Berlin, 7 July 2015:
Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic Embarks on 10-day, 9-city European Tour with World Premieres and Young Star Soloists (10–20 September)

  • Two world premieres
  • Performances with renowned international soloists Heigo Rosin, Hyeyoon Park, Pauli Kari
  • Performance to mark the 25th anniversary of German reunification

Berlin, 7 July 2015. The talented young musicians of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic (BYP) embark on a tour of Europe this September under the baton and artistic leadership of Kristjan Järvi. They will bring their music to nine European cities across Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Poland, and with it, their shared values of community, innovation, passion and environmental care. They present two premieres, by Gediminas Gelgotas and Severi Pyysalo, and collaborate with some of today’s fastest-rising young soloists (Heigo Rosin, Hyeyoon Park, Pauli Kari).

Historic moments

The nine-city tour kicks off on 10 September in Heiden, Germany, and takes the orchestra back to its birthplace at the Usedom Music Festival, where it will perform at the opening concert (19 September), as well making exciting new ground with its debut at the world famous Zurich Tonhalle (12 September). The orchestra also makes eagerly waited returns to Milan and Verona (14 and 15 September). Most historically, they will perform at a special concert in Gdansk to celebrate the 25th anniversary of German reunification (20 September).

World premieres

Repertoire for each concert has been carefully chosen by Founding Conductor and Music Director Kristjan Järvi to celebrate composers and works from across the entire Baltic Sea region, from Estonia’s Erkki-Sven Tüür to Denmark’s Carl Nielsen. The programme also includes two world premieres, by Lithuanian composer and BYP alumnus Gediminas Gelgotas, and Finnish vibraphonist Severi Pyysalo. Pyysalo’s ‘Green’ Piano Concerto has at its heart the theme of protecting the environment. Kristjan Järvi explains its importance: “For me, Severi Pyysalo’s ‘Green’ Concerto is a powerful evocation of nature across the whole spectrum, from the humility and purity of new life, to its sheer, raw power. I hope that with this new piece, we can go some way to reconnecting with nature, our true selves and our place on this planet.” He explains the importance of commissioning new works from the region: “In giving a platform to these composers, our love and respect for the Baltic Sea region continues, through our mission to support new music emerging from the scene.”

Rising young soloists

As well as offering talented young players from the Baltic region the opportunity to train to professional standards within the orchestra, the BYP also gives performance possibilities to some of today’s rising stars. Percussionist Heigo Rosin (25) is a former BYP member and the first percussion soloist to emerge from Estonia, winning awards and performing with many major ensembles, and he is launching his own Estonian Percussion Music Project to bring world attention to the composers and percussion music of his home country. He performs Sven Tüür’s Ardor for marimba and orchestra (10, 12, 15 September). Violinist Hyeyoon Park (22), from South Korea, has been recognised by numerous international awards and prizes, including the London Music Masters Award 2012–15, the Borletti–Buitoni Trust Award 2011 and Orpheum Foundation sponsorship. She will perform Saint-Saën’s Violin Concerto No. 3 throughout the tour (10, 12, 17 September). Finnish pianist Pauli Kari has received widespread acclaim for his thrilling performances in some of the world’s great venues, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Leipzig’s Gewandhaus. He will perform the world premiere of Severi Pyysalo’s ‘Green’ Concerto with the orchestra, including at the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany (19 and 20 September).

Unique voice from the North

Founded in 2008 by the Usedom Music Festival and Nord Stream AG, the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic features musicians aged 18–28 from, or studying in, the ten countries bordering the Baltic Sea. Retaining national specialities but opening up to international perspective, the musicians share their influence, knowledge and perspective to create a unique voice for the region. More than a youth orchestra, it is a project for cultural and social integration and cooperation to create unity in a historically divided region. In 2015, BYP is supported by its co-initiator and main sponsor, Nord Stream AG, operator of the natural gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea, as well as Saipem, one of the global leaders in the engineering & construction and drilling businesses, as sponsor.

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