Grand Finale of Baltic Sea Voyage Tour in Gdansk

The young players of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic are heading back home to their respective countries today at the end of another successful tour for the orchestra, led by Kristjan Järvi. Audiences throughout the Baltic Sea Voyage tour have been enthusiastic, and in Verona demanded three encores from percussion soloist Heigo Rosin and four from the orchestra.

In the space of just ten days, Kristjan Järvi and the orchestra travelled through five countries (Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Poland), took part in two world premieres (Severi Pyysalo’s ‘Green’ Piano Concerto and Mountains. Waters. (Freedom), by Gediminas Gelgotas), performed with amateurs (Heiden) and to school children (Copenhagen), worked with three soloists (Hyeyoon Park, Heigo Rosin and Pauli Kari), gave a concert to refugees in a Welcome Concert (Hanover) and celebrated the 25th anniversary of German reunification (Gdansk).

The players now take a break until they next come together briefly on 2 October in Dresden to pick up the European Cultural Prize 2015 at a star-studded musical gala. Auditions for next year’s educational programmes and tours take place in November and December and the deadline to apply for auditions is 15 October.