Orchestras / Ensembles

ESTRO ARMONICO

The chamber orchestra Estro Armonico was established in 1992 with a concert that included works from Vivaldi’s "Estro Armonico". Under the concertmaster Guy Goethals' direction, the ensemble has become one of the leading orchestras in Luxemburg. Vivaldi’s title, "Estro Armonico", can be loosely translated to Harmonic Inspiration which is also the ethos the orchestra cultivates between players, singers, soloists, and the general public. Estro Armonico often collaborate with choirs in the Grand Duchy and the wider adjoining regions; working with Luxembourgish conductors such as Carlo Jans and Jonathan Kaell and with distinguished international conductors such as Jaap Schröder and Guy van Waas. The ensemble continues to demonstrate it's versatility, having performed programmes of Baroque and Classical, worked in musicals, films and Big Band. Since its foundation the orchestra has prefrormed over four hundred concerts.

www.estro.lu

KAMMERATA LUXEMBOURG

With the release of the CD – «Hommage à Schumann» in September 2019, the KammerMusekVeräin Lëtzebuerg changes its name to Kammerata Luxembourg. Founded in 1985, the chamber music ensemble has firmly cemented its reputation within Luxembourg’s music scene with over 30 years of music productions. The KL is a unique and original player on the cultural stage: it is both a concert organiser and a protean ensemble of musicians. It performs contemporary pieces, often for the first time in Luxembourg, in combination with works from the classical and romantic eras. Stage concerts and productions in partnership with theatre companies, as well as concerts aimed at young audiences and their families are presented. The Kammerata’s performance repertoire covers the works of the great classical masters and prominent composers of the first half of the 20th century, alongside those of contemporary and Luxembourgish composers. It regularly extends invitations to eminent foreign musicians, while nonetheless ensuring that it enlists outstanding professionals residing in Luxembourg for the majority of its concert cycles. The Ensemble also organises and performs concerts within the entire SAAR-LOR-LUX Greater Region in coproduction with other cultural houses and commissions.

www.kammerata.lu

ORCHESTRE DE CHAMBRE DU LUXEMBOURG

Corinna Niemeyer, Artistic and Music Director

Formed in 1974, the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg (OCL) is a variable-size ensemble that brings together around 40 musicians, always striving for the highest artistic excellence. With its strong local ties and an international outlook, the OCL’s primary role is to perform the wealth of chamber orchestra repertoire from the Baroque to the present day, in the concert halls of the Grand Duchy and the Grande Région. Committed to contemporary music performance, it works every year with a Luxembourg composer to premiere a new work, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture. The OCL thanks the Ministry of Culture for its support, and the Kinneksbond, Centre Culturel Mamer, for welcoming it as the residence of the orchestra. The Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg is honoured to have as its patron His Royal Highness the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg.

www.ocl.lu

ORCHESTRE PHILHARMONIQUE DU LUXEMBOURG

Gustavo Gimeno, Music Director

The orchestra of the Grand Duchy, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL), represents a very dynamic part of the culture of its country. Since its high-profile debut in 1933 under the aegis of Radio Luxembourg (RTL), the orchestra has been present all over Europe. Publicly administered since 1996, the OPL has, since 2005, been resident at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, one of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe. In January 2012 the institutions merged both artistically and administratively.
The acoustics of its residence, praised by great orchestras, conductors and soloists all over the world, its long-standing connections with many concert halls and festivals have contributed to making the OPL an orchestra renowned for the elegance of its sonority. Its standing has been confirmed by an impressive list of prizes awarded for the orchestra’s CD recordings in the last years. The OPL is subsidised by the Ministry of Culture of the Grand Duchy and receives further support from the City of Luxembourg.

www.philharmonie.lu/opl

SOLISTES EUROP√ČENS, LUXEMBOURG

Christoph König, Principal Conductor and Music Director 

These musicians are Europeans from the best orchestras of the old continent who have been meeting regularly in Luxembourg for more than 29 years – their first concert was on 20 September 1989 – for recitals, concerts and recordings. They also tour around Europe on a regular basis. Each season in Luxembourg, they offer their faithful public regular concerts on Monday evenings in the Philharmonie. They have accompanied the most renowned soloists and captivated both audiences and critics in the major European musical centres. In May 2004, they performed at the UN in New York on the occasion of the EU enlargement. The SEL have recorded more than 120 CDs (SEL Classics, Sony Classical, Chandos, Rubicon). They have a vast repertoire. For the past years, they have been playing at each annual opening concert a work commissioned by the Ministry of Culture: Ivan Boumans (2012), Marco Pütz (2013), Marco Pütz (2014), Jeannot Sanavia (2015), Luc Grethen (2016), Tatsiana Zelianko (2017), Roland Wiltgen (2018), Gast Waltzing (2019) and Catherine Kontz (2020). Eager to promote the future of music, each season the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg organize concerts for young talents, both from Luxembourg and abroad. This orchestra, whose activities are supported by the Ministry of Culture and the City of Luxembourg, as well as by numerous corporate sponsors, is one of the main attractions of Luxembourg’s musical offering.

Under the Gracious Patronage of Her Royal Highness Grand-Duke Henri
Jacques Santer, Honorary President

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