‘With the COE, I don’t feel I’m a conductor anymore. I feel I’m a musician who can make music with them.’
— Bernard Haitink, Conductor

Honorary Members

Over the years, the COE has developed particularly close and mutually enriching relationships with some conductors and soloists, working with them several times per season for many years. This is the case of Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus † and Alice Harnoncourt, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Sir András Schiff, all Honorary Members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Please click on the thumbnails below to find out what they have said about the COE.

Bernard Haitink, Conductor
Nikolaus Harnoncourt †, Conductor
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor
Sir András Schiff, Pianist

Conductors

The COE has performed with many internationally renowned conductors and you can read some of their testimonials about the Orchestra by clicking on their photos.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Conductor
Herbert Blomstedt, Conductor
Semyon Bychkov, Conductor
Karina Canellakis, Conductor
Ivan Fischer, Conductor
Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor
Emmanuel Krivine, Conductor
Sakari Oramo, Conductor
  • Conductors
    Claudio Abaddo †
    Robert Abaddo
    Thomas Adès
    Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Rudolf Barshai †
    Jiri Belohlavek †
    George Benjamin
    Paavo Berglund †
    Herbert Blomstedt
    Pierre Boulez †
    Douglas Boyd
    Frans Brüggen †
    Semyon Bychkov
    Karina Canellakis
    Myung Whun Chung
    Nicholas Collon
    James Conlon
    Teodor Currentzis
    Thomas Dausgaard
    Andrew Davis
    Sir Colin Davis †
    Richard Egarr
    Peter Eötvös
    Christoph Eschenbach
    Adam Fischer
    Ivan Fischer
    Thierry Fischer
    Claus Peter Flor
    Lawrence Foster
    Sir John Eliot Gardiner
    Gianluigi Gelmetti
    Carlo Maria Giulini †
    Bernard Haitink*
    Nikolaus Harnoncourt*†
    Thomas Hengelbrock
    Heinz Holliger
    Manfred Honneck
    Philippe Jordan
    James Judd
    Vladimir Jurowski
    Jacek Kasprzyk
    Oliver Knussen
    Gérard Korsten
    Emmanuel Krivine
    Yakov Kreizberg †
    Erich Leinsdorf †
    Lorin Maazel †
    Sir Charles Mackerras†
    Susanna Mälkki
    Sir Neville Marriner †
    Yehudi Menuhin †
    Ingo Metzmacher
    Marc Minkowski
    Kent Nagano
    John Nelson
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin*
    Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla
    Sir Roger Norrington
    Gianandrea Noseda
    Sakari Oramo
    Sir Antonio Pappano
    Murray Perahia
    Libor Pesek
    Trevor Pinnock
    Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Georges Prêtres †
    Msistlav Rostropovich†
    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Sir András Schiff*
    Heinrich Schiff
    Alexander Schneider †
    Oscar Shumsky †
    Sir Georg Solti †
    Anu Tali
    Robin Ticciati
    Michael Tilson-Thomas
    Osmo Vänskä
    Edo de Waart
    Sandor Vegh †
    Ryan Wigglesworth
    Thomas Zehetmair
    Jaap van Zweden

