Nikolaus † and Alice Harnoncourt

Nikolaus and Alice Harnoncourt were close and dedicated friends of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for 30 years. For those of us fortunate enough to have known and worked with Nikolaus over three decades, his impact both collectively and individually was revelatory and profound. He was a towering musical personality and a significant influence on all our lives.

Nikolaus connected with our most fundamental understanding of what it is to be a musician and expressed his extraordinary understanding of repertoire and performance practice with strength, boundless energy and a force of character that took us to musical worlds that we did not imagine existed and which have changed our lives.

His influence and emotional connection to us all will always remain strong. We are grateful that we were able to share a great musical journey with him and that we were in his words his “great adventure-troop”.

 

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