On your marks, get set, go! BYP autumn tour begins today

The musicians are currently in Heiden, Germany, where they are getting ready to perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol Op. 3 under the baton of Founding Conductor Kristjan Järvi. They will also accompany Heigo Rosin in Erkki Sven Tüür’s Ardor for marimba and orchestra and violinist Hyeyoon Park in Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3.

While the orchestra is in Heiden, as part of their commitment to the community, five of its players have been coaching 40 members of the German local brass and marching bands Musikkappelle Heiden and Spielmannszug Heiden, in Berlioz’s Marche hongroise and Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. Twenty of these amateurs will have the chance of their life to perform with BYP and Kristjan Järvi before the orchestra’s main evening concert today in Heiden.

From Heiden, the 75 musicians of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic will travel across Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Poland, with highlights including a return to the place where the orchestra was formed in 2008 – Usedom Music Festival, where it will perform at the opening concert (19 September). It makes its debut at Zurich Tonhalle on 12 September and returns to Milan and Verona (14 and 15 September).

The concert on 17 September in Hanover will be broadcast by NDR radio, and during their stay in Copenhagen (18 September) the musicians will take part in Danish Radio’s ‘Into the Music’ project to enable 75,000 students from rural Danish regions to experience live symphonic music, performing to 3,700 school children. The tour wraps up with the orchestra participating in a special concert in Gdansk to celebrate the 25th anniversary of German reunification (20 September).

Check out the entire concert schedule for dates and tickets here.

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BYP Paris debut broadcasts to 18 million on MEZZO in September

The Paris concert, which took place at the city’s beautiful Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on 31 March 2015, presented the programme from the orchestra’s recent CD release, ‘Baltic Sea Voyage’, conducted by Kristjan Järvi. Get a first glimpse of this concert highlight and watch the exclusive MEZZO trailer.

The performance received rave reviews at the time, with Bachtrack’s Leopold Tobisch writing: ‘This concert was exemplary of an ideal concert programme, both playful and serious at the same time… Full of strength and orchestral balance, there was no hint of this being a “youth” orchestra lacking the maturity of a professional orchestra… With impressive technique, the violin, clarinet, and flute solos were all perfectly executed, with clear motivation throughout the orchestra… Anyone who judges this orchestra by their age is a fool: the only thing youthful about this orchestra is their spirit and energy.’

MEZZO is a French television station, launched in 1992 to broadcast classical, jazz and world music, which now transmits across 44 countries to 18 million subscribers. In May 2015, it broadcast BYP’s January 2014 concert ‘Live from the Berlin Philharmonie’, featuring global classical music stars pianist Valentina Lisitsa and violinist Julia Fischer. It will present that performance again in September, alongside the Paris concert, as part of a special focus on Kristjan Järvi, offering performances and interviews with him on ‘MEZZO Voce’.

Enjoy a preview already today and watch the trailer of the Paris concert. Clips from the Paris concert will be made available shortly after the broadcast on BYP’s dedicated YouTube channel.

Broadcast of ‘Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic: Live from the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées’ on Mezzo TV

Monday, 21 September 2015, 8.30 pm
Friday, 25 September 2015, 9.30 am
Sunday, 27 September 2015, 2.52 pm
Saturday, 3 October 2015, 1.30 pm

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3,700 Danish school children drive to Copenhagen to hear BYP

The 3,700 children, aged 12–16 and all from Ringkøbing-Skjern in western Denmark, will take the 5-hour ride to Copenhagen in 50 coaches, where BYP will perform two afternoon concerts for them, on 19 September. The orchestra will present repertoire by composers from around the Baltic Sea, specially chosen to appeal to children, including Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, Carl Nielsen’s A Fantasy Journey to the Faroe Islands and Imants Kalniņš ‘Rock’ Symphony, all of which the orchestra will performing throughout its autumn tour.

Alongside the concerts, the children will also learn about the pieces, the cultures of the Baltic Sea states, and the way the orchestra works, including hearing interviews with BYP musicians. They will also spend time in Copenhagen, visiting important cultural sites, and a group will take part in a workshop hosted by Danish Radio News.

‘Into the Music’ began in 2013 and by the time it comes to an end in 2017, 75,000 Danish school children between the ages of 7 and 16 will have attended a classical music concert. Recent research demonstrated the impact of the project: when asked ‘Have the concerts made you want to play an instrument?’, up to 85% of the pupils answered ‘yes’. When asked ‘Do you want to attend a concert again?’ up to 95% answeredyes’.

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New Piano Concerto Champions Environmental Protection

Järvi explained its importance of this work: ‘For me, Severi Pyysalo’s ‘Green’ Concerto is a powerful evocation of nature across its 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.’

Pyysalo is known as a vibraphonist and jazz musician, as well as a classical composer, and his ‘Green’ Concerto fuses the two influences. He wrote of the ideas behind his first piano concerto in a blog: ‘I visualise music (especially classical music) as images or as stage music for an imaginary play. Stravinsky has always been a great source of inspiration to me, and he has been during the composition of this piece. On the other hand, I have not wanted to deny my musical background in jazz this time either, something that, whether I want it to or not, undoubtedly still shines through.’

