Tickets Programme 2019

19 JULY - 06 AUG

Tickets Programme 2019

19 JULY - 06 AUG

Tickets Programme 2019

19 JULY - 06 AUG

Russia - Germany
July 20, 2019 20:00

Mikhail Mosenkov

The conductor Mikhail Mosenkov, born in Yaroslavl in 1986, completed his piano studies at the Mussorgsky Academy in Tver and then studied conducting at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow. Mosenkov has been invited as a guest conductor by many renowned Russian orchestras, for example in St. Petersburg, Ulyanovsk, Yaroslavl and Krasnoyarsk. Since 2014 Mosenkov has been one of the guest conductors of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra and of the Tatarstan National Youth Orchestra, with which he has already performed in Prague, Paris, Dresden and Berlin. He has also been invited to the international festival “Artissimo –Tchaikovsky Non-Stop” in Jurmala (Latvia) and to the Concordia Festival, which Tatarstan holds in honour of its most famous composer, Sofia Gubaidulina.


Alexandra Dovgan

The Russian pianist Alexandra Dovgan received her first piano lessons at the age of five. Today, the 11-year-old is a student at the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Her career has been marked by many awards: she won first prizes at the international internet competition “Villahermosa” (Mexico 2014), the All-Russian Music Talents Internet Competition (Moscow 2015), the International Television Competition “Nutcracker” (Moscow 2017) and the Grand Piano Competition for Young Pianists (Moscow 2018), among others. Alexandra Dovgan was also selected to perform at a gala concert at the Catherine Palace as part of the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg in 2018. She first appeared in Berlin’s Philharmonie this past winter, when she performed for the opening of the series “Russian Season in Germany 2019”.



Symphony No. 25 in G Minor KV 183 (1773)


Piano Concerto No.1 in D Minor BWV 1052 (1738)


Ballet Music for "Shurale" (1945, excerpts)


"Carmen Suite" after Georges Bizet for String Orchestra and Percussion Instruments (1967)

Dominican Republic
July 21, 2019 20:00
Alberto Rincón

Born into a family of musicians, Alberto Rincón received his first violin lessons from his father at the early age of four, continuing his education at the Elementary School Elila Mena. Later, he continued his music education at the National Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo, completing his studies with Yolanda Yankar. In 2010 Rincón initiated a great musical development programme in his Dominican homeland, which culminated in the founding of the youth symphony orchestra “Appassionato filarmonico” and the children’s orchestra “Appassionato juvenile”. In 2016 the conductor was also appointed director of the Organization of Children’s and Youth Orchestras and the National Youth Symphony Orchestra, both supported by the Cultural Ministry of the Dominican Republic. Rincón is also responsible for a musical exchange programme with the University of Hamburg and Samford University in Alabama.



Fantasy Overture for "Romeo and Juliet" (1880)


"El amor brujo" ("Love, the Magician", 1915)


"Punta Cana" (World Premiere)


Symphony No. 9 in E Minor Op. 95 "From the New World" (1893)

July 22, 2019 20:00
Cristian Mandeal

© Virgil Oprina

The Romanian conductor Cristian Mandeal, born in 1946, studied at the Music Academy in Bucharest before completing his training with Herbert von Karajan in Berlin and with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich. From 1987 to 2009, he was the Chief Conductor and General Music Director of the Bucharest Philharmonic, guiding its rise to an orchestra of international rank. Apart from Romanian orchestras, he has conducted renowned orchestras throughout Europe and was Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester until 2009 and the Copenhagen Philharmonic until 2013. In 2001 and 2003, Cristian Mandeal was the Artistic Director of the George Enescu International Festival. He has conducted more than 60 world premieres of Romanian and other composers and has recorded George Enescu’s complete symphonic works for CD. During recent years, the 72-year-old has been active in building up the National Romanian Youth Orchestra, with which he last appeared at Young Euro Classic in 2012, 2014 and 2018, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania.


