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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  • 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:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 28.
    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,  Aurčle Nicolet  ... 
    Conductor:  András Schiff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    Sibelius: Violin Concerto; Schumann: Symphony No 2 / Sokolov, Ashkenazy
    Label: Juxtapositions   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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  • 31.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 24-27 / Larrocha, Solti
    Label: Imports   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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  • 32.
    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:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 33.
    Favourite Rossini Arias / Ricciarelli, Horne, Baltsa, Ramey
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48399 Release Date: 05/13/2010   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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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:  Niccolň 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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    Shostakovich: Chamber Symphonies Opp 83a & 73a / Barshai
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435386 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 43.
    Bach: Piano Concertos 1, 5 & 7 / Steuerman, Judd
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420200 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jean Louis Steuerman
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 44.
    James Galway Plays Mozart / Robles, Chamber Orch Of Europe
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7861 Release Date: 03/31/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  James Galway,  Marisa Robles
    Conductor:  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 45.
    Ultimate Classical Relaxation - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001079002 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Neil Black,  Tess Miller,  Carmel Kaine  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  Sir Neville Marriner,  András Schiff,  Thurston Dart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 46.
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto / Daniel Hope
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001038202 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Sebastian Knauer,  Daniel Hope,  William Conway,  Pascal Siffert  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 47.
    Tchaikovsky, Cui, Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov / Isserlis, Gardiner
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 91134 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  César Cui
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 48.
    Prokofiev: Peter & The Wolf / Sting, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000819409 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Sting
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 49.
    Tchaikovsky: Souvenir De Florence, String Serenade / Korsten
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437541 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Gerard Korsten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 50.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 31, 39, 40, 41; Schubert / Harnoncourt
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000957809 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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