Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Biography

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe is one of the top smaller orchestral ensembles in the world.

It was formed in 1981 by a group of young professional musicians based in Europe. At that time an international trend was developing to establish permanent orchestras of between 30 and 60 members, smaller than the usual symphony orchestra, but the right size to play many Classical- and Baroque-era works and numerous works for smaller orchestras
Read more composed in the twentieth century.

Although many of the founding members have gone on to important positions in standard orchestras and prominence as solo artists, most of them have remained with the COE since then. The orchestra's schedule usually calls for 150 days a year of commitment, including rehearsals, appearances at major music festivals, individual concerts, and limited tours (mostly in Europe, but sometimes to North America and Japan).

The orchestra is a self-governing organization. Its 50 members elect, annually, a four-man executive committee, who are responsible for business and artistic management of the COE, together with a chairman and general manager. There is no principal conductor, music director, or artistic adviser. Instead, its members bring their widely diverse backgrounds to their gatherings and make suggestions as to repertory. The COE, however, commonly performs with a conductor. A stellar array of maestros have led them. The ones most closely linked to them are Claudio Abbado and Nikolas Harnoncourt (who have recorded a Schubert and a Beethoven symphony cycle, respectively, with the COE). However, other famous conductors, including Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach, Heinz Holliger, Paavo Berglund, Edo de Waart, and Herbert Blomstedt, have appeared on the COE's podium, in just one typical year.

The COE records frequently and won Gramophone Record of the Year awards three times, for the above-mentioned Beethoven and Schubert cycles and for their work on Abbado's recording of Rossini's Il Viaggio ŕ Reims.

It is not identified with a particular city, but has a working relationship with a number of orchestras and rehearsal-performance venues, including the Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie in Berlin, Ferrara Musica in Italy, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and the Styriarte Festival in Graz and the Salzburg Festival, where the members often assemble to work and perform. Read less
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  • 1.
    Schumann: The Symphonies / Nezet-Seguin, COE
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002027502 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Distant Light -  Bach, Vasks: Violin Concertos / Renaud Capucon
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 1178881 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
    Conductor:  Renaud Capuçon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte / Villazon, Erdmann, Nezet-Seguin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001871202 Release Date: 08/20/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mojca Erdmann,  Rolando Villazón,  Angela Brower,  Miah Persson  ... 
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 5.
    Claudio Abbado - The Symphony Edition [41-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001846502 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Violeta Urmana,  Thomas Moser,  Thomas Quasthoff,  Karita Mattila  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94659 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Alexander Goldenweiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen,  Paavo Järvi,  Roy Goodman,  Gil Sharon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima La Musica,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hanover Band  ... 
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    The Art Of Sir Georg Solti
    Label: Imports   Catalog: 1037609 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Zoltán Kodály,  Leó Weiner,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandru Agache,  Tamás Daróczy,  Julia Varády,  Iris Vermillion  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Hungarian Radio/TV Chorus,  Budapest Festival Orchestra  ... 
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    Brahms: Symphonies / Berglund, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1229 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Solti: The Legacy, 1937-1997
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001777802 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Margaret Price,  Tito Gobbi,  Mirella Freni,  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Forever Domingo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001784502 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Lara,  Nicholas Brodszky,  Salvatore Cardillo,  Ernesto Lecuona  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Sherrill Milnes,  Piero Cappuccilli,  Nicolai Ghiaurov  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcel Peeters,  Karl-Heinz Loges,  Herbert von Karajan,  Giuseppe Sinopoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart 111 [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001766872 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Emil Gilels,  Elena Gilels,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Daniel Hope - Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564660542 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Benjamin Britten,  Maurice Ravel,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Hope,  Sebastian Knauer,  Gaurav Mazumdar,  Asok Chakraborty  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Watkins,  Maxim Shostakovich,  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Camerata Salzburg
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    Haydn: Insanae Et Vanae Curae; Mozart: Requiem; Ave Verum Corpus
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 660707 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Frances Bourne,  Carys Lane,  Paul Badley,  Matthew Brook
    Conductor:  Nigel Short
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenebrae,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Edita Gruberova: The Teldec Recordings
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 662047 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edita Gruberova
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Rossini: Operas / Claudio Abbado [9-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001676502 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Luigi Roni,  Stefania Malagú,  Renato Cesari,  Enzo Dara  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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    Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Solti, Fleming, Von Otter, Pertusi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001616102 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Adelina Scarabelli,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Renée Fleming,  Frank Lopardo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  London Voices
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    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Nelson, Wilson, Deshong, Schukoff, Sherratt
    Label: Juxtapositions   Catalog: 3079358 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Tamara Wilson,  Nikolai Schukoff,  Brindley Sherratt,  Elizabeth Deshong
    Conductor:  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Gulbenkian Chorus
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  • 19.
    Ades - Anthology
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 88560 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Adčs
    Performer:  Thomas Adčs,  Anthony Marwood,  Susan Bickley
    Conductor:  Thomas Adčs,  Markus Stenz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet,  Arditti String Quartet,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Bach: 6 Brandenburg Concertos, Oboe Concertos / Boyd, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779559 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Douglas Boyd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 21.
    The Art of Salvatore Accardo - Una Vita per il Violino
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 959877 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Niccolň Paganini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Margaret Batjer,  Douglas Boyd
    Conductor:  Salvatore Accardo,  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Colin Davis,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  I Solisti di Napoli,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 / Harnoncourt, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 673910 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Schubert: Mass In A Flat Major, D678
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4674302 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Luba Orgonasova,  Birgit Remmert,  Deon Van der Walt,  Anton Scharinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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    Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez, Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre / Ramirez
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 244 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Charles Ramirez
    Conductor:  Douglas Boyd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez, Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre / Bream, Gardiner
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 7715022 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Julian Bream
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Leo Brouwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra
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