Ştefan Cazacu

Ştefan Cazacu received his first cello lessons at the age of six from his father, Marin Cazacu. At nine, he won the first national competition; many further awards in Romania and abroad followed. The 24-year-old graduated from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he studied with Reinhard Latzko. He has since taken up a prolific solo career, having performed with all the professional orchestras in Romania, including the Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest and the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Romania. He has also been invited to give recitals in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary and Israel, China and Vietnam. Cazacu’s repertoire includes all the great solo concerti, from Haydn via Saint-Saëns and Dvořák to Shostakovich, as well as Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and the Cello Concerto by Friedrich Gulda.



Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major Op. 60 (1806)


Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra Op. 33 (1877/78)


Piano Quartet in G Minor Op. 25 (orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg, 1861/1937)

July 23, 2019 20:00
Hugo Ticciati

© Marco Borggreve

The musical world of the Swedish violinist Hugo Ticciati is characterized by infinite curiosity. The 39-year-old, brother of the new chief conductor of Berlin’s DSO, Robin Ticciati, includes literature, philosophy, spirituality and meditation in his programmes, just like dance and kinetic painting. He performs the classical violin concertos, but also delves into contemporary music with verve. Ticciati has works by Takemitsu, Shchedrin, Glass and Lera Auerbach in his repertoire and has also given works by Albert Schnelzer, Sergey Yevtushenko, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Judith Weir their world premieres recently. He is a passionate chamber musician, working with the percussionist Evelyn Glennie, pianists Angela Hewitt and Olli Mustonen and the trombonist Nils Landgren, for example. In addition, Hugo Ticciati is the artistic director of the O/Modərnt Kammarorkester, which is in residence at Stockholm’s concert hall Musikaliska. This year, he was appointed music director of the Perugia Chamber Orchestra. 

Violin, Artistic Director

Marzi Nyman

The Finnish guitarist Markus “Marzi” Nyman is the perfect example of a musician who loves breaking musical boundaries. Having started as a pianist, he came into contact with jazz as a teenager. In 1998 he began to study at the jazz department of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki; early in the new century, he joined the two bands Lenni-Kalle Taipale Trio and Nylon Beat. In 2003 Marzi Nyman undertook his first tour for the Finnish Jazz Federation together with the Anna-Mari Kähärä Orchestra – a band whose member he has remained to this day. In addition, he has performed with Finland’s leading jazz musicians. The results of his intense creative work are more than 40 albums in which he can be heard with bands such as Nylon Beat, Hemma Beast, UMO Jazz Orchestra, Husband, Iiro Rantala New Trio and GG Caravan, but also with his own Marzi Nyman Trio. In his homeland, the Finnish musician has also won renown via television and film: he composed the soundtrack for the film Keisarikunta and appears regularly on TV as a host of various shows.


Priya Mitchell

Originally from Oxford, Priya Mitchell studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London and then with Zakhar Bron in Lübeck. Selected to represent her country for the “Rising Stars” series, the young violinist has performed at Carnegie Hal in New York, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Cité de la Musique in Paris. Later, she appeared with the leading British orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic, the London Mozart Players and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, but also with ensembles in Poland, Russia, Belgium and with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. The Süddeutsche Zeitung praised her as “a wonderful violinist, highly emotional and intellectually curious in equal measure”. Priya Mitchell also appears regularly at renowned festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Lockenhaus, Lugano, Ravinia and at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. This summer, she performs Astor Piazzolla’s violin concerto Four Seasons at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. 


Hannah Dawson

Born into a family of musicians (her mother a violinist in the London Philharmonic Orchestra, her father an opera singer), the British violinist Hannah Dawson was educated at the Royal College of Music. For 17 years, she has been a member of the Sacconi Quartet, which recently not only recorded contemporary string quartets by Jonathan Dove and Graham Fitkin, but also presents its own festival in Folkestone in Kent. In addition, Hannah Dawson is a member of other ensembles, such as the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, 12 Ensemble, the Donald Grand Quartet and her own piano trio, Trio Elegiaco.


