On the eve of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s ‘Midnight Sun’ tour-opening concert at Berlin’s Philharmonie on 26 June, the orchestra’s principal musicians and conductor Kristjan Järvi will hold open auditions for prospective members of the ensemble. The Baltic Sea Philharmonic regularly auditions talented musicians from across the Baltic Sea region in order to refresh the pool of outstanding players who perform with the orchestra on tour. The special Talent Day in Berlin on 25 June is a continuation of the Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation’s Talent Tour 2019, which has already featured open auditions in Palanga, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki and St. Petersburg during the orchestra’s ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour of the Baltic States, Finland and Russia in March.
Around 50 applicants are set to take part in the Berlin auditions. Each applicant will have the opportunity to shine in a solo first round, with the best players then going through to a special second round, when they will get to join the full orchestra in a public dress rehearsal at the Berlin Philharmonie, which all interested young musicians are welcome to attend. Successful candidates will join the orchestra’s player pool, with the chance to be invited on tours with the orchestra, beginning with the ‘Divine Geometry’ tour of Germany and Italy in September 2019.
Empowering the players of today and tomorrow
The Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation is committed to empowering young musicians and developing their leadership and entrepreneurial skills. The Talent Tour audition process strongly reflects this, in that it is led by a nine-strong panel of the orchestra’s principals. Principal violist Marzena Malinowska, from Poland, explains the panel’s approach: ‘We try to take musicians out of their comfort zones – not in search of failure or perfection, but to see who they really are as people. We let them show and share their passion, and we ask them to do certain things, such as playing by heart, in order to show that crossing mental boundaries is fun.’
Applicants have so far found the Talent Tour auditions a refreshing and inspiring experience. Margaret Galinke, an 18-year-old flute player who auditioned in St. Petersburg, said: ‘I had never played an orchestral piece like Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty by heart in an audition before, so that was a very unusual and exciting opportunity. Also, this was the first audition where I felt truly comfortable, because the panel was so warm and encouraging. It felt from the beginning like we were friends. The atmosphere was wonderful.’
For more information about the Talent Tour 2019, see here