Violinist Guido Rocks the Classics

August 31, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE)

A composer and conductor, Guido brings four generations of experience and expertise to the stage. As the lead violin soloist of his hand-picked orchestra, Guido brings classical and pop music together to appeal to a broad fan-base. Guido and his orchestra will be touring the United States this fall. In November, the Harris Theater in Millennium Park will showcase Guido's orchestra with their signature mix of classical and rock crossover, Guido's own compositions and some of the best-loved music in the world. Their debut album, Live from the Heart of Europe was released last week; it was recorded in front of audience of 6,500 fans.

Guido has performed with many world-famous artists including Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, Marco Borsato, and Petula Clark. In October 2009, Guido performed with Diana Ross in two concerts in Holland. Guido's Orchestra combines famous classical works (Beethoven's "Ode To Joy"; Puccini's "E Lucevan E Stelle"), pop songs, and movie themes, as well as original compositions. He blends romantic strings with rock guitar sounds, engages in musical battles with percussion groups, and draws sweet melodies from the his own violin. Guido's Orchestra is known for spectacular stage shows, anchored by the personalities of both Guido and his wife, principle soprano soloist, Wendy Kokkelkoren.

Guido grew up in the province of Limburg, in the very south of Holland. His great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were conductors as well. Prior to forming his own orchestra, Guido has performed with several other orchestras, most notably with Andre Rieu. However, his goal was to lead his own orchestra and play his own music. In 1998, Guido's Orchestra was founded with keyboardist and childhood friend, Falco Borsboom, with whom he composes and arranges all the orchestra's material. Guido personally chose each member of Guido's Orchestra with musicians originating from nine different countries.

You can hear Guido's orchestra at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 16 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago. Tickets ($37.50 - $55) and are available at the Harris Theater box office located in Millennium Park at 205 E. Randolph Dr., by calling 312-334-7777 or online at:

For more information on Guido's Orchestra, visit

Guido's Orchestra - Live from the Heart of Europe
Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 pm
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph, Chicago

Copyright © 2023 WLS-TV. All Rights Reserved.