“The COE deserves to be renamed “The Best Orchestra in Europe.”
Acknowledged as “the finest chamber orchestra in the world” (BBC2 Television), the Chamber Orchestra of Europe 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, thirteen remain in the current core membership of around sixty. The members of the COE, selected by the Orchestra itself, pursue parallel careers as international soloists, Leaders and Principals of nationally-based orchestras, as members of eminent chamber groups, and as tutors and professors of music. It is their wealth of cultural backgrounds and shared love of music-making which remain at the heart of their inspired performances.
HarrisonParrott is honoured to work alongside the COE management on their international touring profile including several visits to Spain together with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Janine Jansen, and Semyon Bychkov and Lisa Batiashvili. They have also done several performances in Europe in collaboration with Pierre-Laurent Aimard directing from the keyboard as well as major residencies at the Mostly Mozart Festival, New York. In 2014 they returned to Spain, this time with Vladimir Jurowski and Christian Tetzlaff and in October concerts around Europe with Janine Jansen. In autumn 2016, the orchestra accompanied pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii on a ten-concert tour in Japan.
“Splendidly led by Lorenza Borrani, whose committed edge-of-the-seat body language is always so involving, the members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe – violins antiphonal, cellos and double-basses left of centre, timpani played with hard sticks – glowed with warmth, relishing their phrase endings, articulating the poetry of the Andante like so many great actors on a grand stage.”
Classical Source, 2017
“The Chamber Orchestra of Europe sings like a string quartet in this operatic symphony — its characters are as vivid as those in Don Giovanni.”
The Times, 2017
“the celebrated Chamber Orchestra of Europe forged a consistent approach by bringing out much of the inner detail of the music and also distilling the unique character of each.”
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