“The COE deserves to be renamed “The Best Orchestra in Europe.”
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe was conceived at the Salzburg Festival in August 1980 when around 40 of the most experienced members of the European Community Youth Orchestra, at the time performing with Herbert von Karajan, decided to form a chamber orchestra to enable them to continue performing together on a professional and long term basis. Since then the COE has enjoyed established relationships with many of the world’s great conductors but in particular with Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Paavo Berglund and Bernard Haitink.
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.”
It's Claudio Abbado's birthday today, so we thought we'd share a memory of him: "Don't watch: listen! Play it like… https://t.co/Rg7PXvLHVk
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