Soloists

The COE has also performed with many world-class soloists and directors. Please click on the thumbnails to find out more about their impressions of the COE.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Pianist
Emanuel Ax, Pianist
Lisa Batiashvili, Violinist
Joshua Bell, Violinist
Renaud Capuçon, Violinist
Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano
Isabelle Faust, Violinist
Janine Jansen, Violinist
Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Violinist
Alisa Weilerstein, Cellist
  • Soloists
    Pierre-Laurent Aimard
    Salvatore Accardo
    Piotr Anderszewski
    Leif Ove Andsnes
    Nicholas Angelich
    Anna Caterina Antonacci
    Martha Argerich
    Yulianna Avdeeva
    Emanuel Ax
    Juliane Banse
    Olaf Bär
    Cecilia Bartoli
    Yuri Bashmet
    Lisa Batiashvili
    Kathleen Battle
    Daniel Behle
    Hildegard Behrens †
    Joshua Bell
    Roberto Benigni
    Kristian Bezuidenhout
    Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich
    Kolja Blacher
    Barbara Bonney
    Florian Bösch
    Ian Bostridge
    Maurice Bourgue
    Frank Braley
    Klaus Maria Brandauer
    Guy Braunstein
    Julian Bream
    Michelle Breedt
    Alfred Brendel
    Angela Brower
    Monserrat Caballe
    Bruno Canino
    Gautier Capuçon
    Renaud Capuçon
    Karen Cargill
    Gianluca Cascioli
    Ildebrando d'Arcangelo
    Bernard d'Ascoli
    Diana Damrau
    Enzo Dara
    Annette Dasch
    Steve Davislim
    Michele deYoung
    Joyce DiDonato
    Placido Domingo
    Veronika Eberle
    James Ehnes
    Mojca Erdmann
    Maria Ewing
    Isabelle Faust
    Bernarda Fink
    Gerald Finley
    Julia Fischer
    Dietrich Fisher-Diskau†
    Renee Fleming
    Martin Fröst
    Lucio Gallo
    Sir James Galway
    Robert Gambill
    David Garrett
    Cecilia Gasdia
    Christian Gerhaher
    Alban Gerhardt
    Rodney Gilfry
    Matthias Goerne
    Hélène Grimaud
    Tatiana Grindenko
    Andreas Groethuysen
    Edita Gruberova
    Werner Güra
    Natalia Gutman
    Friedrich Gulda †
    Clemens Hagen
    Hilary Hahn
    Thomas Hampson
    Barbara Hendricks
    Rolf Hind
    Robert Holl
    Heinz Holliger
    Wolfgang Holzmair
    Daniel Hope
    Alina Ibragimova
    Soile Isokoski
    Steven Isserlis
    Alexander Janiczek
    Janine Jansen
    Darren Jeffrey
    Della Jones
    Isabelle Kabatu
    Cyprien Katsaris
    Christiane Karg
    Leonidas Kavakos
    Simon Keenlyside
    Ralph Kirshbaum
    Evgeny Kissin
    Anu Komsi
    Zoltan Kocsis †
    Patricia Kopatchinskaya
    Anu Komsi
    Magdalena Kozena
    Gidon Kremer
    Elisabeth Kulman
    Pekka Kuusisto
    Katia and Marielle Labèque
    Sergei Leiferkurs
    François Leleux
    Jonathan Lemalu
    Peter Lika
    John Lill
    Marjana Lipovsek
    Herbert Lippert
    Jan Lisiecki
    Alexander Lonquich
    Frank Leopardo
    Louis Lortie
    Radu Lupu
    Oleg Maisenberg
    Mischa Maisky
    Charlotte Margiono
    Anthony Marwood
    Denis Matsuev
    Sally Matthews
    Karita Mattila
    Sylvia McNair
    Waltrud Meier
    Sabine Meyer
    Alastair Miles
    Shlomo Minz
    Johannes Moser
    Regula Mühlemann
    Daniel Müller-Schott
    Hanno Müller-Brachmann
    Viktoria Mullova
    Ann Murray
    Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Georg Nigl
    Jessye Norman
    Gerhardt Oppitz
    Luba Orgonasova
    Alice-Sara Ott
    Cécile Ousset
    Emmanuel Pahud
    Luciano Pavarotti †
    Murray Perahia
    Miklós Perényi
    Miah Persson
    Michele Pertusi
    Francesco Piemontesi
    Maria Joao Pires
    Luca Pisaroni
    Adam Plachetka
    Mikhail Pletnev
    Alina Pogotskina
    Laszlo Polgar
    Maurizio Pollini
    Christian Poltera
    Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Margaret Price †
    Anna Prohaska
    Josef Protschka
    Thomas Quasthoff
    Jean-Guihen Queyras
    Florence Quivar
    Julian Rachlin
    Ruggero Raimondi
    Samuel Ramey
    Marina Rebeka
    Katia Ricciarelli
    Anna Lucia Richter
    Amanda Roocroft
    Mstislav Rostropovich†
    Matti Salminen
    Adelina Scarabelli
    Michael Schade
    Christine Schäfer
    Sir András Schiff*
    Heinrich Schiff †
    Franz-Josef Selig
    Rudolf Serkin †
    Boje Skovhus
    Baiba Skride
    Lauma Skride
    Valeriy Sokolov
    Toby Spence
    Jean-Louis Steuerman
    Tamara Stefanovich
    Cheryl Studer
    Barbara Sukova
    Akiko Suwanai
    Antoine Tamestit
    Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Sir Bryn Terfel
    Lucia Valentina Terrani
    Christian Tetzlaff
    Torleif Tehdeen
    Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Nobuyuki Tsujii
    Sarah Tynan
    Mitsuko Uchida
    Violetta Urmana
    Osmo Vänskä
    Rolando Villazon
    Galina Vishnevskaya
    Stefan Vladar
    Lars Vogt
    Elizabeth von Magnus
    Anne-Sofie von Otter
    Frederika von Stade
    Deon van der Walt
    Yuja Wang
    Alisa Weilerstein
    Eva-Maria Westbroek
    Caroline Widmann
    Oliver Widmer
    Sonya Yoncheva
    Thomas Zehetmair
    Ruth Ziesak
    Frank-Peter Zimmermann
    Tabea Zimmermann
    Zohannette Zomer
    Jacques Zoon
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