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

Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
Soloists: Valentina Lisitsa (piano), Julia Fischer (violin)

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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4 celebrated concerts, 3000 concert-goers, 2000 kilometres travelled – BYP enthralled audiences in Poland, Germany and France

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!

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Bonjour, Paris! Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonics Debut Concert In Paris

On Tuesday 31 March 2015, 8 pm at the city’s prestigious Théâtre des Champs-Elysées BYP makes its Paris debut. Under the baton of Founding Conductor and Music Director, Kristjan Järvi, the orchestra brings to France for the first time its electrifying concert programme, Baltic Sea Voyage, celebrating the rich and diverse musical landscape of the entire region. The concert is under the joint patronage of the Ambassadors of all Baltic Sea states to France.

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BYP’s first ever live concert streaming

Four days of intensive rehearsals and workshops at BYP LAB  culminate tonight with the first of the orchestra’s concerts during its March 2015 tour. The concert, taking palace at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre of Music in Luslawice, will be streamed live via BYP’s Facebook page. Global audiences will be able to experience the sound of the Baltic Sea, as brought to you by the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic with its signature concert programme ‘Baltic Sea Voyage’, in what is the orchestra’s first ever live streamed concert. Featuring music from every country surrounding the Baltic Sea, viewers will be able to experience works from the likes of Grieg, Sibelius and Pärt, to the folk-influenced Kilar, plus the pop culture-inspired living composers Kalninš and Gelgotas – and much more.
Make sure to tune in here at 7 pm (Central European Time) tonight!
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Polish premiere of ‘Baltic Sea Voyage’ and BYP LAB rings in the touring year 2015

The touring year 2015 opens up with Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonics (BYP) return to Poland. BYP performs for the first time at the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, on Thursday 26 March at the prestigious concert hall, the Filharmonia Narodowa. Following on from its exhilarating debut at the Warsaw Philharminic in 2014, BYP will now give the Polish premiere of its electrifying concert programme, Baltic Sea Voyage, under the baton of Founding Conductor and Music Director, Kristjan Järvi. The programme celebrates the rich and diverse musical landscape of the entire region, giving audiences the chance to discover the sounds of the countries bordering the Baltic Sea. Another Polish premiere will be the BYP LAB, the orchestra’s annual innovative educational workshop led by Kristjan Järvi and his team of internationally-renowned coaches. This year BYP LAB takes place at the Krzystzof Penderecki Center for Music in Krakow from 22 to 25 March 2015.

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Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic kicks off BYP LAB and its first tour of 2015

The international BYP community once again joins together for a week of passionate music-making, innovative workshops and thrilling concerts, when it kicks off BYP LAB and its first tour of 2015 from 21 March onwards. Taking in Lusławice and the Filharmonia Narodowa Warsaw in Poland, the Russian Embassy in Berlin, as well as the prestigious Théâtre des Champs Elysées for BYP’s Paris debut, the tour will feature the orchestra’s uplifting and evocative programme, ‘Baltic Sea Voyage’.

Prior to the concert tour, Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic will run four days of BYP LAB – its unique teaching and educational workshops run by Kristjan Järvi and its internationally-renowned coaches – at the European Krzysztof Penderecki Centre for Music in Lusławice, where it also performs the opening concert of the tour. It promises to be another week of enriching musical and life experiences.

25 March: Concert at the European Krzysztof Penderecki Centre for Music Luslawice, Poland
26 March: Concert at Filharmonia Narodowa Warsaw, Poland
27 March: Concert at Russian Embassy, Berlin, Germany
31 March: Concert at Paris’ Théâtre des Champs Elysées, France

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First Official Album Release: Baltic Sea Voyage by Kristjan Järvi and BYP

On 6 April 2015 the first official Album of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic under the baton of its Founding Conductor and Music Director, Kristjan Järvi will be released: ‘Baltic Sea Voyage’ is the next instalment in the Kristjan Järvi Sound Project recording series on Naïve Classique. Conceived by Estonian-American Kristjan Järvi and performed by the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic (BYP) – the orchestra the Usedom Music Festival and Nord Stream AG, the gas pipeline operator founded in 2008 – the album celebrates the rich musical landscape of the Baltic Sea region.

Featuring a work from each country, listeners can journey from the deep spirituality of Grieg, Sibelius and Pärt and the Nordic mythology of Wagner’s Ring, to the folkloric drive of Stravinsky and Kilar, and finally to the pop culture-inspired works of living composers Kalninš and Gelgotas. The entire ‘Baltic Sea Voyage’ will be performed at BYPs debut concert in Paris on 31 March 2015, too.

The album is available in selected music stores or for download on iTunes from 6 April 2015 (Naïve Classique V5407).

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The Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic announces its sponsors for 2015

The Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic (BYP) is proud to announce its sponsors and supporters for 2015 from across the fields of finance, energy, engineering, IT and private funding. Nord Stream AG – operator of the natural gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea– continues as lead sponsor for an eighth year. The consortium has supported the orchestra since the very beginning, having been a co-founder of the orchestra in 2008 along with the Usedom Music Festival. Saipem, one of the global leaders in the engineering & construction and drilling businesses and sponsor of the orchestra since 2011, also maintains its support of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic and will bring the orchestra to Italy again this year. The Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic also welcomes new supporters Sapinda International Services B.V., Gazprombank and VTB Bank (Deutschland) AG as well as the Ventura Group. BYP also receives additional support from the German Foreign Office.

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