The Orchestra of Europe was founded 2011 in Zurich by former members of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra (www.gmjo.at). 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, Herbert Blomstedt, Iván Fischer, Myung-Whun Chung, Sir Colin Davis, 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 Vienna Philharmonic, 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 Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Tonhalle and the Philharmonia Zurich, the Chamber Orchestras of Lausanne and Basel, to mention only a few.
Thanks to the support of the Konzertchor Harmonie Zürich and his conductor Peter Kennel the Orchestra of Europe achieved a few successful performances at the Tonhalle Zurich, the Kulturcasino Bern and the Stadttheater Winterthur as well as at the Opening Concert of the famous Art Messe Basel.
The idea of this Orchestra is to enable the young musicians a common musical future after their Youth Orchestra career. 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.