History of ESO

“What ESO did with only two rehearsals was amazing! Please do continue with it!”

~ anonymous participant of ESO’17


During the 2017 edition of the European Student Orchestra Festival (ESOF’17), a new concept was launched: the European Student Orchestra. Out of the nine present student ensembles, a new orchestra was created. This new orchestra has a real European feel and lets people, who never met before, play together to rehearse and perform a symphony.

The musicians were very satisfied and therefore during the latest ESOF-edition in Strasbourg in June 2018, another European Student Orchestra was formed out of the eight participating orchestra’s.

To harvest the success of these experiments, a new initiative is born.

As described above, the ESOF 2017 festival ended with a performance of a newly formed orchestra composed of members of every participating orchestra. While this concept was successful, it is worth launching it as a standalone project.

We launch the first project in summer 2019.

What is ESO all about?

What happens if you put young people together who do not speak the same language, but are connected with each other via music? During the festival editions for student orchestras ESOF ‘17 and ESOF ‘18 in Leuven and Strasbourg, this concept of a united European Student Orchestra was established.

The members of the ESO experienced their participation as very amusing, educational and all wished for a sequel. We can finally announce the continuation of these ESO projects: the official European Student Orchestra is now launched.

During summer, different members from student orchestras from all over Europe will gather together to form a new ESO and experience the pleasure of playing together. After an intensive week of rehearsing, the orchestra will show the result of the hard practice in a concert-tour, going from city to city.

The first real concert tour will take place in summer of 2020, but we cannot wait that long. Therefor we organise a pre-tour project in the summer of 2019.