Brian O'Kane

The Irish cellist Brian O’Kane follows two professional paths: on the one hand, he is a sought-after soloist on his instrument, on the other he is a champion of chamber music. Thus he is a founding member of the Navarra String Quartet, which performs this season at New York’s Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall in London and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Educated at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London, O’Kane has also performed with the violinist Pekka Kuusisto, the singer Ian Bostridge and the trumpet player Alison Balsom, to name a few. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy and others. The cellist works regularly with contemporary composers such as Lera Auerbach, Giya Kancheli and Jörg Widmann. The award-winning CD recording of the string quartets of Peteris Vasks was produced in close cooperation with the Latvian composer himself. O’Kane currently plays a Ruggeri cello built in Cremona in 1698. 


Simone van der Giessen

The Dutch violist Simone van der Giessen began taking violin lessons at the age of five, continuing her studies from 2002 onwards with Jan Repko at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 2006 she switched to the viola, graduating with distinction two years later. In Manchester, Simone van der Giessen was one of the founding members of the Navarra String Quartet, with which she has performed in concert halls all over the world. In the meantime, the musician has become a freelance orchestra and chamber music player in other formations, for example the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, the Aronowitz Ensemble and the Ensemble 360 in London. Since 2010 she has also formed the Serafino String Strio with the American Emi Ohi Resnick and the Israeli Timora Rosler.


Bryony Gibson-Cornish

© Marco Borggreve

A native of New Zealand, Bryony Gibson-Cornish studied at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Juilliard School in New York. She is a member of the Marmen Quartet, but also appears regularly as a guest player with orchestras such as the Manchester Camerata, the London Mozart Players and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In her native New Zealand, the violist also performs regularly as a soloist and docent at the International Akaroa Music Festival.


Daniel Xia

The 18-year-old Swedish pianist Daniel Xia is currently still a student at the Musikskolan Lilla Akademien in Stockholm. At the same time, he is already in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and has appeared in Denmark, Germany, Italy and Spain. The pianist has also been invited to the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Lang Lang Shenzhen Futian International Piano Festival and the Trasimeno Music Festival in Italy. He won prizes at the 2nd Futian National Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Shenzhen in 2017, at the Stockholm International Music Competition in 2016 and at the Nordic Steinway Festival in Copenhagen in 2012.



String Quartet in C Major Op. 29 (1801)


"Fratres" (1979/91)


Piano Sonata in D Minor Op. 31 No. 2 "The Tempest" (1801/02)

Improvisations on Beethoven Variations and Vivaldi Concerti, combined with Finnish rock music
July 24, 2019 20:00
Cem Mansur

© Mehmet Çağlare

The personal and artistic biography of Cem Mansur could hardly be more cosmopolitan: the British and Turkish citizen was born in Istanbul in 1957 into a multi-national and multi-lingual family. He studied first in London and then with Leonard Bernstein at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. As the conductor of the Istanbul State Opera from 1981 to 1989 he acquired an impressive opera repertoire. The successful performance of Edward Elgar’s unfinished opera The Spanish Lady in London in 1986 was followed by internationally renowned orchestras and opera houses in Europe and the USA as well as Israel and South Africa. In 2009 Mansur conducted the European premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No. 4 in Helsinki, followed by the world premiere of his composition Veni Creator in Poland in 2010. As chief conductor of the National Youth Philharmonic of Turkey he has conducted guest appearances at Young Euro Classic and led several bi-national projects, including the Young Euro Classic Festival Orchestra Turkey-Germany and the Armenian-Turkish Youth Orchestra. From 1998 to 2011 he was also chief conductor and artistic director of the Akbank Chamber Orchestra.


Gökhan Aybulus

Born in Eskişehir in 1982, the Turkish pianist Gökhan Aybulus received his initial training at the State Conservatory of Anatolia. Later, he continued his studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he was taught by renowned professors such as Naum Starkman and Sergey Dorensky. During this time, he performed in cities such as St. Petersburg, Samara and Perm; among his musical partners were Natalia Gutman, Dora Schwarzberg, Nikolai Lugansky and Alexander Kagan. Since this time, Aybulus has been invited to perform not only in Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain, but also in the USA. With the President’s Orchestra of Turkey, the pianist toured China in 2012, appearing in Beijing, Xi’an, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Since 2012 Aybulus has held a professorship at the State Conservatory of Anatolia.



