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Fiona Brett, COE Violinist

Fiona Brett

I remember playing in the very first concert which Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducted with COE in Vienna in 1986. I was blown away by his passion and his descriptive interpretation of the music. I had never experienced anything like him before.

He inspired us all to go to the limits of possibility in every musical way. He became the greatest influence on my musical life and I can never thank him enough for the amazing new world which he opened up for me. We made many recordings with him and I cherish every one, but my favourite has to be the Dvorak Slavonic Dances when he used say: “You must dig out your Czech grandmothers”.