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Europe Day 2022

Monday, 9th May 2022


This year, we were delighted to celebrate Europe Day with an in-person/live concert, which tookplace at St Johns, Smith Square on Monday 9th May at 7pm.


This celebratory event hosted a range of talented soloists from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The programme included a performance of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, a soloist performance of Olivier Messiaen’s "Abîme des oiseaux" from Quatuor pour la fin du temps, as well as Antonin Dvořák's String Quintet No. 2. The ensemble also played the Ukrainian national anthem as well as the European anthem, Beethoven Ode to Joy.

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians who became acquainted as part of the European Community Youth Orchestra (now EUYO). There are now about 60 members of the orchestra, who pursue parallel careers as principals or section leaders of nationally based orchestras, as eminent chamber musicians, and as tutors of music.

Currently the Orchestra works closely with Sir András Schiff and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who are both Honorary Members following in the footsteps of Bernard Haitink and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The Chamber Orchestra also works with major recording companies and has more than 250 works in its discography having won numerous international prizes, including two Grammys and three Gramophone Record of the Year Awards.

The COE also has strong links with many of the major festivals and concert halls in Europe including the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie in Berlin, the Cologne, Luxembourg and Paris Philharmonies, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. In partnership with the Kronberg Academy, the COE has also become the first-ever Orchestra-in-residence at the Casals Forum in Kronberg from 2022. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe is also Orchestra-in-residence at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt.


More on the artists:


Romain Guyot has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since the late nineties, becoming Principal Clarinet in 2008. At 6 years old, he taught himself the recorder and theory and started learning the clarinet at school aged 8. Romain has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, Japan, Korea, China, South America and the USA. In 2009, he was appointed clarinet professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva, and in 2015 clarinet guest professor at Seoul National University. He released his first CD as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in April 2013.



Lucy Gould has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 1996 where she holds the position of principal 2nd violin.  Whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Gyorgy Pauk, Lucy formed the Gould Piano Trio. The trio was chosen for the Rising Stars scheme in 1998, performing in many of the great concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Concertgebouw and has an extensive and varied discography. Many of these recordings have been selected as Chamber Disc of the month/Editor’s choice in the BBC music and Gramophone magazines.



Elizabeth Wexler studied at the Royal College of Music with Frances Mason, in Tel Aviv University with Felix Andrievsky and then went on to further her studies with Sandor Vegh at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Elizabeth continues to perform chamber music as a guest with a number of ensembles, and plays regularly as a guest principal with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. She also has a keen interest in contemporary music and has collaborated with many leading composers of today including Oliver Knussen, Steve Reich, George Benjamin and Sally Beamish.



Nimrod Guez was appointed Principal Viola of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in May 2019. Born in Israel in 1977, he started playing the violin at the age of seven and went on to become a first prize winner of the”Aviv” competition in 2002. In 2005, he became 1st principal violist at the Gewandhaus Orchester zu Leipzig. He plays alongside well-known artists such as Janine Jansen and Vilde Frang at various festivals including the “Utrecht Kamermuziek Festival”.



William Conway is a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Born in Glasgow, Will studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music then London’s Royal College of Music before returning to Scotland to take the position of Principal Cello with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a post he held for ten years. As a conductor, he studied in Helsinki with Jukka-Pekka Saraste and was a finalist and prizewinner in the 1994 Leeds Conductors’ Competition. Since then, he has established himself as a conductor of versatility in chamber, symphonic and operatic repertoire, and has conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony


ENNO SENFT, Double-Bass

Enno Senft is principal double-bass of both the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, of which he is a founding member. In addition, he plays regularly as a guest principal with other Ensembles, amongst them the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has performed and recorded internationally with many leading conductors and soloists, also appearing at chamber and contemporary music festivals. Enno is a professor at the Royal College of Music and has given masterclasses at other colleges including the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, and Trinity Laban.


The concert was supported by the EU Delegation to the UK, and by the Cultural Relations Platform.


You can watch concert here: