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.