The Orchestra of Europe was founded by members of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra with the idea to enable the young musicians a common musical future after their Youth Orchestra career. Representing more than 15 nationalities, this orchestra is doubtlessly one of the most exciting and promising ensembles of the day.
The musicians learned to know each other during orchestra tours with Claudio Abbado, Franz Welser-Möst, Philippe Jordan, Ingo Metzmacher, Antonio Pappano, Jonathan Nott, Iván Fischer, Myung-Whun Chung, Sir Colin Davies, among others, and appeared together in prestigious venues such as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Semper Opera in Dresden, the Scala in Milan, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome or at the Salzburg Festival.
The majority of the members are already holding permanent or trial positions in leading European orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony and the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Radio Symphony Berlin, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France and the Orchestre National de France,the Rotterdam and the Hague Phiharmonic, the Teatro Reggio Torino, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Tonhalle and the Philharmonia Zurich, the chamber orchestras of Lausanne and Basel, to mention only a few.
Despite their different commitments,the musicians find the time to travel and to play together with their friends regaining an important dose of strength and inspiration.
By this means, the Orchestra of Europe allows to live on parts of the common experiences and to continue Claudio Abbado’s “credo” that music making together with friends always benefits the audience and the musicians at the same time.