About what? What’s ESOF all about?

The European Student Orchestra Festival (non-profit organisation) organises events which bring European student orchestras closer to each other. Classical music is the bonding factor uniting the student musicians and creating a network of university symphony orchestras all over Europe. ESOF creates opportunities for the orchestras to perform concerts within the framework of the festival but also provides an array of support-activities for  members of the orchestra, active board members and orchestra directors during and in between the festivals.


There is no I in TEAM, nor in ESOF, but there is an E major in both.

The organising team of ESOF consists of 8 enthusiastic members, gathered around the idea of organising a festival for student orchestras by Pieter Lembrechts, the president. All of them have a strong background in music in general and in the world of university ensembles in particular. Both professionally and in their spare time, they have collected an impressive palmares of event organisations.

Pieter Lembrechts


Karel De Gendt


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Jurgen Peeters


Matthew Coucke


Karen Raeymaekers


Jan Agten


Jesse Trekker


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Life is a box of festivals and colloquia.


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    ESOF '18

    Could it be true?!? Stay tuned!

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    ESOF '17

    The third edition of the festival: April 5 – 9, 2017. Leuven remains the host city for a new and memorable experience. This festival is longer than the previous ones, hosts more orchestras and offers more activities, while maintaining the same quality, to enjoy it even more. Click for more information.

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    ESOF '15

    Leuven, April 23 – 26, 2015.  View the pictures and films, read the comments, to see the ‘magic’ which came alive through the gathering of seven orchestras. Do check the numbers behind this project and discover with us that ESOF’15 was more than the sum of its parts.

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    ESOF '12

    A new festival is born: from this moment on, classical music shrunk the distance between the cities of Europe. See here some visual memories of the first steps.


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    ESOC '17

    More to come!

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    ESOC '16

    ESOF invites conductors of European student orchestras to a colloquium in Leuven. Workshops, presentations and a roundtable discussion combined with several cultural and gastronomic ‘extras’: All this to entice your interest and give you adequate information as to the effect such a festival can have on your work with your young orchestra. Our first colloquium was a success. Thanks to all who joined and contributed!