The theme of the environment is also key for Pyysalo, as he explains: ‘Although I usually don’t seek to define anything with my music, the title of the piece, ‘Green’, refers to environmental protection and to values that I myself hold.’ But he admits that the piece is not going to be easy for the soloist: ‘I will not let the piano soloist Pauli Kari – whose superb skills I have already come to know – off easily in this piece.’

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BYP to celebrate 150th anniversaries of Nielsen and Sibelius

The tour programme also includes two world premieres, by Lithuanian composer and BYP alumnus Gediminas Gelgotas, and Finnish vibraphonist Severi Pyysalo. Pyysalo’s ‘Green’ Piano Concerto, will be performed by Finnish pianist Pauli Kari, and has at its heart the theme of protecting the environment. BYP will premiere Gediminas Gelgotas’s new work MOUNTAINS. WATERS. (FREEDOM) at Tonhalle Zurich, in its debut at the hall. The orchestra gave the world premiere of his work Never Ignore the Cosmic Ocean in Berlin in 2012. Kristjan Järvi explained 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.’

The orchestra will play works by other composers from the region, ranging from the Minimalism of Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten from 1977, and of Orawa, written in 1986 by Polish Wojciech Kilar, to the crossover style of the 1972 Rock Symphony by Latvian Imants Kalninš and Erkki-Sven Tüür’s 2002 Marimba Concerto, which will be performed by Estonian percussionist and BYP member Heigo Roisin.

There will also be classics of the orchestral repertoire on the programme, including Saint-Saëns’s Third Violin Concerto, performed by Hyeyoon Park, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol. The string section will perform the Cavatina from Beethoven’s late string quartet op.130, and Aase’s Death, written by Grieg for Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt.

Read more about the programme of BYP’s autumn tour 2015 on our storyboard and see our our concert schedule for dates and tickets here.

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BYP starts publishing regular newsletter

The second issue of the newsletter ‘BYP Inside’ went out in early July and included an article about the forthcoming world premiere of Severi Pyysalo’s ‘Green’ Concerto and excerpts of an interview with the orchestra’s principal cello Igne Pikalaviciute, as well as details about how to apply for the orchestra and the opportunity to win a CD.

Future editions will include a similar mixture of news, articles, quotes, practical information and special offers. The aim is to draw people to the variety of content on the orchestra’s website and to build up awareness of the orchestra and its work around the world.

To sign up subscribe here.

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Applications open for BYP2016

In an interview for our latest video, Damien Bassman, BYP percussion coach, explained the professional and musical benefits of joining the orchestra: “When you go to an audition, there are 500 people at that audition, of whom 50 are technically fantastic, and 10 who are technically better than everybody else. But of those 10, what separates those people for the others? What that is, is unique, individual musicianship! BYP is the only music ensemble that can teach how to do that.”

Auditions follow BYP’s innovative formula of being as much masterclass as audition, ensuring that everyone who attends benefits in some way, even if they are not selected, and that the most talented players are chosen for the orchestra. Coaches offer feedback to players on their performance and work constructively with them in a mini masterclass, open to the public.

The deadline for application is 15 October, and auditions will be held in four cities: Copenhagen (30 November); Riga (1 December); St Petersburg (2 December) and Berlin (3 and 4 December). The jury will consist of Jan Bjøranger and Justas Kulikauskas for strings, Martin Kuuskmann and Andrej Zust for woodwind and brass, and Damien Bassman for percussion. More information on our special audition portal on www.auditions-bmef.eu.

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10 Days, 9 Cities, 3 Soloists, 2 World Premieres – BYP Autumn Tour from 10 to 20 September 2015

The Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic kicks off its nine-city tour of Europe on 10 September with a performance in Heiden, Germany, under the baton of Music Director Kristjan Järvi. Heigo Rosin will perform Erkki Sven Tüür’s Ardor for marimba and orchestra, violinist Hyeyoon Park plays Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and the programme concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol Op. 3.

From there, the musicians travel across Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, and Poland, performing in nine different cities in ten days. Highlights include a return to Usedom Music Festival, where the orchestra was founded in 2008 and for which it will perform at the opening concert (19 September). It makes its debut at Zurich Tonhalle (12 September) and returns to Milan and Verona (14 and 15 September). Their concert on 17 September in Hanover will be broadcast by NDR radio, and the musicians will also perform at a special concert in Gdansk to celebrate the 25th anniversary of German reunification (20 September).

Throughout the tour, BYP will engage in local educational projects. During their stay in Copenhagen (18 September) they will take part in Danish Radio’s ‘Into Music’ project to enable 75,000 students from rural Danish regions to experience live symphonic music, performing to 3,400 school children. Ahead of their concert in Heiden, five BYP musicians will coach players from local brass and marching bands in two major works, by Berlioz and Wagner, some of whom will have the chance to perform with the orchestra.

