Iris Juda, COE Violinist
"I'm so grateful for having had the opportunity to get to know many of the masterworks in music through the eyes and ears of Nikolaus Harnoncourt!
He had the ability to give us, COE musicians, a totally clear insight into every piece of music we performed with him. He was uncompromising in achieving his musical goals.
He gave us the courage to express the right emotions at any moment in a composition, even if it meant not producing a "beautiful" sound ". He asked us to “convey the strong statement of each composition to its full potential"; that for him was the beauty. He has had an enormous impact on my approach to music, which I shall always be grateful for!"