"Der Freischütz" Overture (1820)


Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor Op. 18 (1901)


"Silent Echoes" (World Premiere)


Symphony No. 8 in F Major Op. 93 (1811-12)

July 25, 2019 20:00
Nils Landgren

© MUTESOUVENIR | Kai Bienert

Nils Landgren is doubtlessly one of Europe’s most successful jazz musicians. Fans and observers of the 62-year-old Swede are already wondering whether his days might have more than 24 hours. Critics have nominated him as the hardest working man in show business. When “Mr. Redhorn,” the man with the red trombone, is not touring with his legendary band Funk Unit or other projects bearing his name, he works as a producer and talent scout or is found passing his know-how on to his students. In the German capital, he has made a name for himself as the artistic director of the JazzFest Berlin. It is not least his versatility which is admired in this musician, who began playing drums at the age of six and discovered the trombone for himself at 13: apart from hardcore jazz, he is devoted to Swedish folk music – or he might record romantic and idiosyncratic Christmas songs, as he did on his album Christmas With My Friends. In cooperation with Doctors w

ithout Borders, Nils Landgren’s Funk Unit supports a music education project for children and teenagers in one of the largest slums of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. After leading the successful “Classic meets Jazz” projects at Young Euro Classic for five years running, Nils Landgren returns in 2019 for its sixth edition.



The South African singer Lira – or Lerato Molapo – is one of the most successful musicians in her home country, winning the SAMA (South African Music Award) no less than eleven times. The artist herself describes her style as a “mix of soul, funk, a little bit of jazz and African music”. In total, she has released six highly successful albums, from Feel Good (2006) and Soul in Mind (2008) to Return to Love (2011) and her latest studio album Born Free, which came out in 2016. Lira has also performed in many other African countries, e.g. Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana and Sierra Leone. Tours have taken her to Europe, where she has performed in Great Britain, France, Spain and Germany. In the USA, Lira is one of the jurors on the CBS music show The World’s Best; she also had the honour of performing during the second inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington DC in 2010.


July 26, 2019 20:00
Pedro Carneiro

© Patrícia Andrade

The Portuguese conductor Pedro Carneiro, born in the capital of Lisbon in 1975, has pursued a double career in music. On the one hand, he is an internationally celebrated percussionist who performs at all the major concert halls between the USA, Japan and Australia. More than 100 world premieres demonstrate his special position as a member of the musical avant-garde, as do his collaborations with the Arditti Quartet, the Tokyo String Quartet and the Chilingirian Quartet. The percussionist has a special love for improvisation, often in combination with live electronics or other innovative technologies. On the other hand, Carneiro has launched a career as a conductor during recent years. The Portuguese Chamber Orchestra (Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa) was founded at his initiative and has its own concert series at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon. Not least, the Portuguese multi-talent composes orchestral and chamber music and directs the percussion festival “Bang Crash Splash!” in Lisbon.


Notas de Contacto

© Rui Peralta

The roots of the inclusive ensemble “Notas de Contacto” lie in the 2009 cooperation between the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra OCP and the association “Cercioeiras”, which is dedicated to the reintegration of people with handicaps. Supported by the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, this developed into a regular ensemble starting in 2013, which gives its own concerts and also works with the OCP and the National Portuguese Youth Orchestra (JOP). The members of Notas de Contacto participate in regular rehearsals and master classes on classical western music and also non-European and contemporary music styles. In their own workshops, the instruments are adapted to the needs of the musicians; compositions are also newly arranged or commissioned from composers directly by the ensemble.



