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.

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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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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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