vlast in the Helmut-List Halle, with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, at Styriarte 2010 in Graz, Austria. 
Bernard Haitink, Hakan Björkman and Helen Vollam
Mr Haitink's dream come true... He'd always wanted to try the trombone! 
The COE at the Aldeburgh 2014 Musicircus
A number of our players took part in the Musicircus organised by the Aldeburgh Festival on 22 June 2014.  
COE and Bernard Haitink at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 2012
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe completes its Beethoven Symphony cycle at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Bernard Haitink, in 2012. 
COE at the South Bank Centre, London
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the South Bank Centre in 2006, for their 25th anniversary. 
Another photo session in Paris
May 2015, Philharmonie 2, Paris. Eric Richmond is at it again... 
Rehearsing Haydn's Creation (Salzburg Festival 2016)
The COE and Yannick Nézet-Séguin rehearse Haydn's Creation in advance of the opening of Salzburg Festival 2016. 
COE at Lucerne Piano Festival 2010
The COE performs a Brahms cycle at the Lucerne Piano Festival in 2010 with Bernard Haitink, at the KKL. 
Rehearsing with Joshua Bell and Emmanuel Krivine
February 2015, Ferrara. 
COE rehearsing at Styriarte 2010
The COE rehearses Smetana's Ma Vlast with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Helmut-List Halle at Styriarte 2010 in Graz, Austria. 
Rehearsing Mendelssohn symphonies with Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Ferrara, 2016)
The COE and Yannick Nézet-Séguin rehearse Mendelssohn symphonies in Ferrara in advance of their recording the symphonies for Deutsche Grammophon at the Paris Philharmonie a few days later (release planned for 2017) 
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Making Music from the Heart

A short documentary about the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with members interviews and a few words by Bernard Haitink during our Beethoven cycle in Paris and Amsterdam in 2011.

Rehearsing with Sir András Schiff
April 2015, Lugano. 
Janine Jansen about the COE
After her amazing performance in Brahms's Violin Concerto with Bernard Haitink and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw on 29 November 2013, Janine Jansen gives her impressions on working with the Orchestra. 
Photo session in Paris
May 2015. The great photographer Eric Richmond is taking a few photos of the orchestra on the beautiful site of the Palais-Royal in Paris. 
The COE, Isabelle Faust and Bernard Haitink at the Barbican (June 2014)
Schumann Symphonies CD - the Making-of
3-minute teaser of a longer documentary shot by Dominic Colchester about the recording of the Schumann symphonies in Paris in November 2012 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin 
The COE and Nikolaus Harnoncourt rehearsing at Styriarte 2010
Styriarte 2010, Graz, Austria - documentary by Gunther Schilhan on the COE rehearsals of Smetana's Ma Vlast with Nikolaus Harnoncourt 
COE at Edinburgh Festival 2013
Lorenza Borrani (violin), Pascal Siffert (viola) and Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor) with thw Chamber Orchestra of Europe at Edinburgh International Festival 2013, in Usher Hall. 
The COE at the Barbican (June 2014)
The COE, Isabelle Faust and Bernard Haitink rehearse Berg's Violin Concerto at the Barbican Centre in London. 
Bernard Haitink about the COE
Bernard Haitink, interviewed by BBC Radio 3, talks about the special experience of performing the Brahms symphonies with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe 
The COE in Aix-en-Provence 2014
COE concert with Martha Argerich and Emmanuel Krivine at the Grand Théâtre de Provence during the Festival de Pâques 2014 in Aix-en-Provence 
The COE, Isabelle Faust and Bernard Haitink (Lucerne 2016)
Isabelle Faust and Bernard Haitink shake hands after Isabelle's brilliant interpretation of Dvorak's Violin Concerto at the Lucerne Summer Festival 2016.