"Prélude à l'unission", First Movement from the Suite for Orchestra No. 1 Op. 9 (1903)


"Alcance | Reach" (World Premiere)


Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92 (1812)

July 28, 2019 20:00

Benjamin Bayl

Born in Sydney in 1978, the conductor Benjamin Bayl studied in London and celebrated early career triumphs in the field of 18th– and early 19th-century music. He led ensembles such as the Hanover Band and the Gabrieli Consort, Concerto Copenhagen and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. In 2006 Bayl became an assistant conductor at the Budapest Festival Orchestra, working with Iván Fischer. He has also worked with John Eliot Gardiner, Ivor Bolton and Richard Hickcox and assisted Yannick Nézet-Séguin with his recording cycle of the great Mozart operas. Apart from the grand oratorios by Bach, Handel, Mozart and Haydn, Bayl commands a broad opera repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi, Lully and Purcell via Gluck and Mozart to contemporary works. Together with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, he made his Berlin debut in 2018. Future commitments include appearances in Malaysia and Hong Kong, a Beethoven cycle with the Hanover Band and Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Budapest Opera.


Miki Skuta

© Dibelli

The Slovak pianist Miki Skuta, born in 1960, has been among the most renowned artists of his country for many decades. His repertoire goes far beyond classical fare, encompassing jazz and pop as well – from Rachmaninov, Ravel and Messiaen to Steve Reich and Chick Corea. Skuta has been invited to perform at many international festivals, e.g. Bach Unwrapped (London), The Piano (Budapest), Pianomania (Belgium), the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Kunstfest Weimar and the Zurich Jazz Festival. Among his classical CD productions, 16 Beethoven Sonatas and the Diabelli Variations stand out. His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations received highest accolades from the BBC Music Magazine, garnering the pianist invitations to solo recitals in London and Paris. Since 1996 he has also formed a successful piano duo with his wife Nora, specializing mainly in 20th-century music. He has also made a name for himself as a composer whose works have been performed in many Western European countries.


Martin Adámek

© Mathilde Lauridon

At the age of only 22, the Slovak clarinettist Martin Adámek can already look back upon an impressive career. During his studies in Bratislava and Brno, he was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra. He also won first prizes at the clarinet competition “Città di Carlino” (2013) and at the International Leoš Janáček Competition (2014). In 2016 Adámek was appointed principal clarinettist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, with which he also performed at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. In 2017 he played with the Lucerne Festival Academy under the baton of Matthias Pintscher, giving the Swiss premiere of the Clarinet Concerto by Michel van der Aa. The Slovak was also a member in the Alma Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which specializes in symphonic arrangements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition, he has founded a trio with the pianist Zuzana Biščáková and the soprano Nao Higano, focusing mainly on contemporary works and commissioning new works as well.



"Le Boeuf sur le Toit" Op. 58 (1920)


Concerto for Piano (2003, German Premiere)


"Clarinettino" (1994)


Symphony No. 2 D Major Op. 36 (1801/02)

July 29, 2019 20:00

Maximiano Valdés

Originally from Santiago de Chile, the conductor Maximiano Valdés began his studies in his hometown, moving on to the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. His professional career began as an assistant at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice; a scholarship allowed him to participate in the Tanglewood Festival as a conducting fellow, where he met Leonard Bernstein. Since the 1980s, Valdés has been invited to conduct numerous orchestras in Europe and Asia, but mainly in North and South America. In the USA, he has conducted the orchestras of Baltimore, Callas, Houston, St. Louis and Washington DC. Since 2008 Valdés has been chief conductor of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra; last year he was appointed the artistic director of the National Youth Orchestra of Chile. For the label Naxos, Valdés dedicates himself to recording Spanish and South American composers. He has recorded the complete symphonic works of Joaquin Rodrigo as well as pieces by Manuel de Falla, Jesús Rueda and Julián Orbón.


Luis Orlandini

Born in Santiago de Chile in 1964, Luis Orlandini studied at the University of Chile from 1979 to 1986, then with Eliot Fisk at the Cologne Academy of Music. Winning the International ARD Music Competition in 1989 paved the way for his international career: ever since, the guitarist has performed regularly in Berlin, Paris and London, but also in Moscow, Tokyo and Buenos Aires. Among his CD productions, the works of Joaquin Rodrigo stand alongside Mauro Giuliani’s Rossinianas and Fernando Sor’s Fantasias. In his homeland, Orlandini has given world premieres of no less than 50 works by Chilean composers, including many commissions, and has edited an anthology of guitar music by contemporary Chilean composers. In addition to his busy international concert schedule, Luis Orlandini holds a professorship for guitar and chamber music at the University of Chile and at the Papal Catholic University in Santiago de Chile.



