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Clara Andrada de la Calle, COE Principal Flute

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“Nikolaus Harnoncourt taught me the most about phrasing, music history and music in general! I grew up listening to his recordings, especially the ones with the COE. For me, they are still "the reference".
I admired his revolutionary mind, his desire to make sense of the music - as opposed to "fast music learning/making" that today’s society and its frantic pace imposes onto us – his eternal curiosity about learning more repertoire, the magical energy he communicates when making music.
I wish every musician could have had the chance to work with him. I'm convinced there was a "before and after Nikolaus Harnoncourt"-effect for everybody who was able to make music with him.”