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 à 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
Ravel, Strauss / Jurowski, Grimaud, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Release Date: 07/27/2010   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 3078738   Number of Discs: 1
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Ravel, Strauss / Jurowski, Grimaud, Chamber Orchestra of Europe [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 11/16/2010   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 3078734   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Rossini: Great Moments From The Barber Of Seville / Domingo, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437841 Release Date: 12/17/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Frank Lopardo,  Placido Domingo,  Kathleen Battle,  Ruggero Raimondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 27.
    Ravel, Strauss / Jurowski, Grimaud, Chamber Orchestra of Europe [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3078734 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Hélène Grimaud
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 28.
    Nikolaus Harnoncourt: The Symphony Collection
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 690049 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 29.
    Thomas Zehetmair: The Teldec Recordings
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 81031 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Michael Haydn,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Tabea Zimmermann,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Clemens Hagen  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Christoph von Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  German Chamber Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 30.
    Bach: Complete Keyboard Concertos / Schiff, Serkin, CO Of Europe [4-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001479702 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Peter Serkin,  Bruno Canino,  Aurèle Nicolet  ... 
    Conductor:  András Schiff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 31.
    Schubert: The Symphonies / Claudio Abbado [5-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001476902 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 32.
    Sibelius: Violin Concerto; Schumann: Symphony No 2 / Sokolov, Ashkenazy
    Label: Ideale Audience   Catalog: 3078748 Release Date: 08/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Valeriy Sokolov
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 33.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 24-27 / Larrocha, Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001453802 Release Date: 08/03/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 34.
    Ravel, Strauss / Jurowski, Grimaud, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3078738 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Hélène Grimaud
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 35.
    Favourite Rossini Arias / Ricciarelli, Horne, Baltsa, Ramey
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48399 Release Date: 05/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Katia Ricciarelli,  Lucia Valentini-Terrani,  Enzo Dara  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Gabriele Ferro,  Ion Marin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Cappella Coloniensis  ... 
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  • 36.
    Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No 1, Quasi Una Sonata / Schiff
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429413 Release Date: 03/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Yuri Smirnov,  Tatiana Grindenko,  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Heinrich Schiff,  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 37.
    Ades: Tevot, Violin Concerto, Couperin Dances
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57813 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Adès
    Performer:  Anthony Marwood
    Conductor:  Thomas Adès,  Simon Rattle,  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
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  • 38.
    Piano Masterworks - The World's Favourite Piano Classics - Bach, Debussy, Etc / Argerich, Arrau, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B001206502 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Friedrich Gulda,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eliahu Inbal,  Horst Stein,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    Stravinsky: Apollon Musagete / Chamber Orchestra Of Europe
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 330 Release Date: 09/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Alexander Janiczek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 40.
    Bach Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001313002 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Heinz Holliger,  György Sebok,  János Starker  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Holliger,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Iona Brown,  Arpád Gerecz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Les Solistes Romands,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Haydn: 7 London Symphonies / Claudio Abbado, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4778117 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 42.
    Beethoven: Fidelio / Harnoncourt, Seiffert, Bonney, Margiono, COE
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4691254 Release Date: 05/04/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Charlotte Margiono,  Barbara Bonney,  Peter Seiffert,  Boje Skovhus  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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  • 43.
    Paganini: Works For Violin And Orchestra - First Complete Edition
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 622/1-8 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  Massimo Quarta,  Salvatore Accardo,  Franco Mezzena
    Conductor:  Massimo Quarta,  Charles Dutoit,  Franco Tamponi,  Luigi Porro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Genoa Teatro del Carlo Felice Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 44.
    Handel Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742563 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Monica Sinclair,  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Giorgio Tozzi,  Jon Vickers  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  John McCarthy,  Raymond Leppard,  Richard Kapp  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 45.
    Mendelssohn Edition, Vol. 1: Symphonies Nos. 1-5; Violin And Piano Concertos
    Label: Wcj   Catalog: 4692729 Release Date: 03/09/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Maxim Vengerov,  Cyprien Katsaris
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Joseph Keilberth,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 46.
    Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella / Bär, Orgonasova, Hampson
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110260 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Olaf Bär,  Luba Orgonasova,  Endrik Wottrich  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 47.
    Vivaldi / Daniel Hope, Anne Sofie Von Otter
    Label: Imports   Catalog: 001250102 Release Date: 02/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lorenza Borrani,  Daniel Hope,  William Conway,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 48.
    Haydn: Symphonies 93 & 101
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429776 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 49.
    Haydn: The Creation / Norrington, COE
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 7074 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Christiane Oelze,  Scott Weir,  Peter Lika
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Berlin Radio Chamber Choir
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  • 50.
    Haydn: The Seasons, H 21 No 3 / Norrington, Oelze, Weir
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 7076 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Christiane Oelze,  Scot Weir,  Peter Lika
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Berlin Radio Chamber Choir
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