Berlin, 4 April 2023:
Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi to make Venice Biennale debut with world premiere by Brian Eno

  • Orchestra to give two concerts at Teatro La Fenice on 21 October 2023
  • World premiere of Brian Eno’s Ships
  • First collaboration with British musical pioneer
  • Baltic Sea Philharmonic to tour Germany and Italy in 2023 with ‘Midnight Sun’ programme

Berlin, 4 April 2023. The Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi will make their debut at the Venice Biennale with the world premiere of Ships by pioneering British musician Brian Eno On 21 October, 36 musicians of the orchestra will perform this sensational new work in two concerts at the Teatro La Fenice. Composer, musician, producer and visual artist, Brian Eno will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Biennale Musica 2023. For the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, this world premiere reflects the orchestra’s distinctive mission to take musical performances to new dimensions. The collaboration with Brian Eno is the latest in a string of unique projects and encounters with such musicians as the British indie-pop band Bastille (2020), the Estonian singer-songwriter Mick Pedaja (2019) and the pianist Olga Scheps (2022). With Ships the innovative ensemble and its conductor set course for the sound worlds of a musical legend.

Concert tickets are available at Biennale website here.

Innovation at every turn

The Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi are excited to collaborate with Brian Eno and to be part of the 2023 Venice Biennale. The British musician, composer, record producer and visual artist is a musical pioneer – a true innovator in the world of music. His work spans genres such as ambient, electronica, rock and classical, and his influence can be felt in the work of artists from David Bowie to U2. He has produced some of the most iconic albums of the last four decades, including David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy and U2’s Achtung Baby. He is also a major innovator in the field of soundscapes, and is credited with creating the genre of ambient music. Brian Eno is a true visionary, whose influence continues to shape the musical landscape of today.

Discovering new paths of innovation in 2023

The Baltic Sea Philharmonic is pursuing its own path of innovation with its renowned programme ‘Midnight Sun’, which it will present in a series of exciting concert tours in 2023. The programme, which takes its name from the Nordic phenomenon of the never-setting midnight sun, will start on 21 June at the Berlin Philharmonie, with subsequent performances at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg on 22 June and the Kissinger Sommer on 23 June. Later in 2023 the ‘Midnight Sun’ programme undergoes a transformation with more concerts in Germany and Italy. The orchestra and Kristjan Järvi will open the Usedom Music Festival on 16 September before touring Italy from 20–23 September, with visits to the Merano Music Festival (20 September), the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona (21 September) and the Teatro Amintore Galli in Rimini (22 September). For detailed information on the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s concert calendar, visit

Baltic Sea Philharmonic – a revolution in music and culture

The Baltic Sea Philharmonic takes the orchestral concert experience to a new dimension. Every performance is a voyage of musical discovery, as the musicians perform the entire programme from memory, creating a one-of-a-kind artistic journey. Each concert is a unique spectacle of sound, light, visual art, technology, choreography and playing by heart, and under the electrifying baton of Music Director and Founding Conductor Kristjan Järvi every performance has a special energy that’s absolutely infectious. But even more than this, as a community of musicians from ten Nordic countries, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic transcends boundaries and has become a movement for bringing people together. Embodying all that is innovative and progressive about the Nordic region, this visionary ensemble is taking the traditional orchestral model further than ever before. ‘It is a living breathing creature, with boundless energy and enthusiasm for the new – an adventure in itself,’ says Kristjan Järvi.

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