Ensemble and Conductors
The 15th edition of the ECCO concert took place on October 6th at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg. Co-organised by ECSA and FLAC (Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Auteurs et Compositeurs), this 15th edition has featured the works of 6 amazing composers, performed by the ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin and conducted by Thomas Goff.
The ensemble for contemporary music United Instruments of Lucilin was founded in 1999 by a group of passionate and committed musicians and is the only Luxembourgish chamber music ensemble specialised in contemporary music. Dedicated exclusively to promoting and commissioning works of the 20th and 21st century, United Instruments of Lucilin is now known for its outstanding programs around the world.
In about 40 concerts a year, Lucilin presents a broad scope of musical events, ranging from “traditional” concerts to music theatre productions, children projects, improvisation sessions as well as discussions with composers.
United Instruments of Lucilin works in close collaboration with the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg in the field of contemporary opera and music theatre projects and premiered, among others, Toshio Hosokawa’s monodrama The Raven with Charlotte Hellekant, Philippe Manoury’s «thinkspiel» Kein Licht staged by Nicolas Stemann and recently the opera The Sleeping Thousand by Adam Maor, premiered at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in July 2019.
United Instruments of Lucilin organises every year, together with neimënster and the rainy days festival (Philharmonie Luxembourg), the Luxembourg Composition Academy, the only composition masterclass held in Luxembourg, and invites eight young composers to work on a brand new piece.
Over the years, United Instruments of Lucilin is continuously reaching a growing enthusiastic audience and has been encouraging innovative musical expressions, as with Black Mirror, an immersive experience taking place in an abandoned hotel, commissioned to Alexander Schubert and premiered in 2016 during the Philharmonie Luxembourg’s rainy days festival, another major partner of the ensemble.
Lately, United Instruments of Lucilin has commissioned works to Aurélio Edler-Copes, Francisco Alvarado and Clara Olivares.
Thomas Goff is a British musician living in the Netherlands. Having studied as a composer, cellist and jazz pianist, he is now quickly becoming recognised as a conductor who excels in a vast range of repertoire. In different contexts, he has conducted the Netherlands Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Cadaqués Orchestra, and Philharmonie Zuidnederland.
He was the Oglesby Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music, and graduated with the Brierly/Kershaw Prize in Conducting. He served as assistant conductor at the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras and debuted with the Manchester Camerata in June 2017. Since moving to The Hague, Thomas has worked as assistant conductor with most of the orchestras in the Netherlands. He has conducted performances with Noord Nederlands Orkest, Dutch National Opera Academy, and AskoSchönberg in venues including Philharmonie Essen and The Royal Concertgebouw. In 2018 he conducted at the Rotterdam Philharmonic’s Gergiev Festival in a masterclass with Valery Gergiev followed by a concert tour.
In addition to his studies in Manchester and Holland, Thomas has received masterclasses from Valery Gergiev, Daniele Gatti, Sir Mark Elder, Marc Albrecht, Vasily Petrenko and Juanjo Mena. A distinctly multi-faceted musician, he is also active as a composer (having recently written and produced several film scores), a cellist, jazz pianist, songwriter and guitarist.