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Chamber Orchestra of Europe

September 2010

Supported by the European Union Culture Programme and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation


SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS Tanglewood Festival, Boston, USA Mostly Mozart Festival, New York, USA September Tour with Trevor Pinnock and Maria João Pires to France, Germany and Luxemburg

Nils Olander, Panoramio


On 10th August, members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and one of their closest partners, French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, performed works by Bach, Carter and Ligeti “Well, this is a very unique in Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall outside Boston. As the pianist told the online paper orchestra you know? They Classical Music News Russia, this collaboration is always being an occasion of “great joy”. decided 30 years ago to found an orchestra... and the best possible musicians joined for this project, and worked on great pieces with great conductors or musicians. They are people from an incredibly fine culture, and a very incredibly refined orchestra musically. I got the chance to be closely associated with them from 2000; I feel it’s very significant that we a re associated again “

“In the Trio Sonata from the “Offering”, flutist Clara Andrada de la Calle and violinist Mats Zetterqvist (both members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe) polished their tones to a high gloss, scrupulously matching their articulation against the grid of Aimard’s sober harpsichord accompaniment” [The Boston Globe, 12/08/2010]

The COE and Pierre-Laurent Aimard played together again at the Lincoln Center in New York on 13th, 14th and 15th August in the context of a “festival within a festival”, namely a concert series on the theme ‘Bach and Polyphonies’, initiated by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, within the Mostly Mozart Festival. They also performed pieces by Bach, Carter and Ligeti; according to Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Bach is “the most phenomenal polyphonist, with the most marvellous brain, able to organise the most challenging architectures in music” and American centenarian Elliott Carter is “the greatest living polyphonist”. The late night concert on 13th August also featured Ensemble Basiani, a Georgian choir singing traditional From Time Out New York Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and liturgical Georgian Polyphony. Pianist

“The orchestra, which played impressively throughout, created a taut, buoyant period sound that was particularly commendable in the performance on Sunday of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3—in which Mr Aimard played the harpsichord instead of the piano. An excellent performance of Bach’s keyboard Concerto in F minor concluded that program.” [New York Times, 17/08/2010]

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

September 2010

Supported by the European Union Culture Programme and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation


Name: Mats Zetterqvist COE Position: Principal Second Violin Date and Place of Birth: 1954, Sweden Instrument: 1768 Guadagnini violin He said about COE: “The COE gives me new challenges and inspiration every time I play there. The COE is a remarkable example of European integration. How in spite of the cultural differences, music is made together – how thanks to the same differences the music is enriched by all the qualities that no country in Europe possesses alone, is a true miracle. And the same atmosphere of exchange and friendship is as present on stage as it is at the restaurants after ‘work’. ”

UPCOMING ON THE COE WEBSITE Members Interviews Recordings Catalogue

SEPTEMBER TOUR: TREVOR PINNOCK AND MARIA JOAO PIRES From 23rd to 30th September, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and internationally renowned Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires will perform two symphonies, one piano concerto and one rondo for violin and orchestra by Mozart and will be conducted for the first time by Trevor Pinnock. This tour will take the orchestra to the Opéra de Dijon, Kölner Philharmonie, Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Cité de la Musique in Paris and Frankfurt’s Alte Oper. For further details about these concerts and/or to book tickets, please visit the Concert Schedule section of our website at

Maria João Pires with the COE at the Lucerne Festival in 2009

The orchestra is thrilled to be performing again with Maria Joao Pires, with whom it recorded various CDs including Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Fantaisie(conducted by Emmanuel Krivine) and Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 17 and 21 (conducted by Claudio Abbado).

WATCH... ... the COE rehearsing with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at this year’s Styriarte Festival in Graz, in the Helmut-List Halle..

... the trailer of the most recent DVD release of the COE, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski , performing works by Strauss and Ravel with Hélène Grimaud, filmed at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.

OFFICE MOVE On 20th August, we left the buzz of Victoria for the glamour of Westminster! Please make note of our new address and numbers: North House, 27 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 3LN, tel: +44 (0)20 7070 3333, fax: +44 (0)20 7070 3330.

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