Herbstgold 2024
8. - 15. September 2024


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The Chamber Orchestra of Europe returns to its Austrian home in Eisenstadt to perform two concerts at this year’s Herbstgold Festival. Resident orchestra at the Schloss Esterhazy since 2022, the COE regularly appears in the Palace’s programme of events every year and we are thrilled that the Esterhazy Foundation has extended our residency until 2027. This year’s Festival is about ‚yearning‘. Julia Rachlin, Artistic Director of Herbstgold, said: „To understand human beings, one must know what they yearn for. It would be too trivial, however, to associate the idea of yearning only with romantic feelings. It is worth taking pause again and again to become aware of one’s own longings. Especially in difficult and uncertain times, the yearning for a better world unites us. Music is the direct manifestation of the yearning felt by humans. So, what could be more natural than to immerse oneself in the world of music, which only comes into being through the emotions and the yearning vibrations of the soul? I’d like you to share in this ‚deep dive‘ exploration of all kinds of yearning.“ You can hear Julian Rachlin talking about the COE with Simon Mundy on our podcast, Interlude, here.

On 11th September, the Orchestra, led by its Associate Leader Marieke Blankestijn, will open the Festival with pianists Martha Argerich and Iddo Bar-Shai and narrator Annie Dutoit-Argerich in Haydn’s Symphonies Nos. 82 and 100 and Saint-Saens’s Carnival of the Animals. On 14th September, the COE will be joined by conductor Julian Rachlin and pianist Yefim Bronfman in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.


Martha Argerich


The Chamber Orchestra of Europe first worked with Martha Argerich in 1987 when she performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the 6-year old COE and Claudio Abbado in Vienna’s Konzerthaus. After more projects together in 1989, 1990 and 1991, we released a recording of the Schumann Piano Concerto conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt for Teldec in 1994. We then embarked on a 6-concert tour to Japan with Martha and conductor Emmanuel Krivine in November/December 1997 when she performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Another tour to Japan happened in October 2000, also with Emmanuel Krivine, in a programme which included Schumann’s Piano Concerto, one of the most iconic pieces of her repertoire.  It was then in 2014 that we joined forces again at the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival where she played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and also treated the astonished audience to a piece for four hands with one of her oldest friends, Daniel Barenboim, who happened to be sitting in the Grand Théâtre that night. Although we had planned to tour with Martha, and also Vladimir Jurowski, in 2020, for reasons we all know this project was cancelled. It is therefore with great anticipation that we look forward to meet again this autumn, this time with one of her protégés, pianist Iddo Bar-Shai and her daughter Annie as narrator in Saint-Saens’s Carnival of the Animals.

For a full biography of Martha Argerich, please click here.


Iddo Bar-Shai


Born in 1977, Israeli pianist Iddo Bar-Shai trained at the Rubin Academy of Music (Tel-Aviv University) with Bracha Ornan-Margalit and then with Pnina Salzman – a former student of Alfred Cortot at the Ecole Normale de Musique and First Prize in the class of Magda Tagliaferro at the Conservatoire de Paris. He also benefited from the teaching of Alexis Weissenberg. Fellow of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (1988-1999), he has been the winner of numerous national and international competitions.

He is now pursuing his international career in Europe, Asia, Brazil and the United States, in particular on the prestigious stages of the Wigmore Hall (London), the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), the Opera City Hall (Tokyo), Beijing Zhongshan Hall and Fredric R. Mann Auditorium (Tel Aviv).

Partner in chamber music of the Ysaÿe, Aviv, Ebène, Modigliani or American String Quartets, he has been playing with orchestra since the age of twelve, among others with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel, the Lille National Orchestra, the Paris Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Aldo Ceccato, Eliahu Inbal, Sir Lawrence Foster, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Kaspar Zehnder, Günter Pichler …

Invited by Martha Argerich as part of the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano, Iddo Bar-Shai has been playing every year at the Roque d’Anthéron Festival since 2004. He participated in the Festival and the Verbier Academy, on the Steans Institute program. of the Ravinia Festival (USA), the Meslay Barn Festival, the Menton Festival, the Radio France Music Festival in Montpellier, the international chamber music festival in Jerusalem (in Berlin and Jerusalem) as well as than at the Festival de la Folle Journée in Nantes, Lisbon, Tokyo, Warsaw and Rio de Janeiro.

Please click here for a full biography.


Yefim Bronfman


Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series. His commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.

Following summer festival appearances in Verbier, Israel, Aspen, Grand Tetons and Sun Valley the season begins with a European tour celebrating the auspicious 500th anniversary of the Munich Opera and Orchestra with concerts in Lucerne, Bucharest, London, Paris, Linz, Vienna and Munich. In partnership with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra together they will visit Japan and Korea followed in the US by return engagements throughout the season with New York Philharmonic, Boston, Kansas City, National, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, San Francisco symphonies and Minnesota Orchestra. With Munich Philharmonic and both Brahms concerti on the program he will travel to Spain and Carnegie Hall followed by European engagements with Budapest Festival Orchestra. An extensive winter/spring recital tour will begin in Ljubljana and include Milan, Berlin, Cleveland, Chicago, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, La Jolla and culminate in Carnegie Hall in early May.

Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. In the United States, he studied at The Juilliard School, Marlboro School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, under Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists, in 2010 he was further honored as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University and in 2015 with an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.


Marieke Blankestijn


Marieke Blankestijn was born in The Hague (Netherlands), studied in Salzburg (Austria) with Sandor Vegh and, at the age of 21, won the International Mozart Competition. She is a founder member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe of which she was appointed Leader in 1985. She also directs and appears as soloist with the COE, with whom she has recorded all the Brandenburg Concertos and her own recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, both to great critical acclaim. In 2012 she was appointed Leader of The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra whose principal conductor is the young israeli conductor Lahav Shani, who took over from Yannick Nézet-Séguin in 2018. Marieke is a committed chamber musician and has lead the Gaudier Ensemble for 20 years, with whom she has recorded twelve CDs for Hyperion Records, in addition to recording Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante with Stephen Isserlis and the Vivaldi and Bach Oboe and Violin concertos with Douglas Boyd. She currently shares her life between rural Dorset and Rotterdam.

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