The EUCO gave its first concerts in 1981 and soon gained an international reputation as a musical ambassador for the European Union. Funding from the European Commission enabled its name to become familiar worldwide with tours to East Asia, India, North, South and Central America, North Africa and the Middle East as well as all across Europe. It regularly performs in major concert halls throughout the UK and has broadcast several times live on BBC Radio 3. Recent highlights include tours with rising-star Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Nikolai Demidenko, Tasmin Little and Peter Donohoe. EUCO also appeared at the 2018 International Spring Orchestras Festival in Malta and recently toured to Egypt, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg and Turkey. Both EUCO's recent CDs, of Mozart, have received great critical acclaim in the press.
EUCO has performed for many major European Festivals, including Emilia Romagna, Echternach, Glasperlenspiel, Flanders and Bodensee. Famous concert halls where it has appeared include the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the Pallas Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Kölner Philharmonie, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Milan’s Sala Verdi and Valencia’s Palau de la Musica and regularly Leeds Town Hall, Cambridge Corn Exchange and Warwick Arts Centre.
Many distinguished artists have performed with EUCO on its tours including Mischa Maisky, Julian Lloyd Webber, James Galway, Ivo Pogorelich, Gil Apap, Nicola Benedetti, Tasmin Little, Yehudi Menuhin, Igor Oistrakh, Alina Ibragimova, Lazar Berman, Freddy Kempf, John Lill and Emma Johnson.
A special feature of EUCO's schedule are the concerts and experience it gives to young soloists through its Aladdin Project.Learn more