About what? What’s ESOF all about?

The European Student Orchestra Festival (non-profit organisation) organises events which bring European student ensembles closer to each other. Classical music is the bonding factor uniting the student musicians and creating a network of university symphony orchestras, wind bands and choirs all over Europe. ESOF creates opportunities for the  ensembles 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. We have also launched a sister project named the European Student Orchestra to provide a more individual experience.


Life is a box of festivals.

Past events

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    ESO '19 - Brussels

    No, the absence of the F is not a typo! The European Student Orchestra (ESO) is a brand new initiative! The Brussels Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR was the scene of a project orchestra composed by students from all over Europe. The ESO gathered on August 27th and performed at the magnificent Henry Le Boeuf concert hall in Brussels on September 1st 2019. What a start!

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    ESOF '19 - Tallinn

    2019 brought our first choir festival in the beautiful Estonian capital Tallinn. Check out the ESOF 19 page for the participating choirs and to watch the replay of the live broadcast of the concerts!

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    ESOF '18 - Strasbourg

    The fourth edition of the European Student Orchestra Festival was held in Strasbourg! From 6 to 10 June 2018, this festival brought together 8 symphony orchestras together, all having this same desire of sharing music and cultures with other people.

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    ESOF '17 - Leuven

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

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    ESOC '16 - Leuven

    ESOF invited 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!

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    ESOF '15 - Leuven

    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 - Leuven

    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.

Future events

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    ESOF '21 - Ghent

    2021 will bring Our first Wind Ensemble festival is scheduled from April 14th to April 18th 2021 in the amazing Artevelde city of Ghent, Belgium. Register now to be part of this new chapter in ESOF history!

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    ESOF '21 - Amsterdam

    We’re very happy to announce a new festival for university symphony orchestras coming from July 5th to July 9th 2021 in Amsterdam! This festival will be hosted by the University of Amsterdam and Free University of Amsterdam. We are very proud and honoured to be able to expand the festival with such esteemed partners! More information on the ESOF 2021 A’dam page!

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    ESO '21 - Brussels

    We will organise a second edition of the European Student Orchestra in 2021, including an international concert tour.

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    ESOF '2? - Location?

    Do you want to be part of our story and host a future edition of our festival? Get in touch with us at info@esofestival.com right away!


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

The team of ESOF consists of 6 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. They set the strategic lines for the festivals and plan the future development of ESOF.