The Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) is currently inviting applications for the position of Leader (50%).
Acknowledged as “the finest chamber orchestra in the world” (BBC 2 Television), the Chamber Orchestra of Europe was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians graduating from the European Union Youth Orchestra. It was their ambition to continue working together at the highest possible professional level, and of that original group, thirteen remain in the current core membership. The members of the COE, selected by the Orchestra itself, pursue parallel careers as international soloists, Leaders and Principals of nationally-based orchestras, as members of eminent chamber groups, and as tutors and professors of music. It is their wealth of cultural backgrounds and shared love of music-making which remain at the heart of their inspired performances.
The COE works for roughly 90-110 days per annum divided into approximately 10-12 projects spread throughout the year. The COE has two Leaders who are expected to share the workload equally i.e. approximately 50 days each per year.
Every member of the orchestra is paid at the same daily rate. The Leaders receive an additional Leader fee for tour preparation (e.g. bowing), plus fees for directing, chamber music and solo work as applicable. Members are contracted per project on a self-employed basis and are responsible for their own Personal Tax and Social Security in their country of residence, Pension plans, Health and Instrument Insurance etc.
The successful applicant will be resident in Europe and will have the necessary paperwork in order to work and travel freely within the European Union, including the ability to provide valid A1 forms when requested.