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Chamber Orchestra of Europe

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians who became acquainted as part of the European Community Youth Orchestra (now EUYO). There are now about 60 members of the COE (still 13 founding members), who pursue parallel careers as principals or section leaders of nationally-based orchestras, as eminent chamber musicians, and as tutors of music.

As one of the first ‘independent’ orchestras (independent sponsorship, funding and the foundation by the musicians themselves) it had become a pioneer and a role model for many generations of young orchestra musicians.

The members travel from various European countries to the respective place of the current project. The ensemble unites different cultures, languages and schools and as a result they win a flexible, professional, focused and open working atmosphere.

The Brexit and it’s unpredictable consequences is confrontating the ensemble based in London with new challenges. In partnership with the Kronberg Academy, the COE will become the first-ever orchestra-in-residence at the future Casals Forum in Kronberg (close to Frankfurt/Main) from 2021.

Currently the Orchestra works closely with Bernard Haitink, Sir András Schiff and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who are all Honorary Members.

With more than 250 works in its discography, the COE’s CDs have won numerous international prizes, including two Grammys and three Gramophone Record of the Year Awards.

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