History

In just eight years we’ve grown from a youth orchestra into a comprehensive music educational programme for the entire Baltic Sea region.

Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic (BYP) performed its first concert in 2008 at the occasion of the summit of the Baltic Sea states in Riga, brought together by Festival Director of the Usedom Music Festival, Thomas Hummel with founding partner Nord Stream AG. Since then, the orchestra’s reputation and ambitions have grown steadily and it has toured the famous concert halls and festivals of Europe, including White Nights Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, Bonn Beethovenfest, Rheingau Music Festival, MiTo Festival in Italy and Usedom Music Festival, its original birthplace. 2016 sees the birth of a new sister orchestra, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, as another step to build a music education system for the whole region.

Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic Timeline

2008

  • Inaugural concerts at the Great Guild in Riga (Latvia) and the Historical Power Station at the Usedom Music Festival (Germany).
  • Premiere of Burning Fiery Furnace by Niels Marthinsen.

2009

  • Seven concerts in six countries, including festival openings at the Estonian Glasperlenspiel Music Festival in Tartu, Bremen Music Festival and Usedom Music Festival in Peenemünde.
  • Becomes an Associate Member of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO).

2010

  • Concerts in Gdansk, Pärnu, Riga, Copenhagen and St. Petersburg.
  • Guest appearances at the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin and at the opening of the Usedom Music Festival.
  • Premiere of Daniel Schnyder’s Parkour musical.

2011

  • Two tours with concerts in Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia and Germany.
  • First appearances in Italy.

2012

  • Performances at Dresden Music Festival, Schumann Festival in Düsseldorf, Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin, and at the opening of the Usedom Music Festival under the musical direction of Kurt Masur.
  • Appearance at the Summit of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in Stralsund, on the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Angela Merkel praises BYP as ‘a compelling example of using music as a powerful medium for cooperation and integration across borders’.
  • Premiere of Never Ignore the Cosmic Ocean by Gediminas Gelgotas.

2013

  • Six concerts in Russia, Germany and Italy.
  • BYP invited to bring ‘Baltic Sea Voyage’ programme to Kaliningrad Cathedral and the International Centre for Performing Arts in Moscow, at the request of the German Consulate General for ‘Germany Year’ in Russia.
  • Inaugurates the ‘Baltic Focus’ of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Europe’s largest classical music festival.
  • Performs a special concert with Kurt Masur to open the Usedom Music Festival.
  • Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation (BMEF) created to develop a consolidated music educational system for the area.

2014

  • Opens sold-out tour with concerts in the most prestigious concert halls of Germany and Poland: Berlin’s Philharmonie and the Filharmonia Narodowa in Warsaw.
  • Performances at Rheingau Music Festival, Usedom Music Festival and Beethovenfest Bonn, and in the Capella in St. Petersburg, Teatro dal Verme in Milan and Teatro Filarmonico in Verona.
  • Cooperation with the Europera Youth Orchestra in Görlitz.

2015

  • First official album release – ‘Baltic Sea Voyage’ – on Naïve Classique.
  • Paris debut at the city’s prestigious Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
  • Ten-day, nine-city European tour to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Poland.
  • Premieres of Waters. (Freedom) by Gediminas Gelgotas and ‘Green’ Piano Concerto by Severi Pyysalo.
  • Awarded the European Cultural Prize in recognition of the enormous impact it has made on the culture of the region.
  • Prize presented by former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher at a gala event in Dresden’s Frauenkirche, on the 25th anniversary of German Reunification, with BYP and Kristjan Järvi performing in the live televised ceremony together with Jonas Kaufmann and Angela Gheorghiu.
  • Broadcasts of Berlin and Paris concerts on Mezzo TV and Classica.
  • Baltic Sea Philharmonic formed as primary public-facing part of Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation.


Baltic Sea Philharmonic Timeline

2016

  • New orchestra, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, makes its inaugural ‘Baltic Sea Landscapes’ tour in April through Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Russia.