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Charlotte Geselbracht Walterspiel, Former COE Violist

“The experience of playing Mahler’s sixth symphony in the very first year of ECYO with Claudio conducting was the beginning of a magical transformation for both conductor and musicians. Claudio discovered a new perspective in music-making, being inspired by the youthful enthusiasm and faith; the young people from all over Europe experienced the deep and rewarding understanding and respect from one of the most outstanding conductors. To create COE was the most powerful answer to that. It is the spirit of this friendship and its deep roots still being active in our attitude to music-making which will keep Claudio in my most grateful memory.”