"Retratos australes" (2019)


Concert for Guitar and Orchestra (1951)


Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major Op. 55 "Eroica" (1803)

July 30, 2019 20:00
John Neumeier

© Kiran West

The US-American John Neumeier is among the most important choreographers of our times. As Ballet Director and Artistic Director of the Hamburg Ballet, he turned this company into one of Germany’s leading ones. John Neumeier won international acclaim for his combination of traditional ballet with new, contemporary forms. One of John Neumeier’s passions is the support and education of young talent. In 1978, he founded the Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballet. In 2011, John Neumeier founded the National Youth Ballet, whose artistic director he has been ever since. John Neumeier has been awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit twice and was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 2003. He already choreographed a ballet for Young Euro Classic in 2012, and in 2013 and 2014 the National Youth Ballet appeared at the Konzerthaus in two of his choreographies as well.

Director and Choreographer

Kevin Haigen

© Silvano Ballone

Born in Miami, Kevin Haigen has worked as a dancer, choreographer, ballet teacher and ballet master. He trained at the School of American Ballet under George Balanchine, where he created his first choreographies. In 1976 Kevin Haigen joined the Hamburg Ballet, where he returned in 1991, after several international engagements, as company ballet master and ballet teacher. Ever since, he has assisted John Neumeier in the production of numerous ballets worldwide. Since the founding of the National Youth Ballet, Kevin Haigen has been its Artistic and Pedagogical Director.

Artistic and Pedagogical Director

Israel - Palestine
July 31, 2019 20:00
Saleem Ashkar

© Luidmila Jermies

Born in Nazareth, living in Berlin: those are the coordinates defining many of Saleem Ashkar’s activities. Early in life, the Israeli with Christian-Arab roots found mentors in Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta: at the age of 17, he made his debut as a pianist with the Israel Philharmonic, at 22 he was conducted by Barenboim in his Carnegie Hall debut in New York. Since then, Saleem Ashkar has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Filarmonica della Scala, with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and the London Symphony Orchestra, not to mention at festivals in Salzburg, Ravinia, Lucerne and at the Ruhr Piano Festival. His current artistic focus is on the performance of the complete 32 Piano Sonatas by Beethoven, a feat the 41-year-old has already accomplished in Berlin and Israel, Prague and Duisburg. Furthermore, he regularly spends time in Israel in his efforts to support young Israeli and Palestinian musicians there.



Overture to "L’isola disabitata” (1779)


Concerto for Piano No. 2 in B-flat Major Op. 19 (1788-1801)


"Overcoming" (World Premiere)


Symphony No. 1 in C Major Op. 21 (1800)

Great Britain
August 1, 2019 20:00
Mark Wigglesworth

© Ben Ealovega

Originally from Sussex, the conductor Mark Wigglesworth won the renowned conducting competition Kirill Kondraschin in Amsterdam in 1989. This launched the 25-year-old artist’s career: ever since, Wigglesworth has conducted the great American orchestras in Boston, Cleveland, New York and Chicago as well as major orchestras in Great Britain and Europe. In 2002 he made his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London and in 2005 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Wigglesworth was closely associated with the English National Opera; his 2014 contract as music director, however, was terminated in 2016 after a conflict with the ENO’s management. Among his CD productions, the cycle of the complete Shostakovich symphonies with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Radio Philharmonic of the Netherlands stands out. The conductor has also come to attention as the author of a six-part TV series Everything to Play For; in 2018 Wigglesworth also published the book The Silent Musician, Why Conducting Matters.


