COE April concerts in Luxembourg and Paris are cancelled
Unfortunately the concerts of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) in April at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and Paris Philharmonie has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak:
“It is with great disappointment that we must inform you that the Luxembourg and Paris Philharmonies have been forced to cancel our forthcoming concerts with Yannick Nezet Seguin who was due to be conducting Beethoven symphony cycles in both cities. This project was of course going to be a major milestone in the close to 40 year life of the COE and the concerts, apart from being sold out weeks ago, were going to be recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.
Beethoven’s symphonic repertoire has been at the very heart of the COE since its foundation in 1981, and it is an immense blow for us to lose this opportunity to be able to rediscover, perform and record these extraordinary works with Yannick, our special Honorary Member.
It is almost 30 years ago that we performed and recorded our first Beethoven symphony cycle with our first Honorary Member, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, a recording which went on to win every major recording award and which sold over one million CDs. Looking to the future, we will hopefully find a way to bring our current project back to life with Yannick and will announce our rescheduled plans as soon as possible.
Inevitably, we are very concerned about all our concerts that are scheduled in the coming months, particularly those in Germany in May and early June as well as our visit to the Bravo Vail Festival in Colorado with Yuja Wang at the end of June. While we hope a miracle may yet happen, we have to be realistic and accept that all our forthcoming projects in the next few months are in jeopardy as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. We can however assure you that we have every intention of fighting our way through these difficult times and indeed being in a position to continue to make music at the highest level throughout the world, as we have done for almost four decades.”
Video greetings by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and another statement by the orchestra: