From 25 to 31 March 2015, some 80 young musicians from the ten countries bordering the Baltic Sea celebrated the rich and diverse musical culture of the Baltic Sea region. Under the baton of Founding Conductor and Music Director, Kristjan Järvi, they traveled 2,000 kilometres across Europe and performed four celebrated concerts at the European Krzysztof Penderecki Center for Music in Luslawice (Poland), at the Filharmonia Narodowa in Warsaw (Poland) and at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin (Germany). The orchestra then concluded its first concert tour for 2015 with its debut at the prestigious Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris (France). Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic took the audience by storm and inspired some 3,000 concert-goers, with the media proclaiming:
“…this concert was exemplary of an ideal concert programme, both playful and serious at the same time…”, Par Leopold Tobisch on Bachtrack
“…Program był na tyle różnorodny, że nie można było się znudzić…” (“Impossible to get bored with this programme.”), Dorota Szwarcman on Polityka
“…un sublimé d’énergie…” (“…sublimated energy…”), Jacqueline Thuilleux on Concertclassic
Prior to the concert tour, the orchestra’s annual innovative educational workshop led by Kristjan Järvi and his team of internationally-renowned coaches – the so-called ‘BYP LAB’ – took place at the European Krzysztof Penderecki Center for Music in Luslawice. The young musicians were not only trained musically under the guidance of Kristjan Järvi and his team of international coaches; they also learned the values of team work and acting as a community. Workshops combined individual training, sectionals and full orchestra rehearsals, as well as chamber music projects, composing and conducting workshops, plus seminars and tutorials on how the BYP musicians can share what they have learned with the next generation of musicians. With this, the BYP spirit is carried into the music academies around the Baltic Sea.
The Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic continues its journey in 2015 and will carry the sound of the Baltic Sea to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Poland in September. More news to follow!