Alina Pogostkina

@ Nikolaj Lund

Alongside a stellar international career, the Russian-German violinist Alina Pogostkina has close ties to Berlin. She studied with Antje Weithaas at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy for seven years and still lives in Prenzlauer Berg. Born in 1983 in what was still called Leningrad at the time, the musician moved to Heidelberg with her parents in 1992. Even at the age of four, Alina had received her first violin lessons from her father, who remained her teacher for 15 years. Winning the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 2005 catapulted Alina Pogostkina into the first rank of young violinists. Ever since, she has performed in all the world’s renowned concert halls and at the most famous festivals. Among her musical partners are Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gustavo Dudamel, David Zinman, Jonathan Nott, Paavo Järvi, Michael Sanderling and Robin Ticciati. Apart from the great violin repertoire, the musician also plays baroque music on gut strings. She has also founded the project “Mindful Music Retreat”, which encourages young musicians to take a holistic approach to physical, mental and emotional health and balance. 



"Icarus" (2006/11)


Violin Conerto in D Major Op. 35 (1878)


Ballet Suites "Romeo and Juliet" Op. 64 (1944, excerpts)

August 2, 2019 20:00
Vasily Petrenko

© Tarlova

Originally from St. Petersburg, Vasily Petrenko is a sought-after conductor who regularly appears with all the major orchestras in Europe and North America. Not only has he been the chief conductor of EUYO since 2015, but he is also the chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2021 he also takes on the position of music director at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. The 42-year-old Russian – who is no relation of the future chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, Kirill Petrenko – also made a name for himself as an opera conductor, leading performances in Glyndebourne, Zurich and Munich (Boris Godunov); at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, he makes his debut this season in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades. Among his numerous CD productions, a cycle of the complete Shostakovich Symphonies stands out, completed in 2015. Petrenko has also recorded works by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Elgar and Szymanowski, to name just a few. The most recent addition to his discography is an album with Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6.


Nicolas Altstaedt

The German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, born in Heidelberg in 1962, has become one of the world’s most sought-after soloists during recent years. As one of the last students of Boris Pergamenschikow, he trained at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin, where he himself has now held a professorship since 2016. During recent years, he made his debuts at New York’s Carnegie Hall, in Brussels, Paris and Toronto and toured Australia. Furthermore, he was the artist-in-residence for 2017/18 at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; this season he holds the same position at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. In 2012 Altstaedt took over the artistic leadership of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival from Gidon Kremer. His repertoire is remarkably broad: in addition to the great cello concerti of the repertoire, the Bach Suites and chamber music works, he is a champion of contemporary music, having given world premieres of works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Jörg Widmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Thomas Adès.



Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B Minor Op. 104 (1896)


Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor (1904)

August 3, 2019 20:00
Alexander Shelley

© Thomas Dagg

Shelley, now 39 years of age, returns for a fourth tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. The British conductor who originally trained as a cellist began his conducting career in 2005 by winning the renowned Leeds Conducting Competition. Ever since, he has led many orchestras in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia; since 2015 he has been the chief conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. He made a name for himself in Germany as the chief conductor of the Nürnberg Symphoniker (2009-2017), where his classical open-air concerts reached more than half a million enthusiastic listeners. One of Shelley’s special concerns is classical music education via interviews and podcasts; at the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, he is also in charge of the project “Zukunftslabor” (Future Lab). Among his collaborations with the BJO, the joint tour with Campino of the band “Die Toten Hosen” in 2016 stands out. Last year, Shelley invited 46 BJO musicians to join a performance of Britten’s War Requiem in Ottawa. 



©Masimba Sasa

The South African composer and singer Msaki (Asanda Lusaseni-Mvanage) grew up in a musical family: her father worked as a DJ and choir conductor, her grandfather was a well-known composer. Msaki initially studied graphic design, founding the first band of her own in 2009. One decisive step was moving to North Carolina, USA, in 2012, where she continued her studies together with 30 other South African artists. After returning to South Africa, she focused on her musical career, founding her own independent label, One Shushu Day Artistry. In 2013 Msaki recorded her CD Nal’ithemb. In 2016 his was followed by her debut album on her own label, Zeneliza: How the Water Moves, for which she collaborated with the award-winning jazz pianist Nduduzo Makhatini. Msaki’s sound combines soulful folk with symphonic movements, Xhosa poetry and African polyrhythms as well as passages of profound improvisation.



