ECCO is an European Composer and Songwriter (ECSA) project dedicated to performing and promoting contemporary art music and to reaching new audiences. It operates as a network of active ensembles, orchestras and young professionals, supporting the creative dialogue between composers and performers and offering young professionals the opportunity to develop their skills with ensembles experienced in performing contemporary music on an international level.
The ECCO concert, and other cultural projects organised by ECSA, aim at increasing the visibility of ECSA and all the issues connected to the status of contemporary music creators. Pieces are received via a call to all ECSA member societies and are carefully selected to reflect the cultural and aesthetical diversity of European art music in the 21st century. The concert series taking place biannually in various countries serve to circulate repertoire across European borders and help promoting current repertoire and Europe’s musical diversity.
In 2015, two ECCO concerts were held, one in Brussels and one in London. The first one was performed by the Sturm und Klang ensemble and conducted by Thomas van Haeperen. The second one was performed by the BBC Singers and conducted by James Morgan. In 2016, ECCO presented three very successful concerts performed by Sturm und Klang, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and the Big Band of RTV Slovenia. In February 2017, the ECCO Symphony Wind Orchestra concert featured the Sturm und Klang ensemble and was conducted by Thomas van Haeperen. In October 2017, the concert featured the renowned Wiener Concert-Verein string orchestra ensemble which was conducted by two students from the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Svetlomir Zlatkov and Lorenz Müller. In 2018, two ECCO concerts were held again, one in Brussels and one in Belgrade. The first one was featured at Flagey, by the prominent ensemble Quatuor Diotima. The second one was performed by the RTS Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Bojan Suđić. In February 2019, the concert was performed by the Ensemble Hopper and Centre Henri Pousseur and conducted by François Deppe. And lastly, the second ECCO concert edition of 2019 was held in Stockholm featuring the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet.