ECCO is a European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) project dedicated to performing and promoting contemporary art music and 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, aims at increasing the visibility of ECSA and all the issues connected to the status of contemporary music creators. The music being played at the ECCO Concerts is received via a call to all ECSA member societies and is carefully selected to reflect the cultural and aesthetic diversity of European art music in the 21st century. The concert series is taking place twice a year in various countries, which serves the circulation of new and older repertoires across European borders and helps promote Europe’s musical diversity.
ECCO Series Overview:
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. The second ECCO concert edition of 2019 was held in Stockholm featuring the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet.
The first edition of the ECCO Concert 2020, which took place in Brussels on 4th February at Flagey, featured the Ensemble Fractales. And finally, the second edition of the ECCO Concert 2020 was held in Luxembourg’s Philharmonie on 6th October. It featured the ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin and was conducted by Thomas Goff.
In 2021, seeing as the COVID-19 pandemic made live concerts unsafe to hold, the ECCO concert series went digital – from the first-ever open to public voting selection of compositions to the online streaming of the concert. The February edition of the 2021 ECCO concert was streamed live on 2nd February 2021 and featured pieces from composers all over Europe, performed by the ensemble Slagwerk Den Haag.