For 17 days every summer, youth orchestras from all over the world perform at the Berlin’s Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt.
Photo by: Young Euro Classic, Ckai Bienert
Young Euro Classic music festival, a trailblazer of the global youth orchestra scene, runs its 23rd edition this year. On the program, there are fascinating newcomers, as well as returning favorites. Among highlights, the National Youth Orchestra of Uruguay, which presents vibrant works from the American continent, like Huapango, the secret Mexican national anthem, the fiery suite Estancia by the Argentine Alberto Ginastera, and the tangos of Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla. The Chineke! Junior Orchestra from London brings together Black and ethnically diverse talents. They perform the music of Stewart Goodyear, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Tchaikovsky, and are led by a young Venezuelan conductor Glass Marcano. Another debutant of the festival The Western Balkans Youth Orchestra includes young music students from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. They play music by Grieg, Chopin, and Shostakovich.
Among the Germany’s finest are the National Youth Orchestra of Germany (making its 20th appearance at Young Euro Classic), the National Youth Ballet of Germany, and the Bundesjazzorchester conducted by a true jazz legend, the 84-year-old pianist Michael Gibbs.
Worth noting, a residency program from the Swedish O/Modernt New Generation Orchestra. It comes in three parts, and combines old and new music performed by the original O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra and its next generation counterpart in totally unexpected ways. There are music pieces ranging from the Renaissance period to Miles Davis.