"Johannesburg Festival Overture" (1958)


"Three African Songs" (World Premiere)


Symphonic Picture from the opera "Porgy and Bess" (1942, arr. Robert Russell Bennett)


Symphony No. 2 in D Major Op. 73 (1878)

A school project in cooperation with the International Literature Festival Berlin
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Ludovic Morlot

© Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Born in Lyon in 1973, Ludovic Morlot originally studied violin, moving on to the Royal College of Music in London, where he added conducting to his curriculum. He attended further conducting courses in the USA. Ever since winning the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship in Tanglewood in 2001, Morlot has had a particularly close relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Further invitations have taken him to the great orchestras of the USA, but also to Berlin, Dresden, London, Amsterdam and Tokyo. This season the Frenchman, who has been music director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011, makes his debut in Houston, Detroit, Rotterdam and with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. His recording of orchestral works of his compatriot Henri Dutilleux with the Seattle Symphony was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016. In the USA, Morlot has also led premieres of works by Tristan Murail, Elliott Carter and Augusta Read Thomas. 


Garrick Ohlsson

© Dario Acosta

At the age of 22, Garrick Ohlsson won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1970, vaulting into the top league of pianists overnight. Ever since, the American, who was a student of Claudio Arrau and of Rosa Lhevinne at the Juilliard School in New York, has performed with all the notable orchestras in the USA. He has toured Poland no less than ten times; in November 2018 he performed Ignaz Paderewski’s Piano Concerto in Warsaw, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Polish independence. Ohlsson’s concert repertoire is enormously broad, including more than 80 works, e.g. the piano concerti by Scriabin, Busoni, Barber and Lutoslawski. Among his CD productions, the recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas and the complete works of Frédéric Chopin stand out. In addition, his discography also features works by Weber, Grieg, Granados, Gershwin and Stefan Wolpe. Starting in this season, Ohlsson dedicates himself to the complete piano works of Johannes Brahms, which he performs as cycles in several cities in the USA and Europe.



"Sunlight" and "Twilight" from "The Tianjin Suite" (2016, German Premiere)


Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major Op. 73 (1809)


Symphony No. 5 in D Minor Op. 47 (1937)

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Sir Antonio Pappano

© Musacchio & Ianniello EMI Classics

The British conductor Sir Antonio Pappano is equally successful in the opera house and on the concert stage. Since 2002 he has been the music director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London; at the same time he has held the position of chief conductor of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome since 2005. Born to Italian parents in London in 1959, his career took him to Chicago, Frankfurt and Bayreuth (where he assisted Daniel Barenboim) to Oslo, where he became chief conductor of the Norwegian Opera in 1990, followed by the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels in 1992. Ever since, Pappano has performed with all the major orchestras in North American and Europe, including both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Staatskapelle Berlin this past season. His opera repertoire is immense, ranging from the masterpieces of Verdi, Puccini and Wagner to Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Szymanowski’s King Roger and Birtwistle’s The Minotaur. Most recently, his CD production of Verdi’s Aida with Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann in the main roles won broad acclaim. As a pianist, Pappano regularly accompanies song recitals by singers such as Joyce DiDonato, Ian Bostridge and Gerald Finley.


Dame Sarah Connolly

© Peter Warren

The British mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly is among the leading vocalists of Great Britain. She is not only a regular guest at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at the Glyndebourne Festival; she has also appeared at the Bayreuth Festival, at the opera houses of Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The repertoire of the singer, who was awarded the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2017, ranges from baroque to modern works. She sings Handel and Monteverdi roles alongside the important mezzo roles by Mozart, Wagner and Strauss. In addition, Sarah Connolly is a champion of contemporary opera; for example, she has performed in the operas The Silver Tassie by Mark-Anthony Turnage (English National Opera) and Hamlet by Brett Dean (Glyndebourne). The singer has also recorded works by Mendelssohn, Mahler, Korngold and Elgar. She has been invited to sing at the Last Night of the Proms several times.



"Delicate Tension” - Inspired by the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (World Premiere)


"Les Nuits d'été" Op. 7 (1834-1856)


Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major Op. 100 (1944/45)

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