The European Contemporary Composers Orchestra (ECCO)

ECCO is a project of the ECF committee of ECSA. It aims to establish itself as a pan-European “body of sound” dedicated to the performance, circulation and promotion of contemporary art music. In practice, it is a network of active ensembles, orchestras and young professionals, supporting creative dialogue among composers and performers and offering young professionals the opportunity to develop their skills with ensembles experienced in contemporary performing practices on an international level. By its educational dimension, ECCO serves as a pro-active development and networking arena for professional composers and performers, especially young and emerging ones.

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ECCO CONCERT – Brussels, 19th February 2019

Espace Senghor | 20:00 h

The next ECCO concert will take place in Brussels on the 19th February 2019 at the Espace Senghor. The concert will be performed by the Ensemble Hopper, conducted by François Deppe, and will feature the following programme for mixed music:

Winnowing by Maija Hynninen (Finland) 🇫🇮

Gestures No.1. (Presentiment) by Gyula Pintér (Hungary) 🇭🇺

Studies for Piano Trio – 3 Depictions of Night by Jan Flessel (Denmark) 🇩🇰

Logo by Sampo Haapamäki (Finland) 🇫🇮

– Intermission –

Triangulation by Talia Amar (Israel) 🇮🇱

Avatar by Gaëlle Hyernaux (Belgium) 🇧🇪

Defragmentation 2 by Gilles Doneux (Belgium) 🇧🇪



ECCO WORKSHOP – Brussels 18th February 2019

Inside the composer’s head – discovering contemporary art music

To augment the audience’s experience, a special workshop will be set up the day before the concert. “Inside the composer’s head – discovering contemporary art music” is a workshop where the ensemble and the composers meet to rehearse and discuss the performance of the pieces. It will also provide a platform to interested parties to ask the composers questions about the pieces, the composition process and any other burning questions.

The workshop will be held on 18th February 2019 at Espace Senghor, between 14:00-17:15 and 19:15-21:00. Please take a look at the schedule below:

14:00-14:45 Talia Amar, Triangulation (piano)

14:45-15:30 Sampo Haapamäki, Logo (violin)

15:30-16:15 Gaëlle Hyernaux , Avatar (cello)

16:15-17:15 Jan Flessel, Studies for Piano Trio – 3 Depictions of Night (piano, cello et violin)

– Break –

19:15-20:15 Gilles Doneux, Defragmentation 2 (tutti)

20:15-21:00 Maija Hynninen, Winnowing (piano)



Previous editions


Previous editions of ECCO have featured RTS Symphony Orchestra (Belgrade 2018), Quatuor Diotima (Brussels, 2018), the Wiener Concert-Verein (Vienna 2017), Chamber Orchestra of Soloists (KOS) of the Society of Slovene Composers (Vienna 2011), the Silesian Philharmony (Vienna 2013), the Sturm und Klang ensemble (Brussels 2015, 2016 and 2017), the BBC Singers (London 2015), the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra (Ljubljana 2016) and the Big Band of RTV Slovenia. Among the conductors who have contributed to the ECCO concerts are Thomas Van Haeperen, Jessica Cottis, Sigi Feigl, James Morgan, Jürgen Bruns and Chunghi Min.

Some impressions from previous concerts:

List of previous ECCO composers:

Vienna, 2011
  • Hannes Heher (Austria)
  • Tomi Räisänen (Finland)
  • Archil Giorgobiani (Georgia)
  • Sérgio Azevedo (Portugal)
  • Črt Sojar Voglar (Slovenia)
  • Lubica Čekovská (Slovakia)
Vienna, 2013
  • Benjamin Lang (Germany)
  • Gunnar Berg (Denmark)
  • Roman Berger (Poland)
  • Ulpiu Vlad (Romania)
  • Dusan Bavdek (Slovenia)
  • Dieter Kaufmann (Austria)
Brussels, 2015
  • Jean-Luc Fafchamps (Belgium)
  • Máté Balogh (Hungary)
  • Lynne Plowman (UK)
  • Pertti Jalava (Finland)
  • Mihailo Trandafilovski (Macedonia)
London, 2015
  • Cecilia McDowall (UK)
  • Miosz Bembinow (Poland)
  • Lasse Thoresen (Norway)
  • Perttu Haapanen (Finland)
  • Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred (Norway)
  • Mikko Heiniö (Finland)
  • Črt Sojar Voglar (Slovenia)
  • Jonathan Dove (UK)
  • Andrej Makor (Slovenia)
Brussels, 2016
  • Michael Berkeley (UK)
  • Julian Grant (UK)
  • Moritz Eggert (Germany)
  • Olli Virtaperko (Finland)
  • Philippe Leroux (France)
  • Peter Helmut Lang (Germany)
Ljubljana, 2016

Symphony Orchestra

  • John Casken (UK)
  • Jani Golob (Slovenia)
  • Knut Vaage (Norway)
  • Indra Riše (Latvia)
  • Benjamin de Murashkin (Denmark)
  • Ingacy Zalewski (Poland)

Big Band

  • Michel Herr (Belgium)
  • Helge Sunde (Norway)
  • Jukka Linokola (Finland)
  • Outi Tarkiainen (Finland)
  • Piotr Wróbel (Poland)
  • Nikki Iles (UK)
  • Mark Lockheart (UK)
  • Matjaž Mikuletič (Slovenia)
  • Krešimir Herceg (Croatia)
  • Klemen Smolej (Slovenia)
Brussels, 2017
  • Kari Beate Tandberg (Norway)
  • Jukka-Pekka Lehto (Finland)
  • Grégory d’Hoop (Beligum)
  • Denis Bosse (Belgium)
  • Geir Sundbø (Norway)
Vienna, 2017
  • Gerald Resch (Austria)
  • Krešimir Seletković (Croatia)
  • Rene Eespere (Estonia)
  • Tyler Futrell (Norway)
  • Aleksandra Chmielewska (Poland)
  • Lojze Lebič (Slovenia)
  • Jennifer Fowler (UK)
Brussels, 2018
  • Kimmo Hakola (Finland)
  • Paul Pankert (Belgium)
  • Andrea Tarrodi (Sweden)
  • Malte Giesen (Germany)
  • Mihailo Trandafilovski (Macedonia)
  • Helena Tulve (Estonia)
Belgrade, 2018
  • Ülo Krigul (Estonia)
  • Jacqueline Fontyn (Belgium)
  • Nicola Campogrande (Italy)
  • Mikko Nisula (Finland)
  • Isidora Zebeljan (Serbia)
  • Milan Mihajlovic (Serbia)

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