Repertoire for the tour includes two world premieres, by Lithuanian composer and BYP alumnus Gediminas Gelgotas and Finnish vibraphonist Severi Pyysalo. Pyysalo’s ‘Green’ Piano Concerto, which will be performed by Pauli Kari, 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.”

Check out the entire concert schedule for dates and tickets here.

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Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi will perform at the European Cultural Awards in Dresden’s Frauenkirche on 2 October 2015

  • BYP and Kristjan Järvi awarded European Culture Prize 2015
  • Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic in concert with world-renowned stars of classical music Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and many more

Berlin, 18 June 2015. Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic (BYP) will perform at the gala ceremony of the European Cultural Awards 2015 on Friday 2 October at Dresden’s Frauenkirche. Under the baton of Kristjan Järvi, BYP Founding Conductor and Music Director, the finest musicians from all countries surrounding the Baltic Sea will celebrate and perform together with international renowned soloists and ensembles. Alongside and with the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic the audience will experience tenor Jonas Kaufmann, soprano Angela Gheorghiu, cellist Maximilian Hornung and organist Samuel Kummer. On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the German reunification, the gala ceremony will also bring together on stage as former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, world-famous conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, German a capella group Die Prinzen or former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González.

European Cultural Award 2015 for BYP

The Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic and Estonian-born Kristjan Järvi will receive the European Cultural Prize of the European Culture Foundation Pro Europe, recognising BYP’s exceptional achievements in developing creativity and innovation, and influencing the young classical scene across the Baltic Sea region. In particular the prize jury cited BYP’s “passionate and thrilling performances as an example to others to inspire worldwide audiences and foster cultural understanding in Europe and beyond.” Kristjan Järvi comments: “The European Culture Prize means a lot to us. It confirms that Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic meets the spirit of the times. 25 years after the German reunification and European integration, we need more initiatives like our orchestra, which touch the hearts and minds of the people. We are bringing a historically divided region like the Baltic Sea closer together with passion and emotion. Our orchestra impressively demonstrates how much positive energy cooperation of young people liberates and we hope to be an example and inspiration to others.” The award ceremony will live televised by Central German Broadcasting MDR.

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BYP ‘Live from the Berlin Philharmonie’ broadcast on Mezzo TV from 6 to 30 May 2015

Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic’s seminal concert ‘Live from the Berlin Philharmonie’ from January 2014 will be broadcast on Mezzo TV, the station of reference for classical music around the world. BYP’s Founding Conductor and Music Director, Kristjan Järvi, devised the programme of major works from composers of the Baltic Sea region, from J.S. Bach to Hugo Alfvén. Featuring classical music global stars pianist Valentina Lisitsa and violinist Julia Fischer, the electrifying concert received a rapturous reception: “The music boils and steams like lava, repeatedly heralding the big eruption, until everything ends in a huge burst of sound. The public loved it.” [Der Tagesspiegel]

The concert will be shown several times throughout May and, due to Mezzo’s substantial international network spanning seven time zones, will reach over 16 million households in 39 countries.

BYP’s Paris concert debut to be broadcast in September on Mezzo TV
The May transmission precedes that of a special Kristjan Järvi series of broadcasts in September, which will present key concerts and interviews by the conductor, renowned for his innovative concert programmes and exhilarating live concert experiences. Highlights of the series include the broadcast of BYP’s concert filmed at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs Elysées in March 2015, where the orchestra presented their renowned programme ‘Baltic Sea Voyage’. The original programme, which celebrates the rich musical landscape of the ten countries bordering the Baltic Sea, was met with substantial critical acclaim. Concert reviews heralded “the programme’s excellent and careful structuring, following hot with cold, energetic with sensual, violent with passionate.” [Bachtrack 4*]

Broadcast information of BYP’s Berlin concert on Mezzo TV:

6 May 2015 – 20:30
12 May 2015 – 13:28
16 May 2015 – 13:30
18 May 2015 – 11:00
28 May 2015 – 11:12
30 May 2015 – 14:50

BALTIC SEA YOUTH PHILHARMONIC: LIVE FROM THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIE
Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
Soloists: Valentina Lisitsa (piano), Julia Fischer (violin)

PROGRAMME
Richard Strauss Don Juan
Sergei Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Valentina Lisitsa, piano)
Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A-minor, BWV 1041, (Julia Fischer, violin)
Alexander Scriabin Le Poème de l’Extase
Richard Wagner The Ride of the Valkyries from The Valkyrie
Edvard Grieg Triumphal March from Sigurd Jorsalfar
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Dance of the Buffoons from The Snow Maiden
Hugo Alfvén Finale from the Ballet Suite The Prodigal Son

Recorded at the Berlin Philharmonie (Germany) on 22 January 2014.
Valentina Lisitsa appears courtesy of Decca Classics.
Julia Fischer appears courtesy of Unitel Classica.

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