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
Devid Striesow

© Edith Held


The German actor Devid Striesow completed his training at Ernst Busch School of Acting in Berlin in 1999. After engagements and numerous performances at the theatres in Düsseldorf and Hamburg, which included an acclaimed performance in the role of Hamlet, the magazine Theater heute elected him Young Artist of the Year in 2004; shortly thereafter, he also won the Alfred Kerr Acting Prize. His television and cinema productions also won awards, e.g. the Prize of the German Film Critics for his role in the movie Bungalow and the German Film Prize. Moviegoers and television audiences know him from Ich bind ann mal weg (2015) and as the main detective in the Saarbrücken instalments of the ARD’s Tatort (2013-2018). He currently plays one of the leading roles in the ZDF’s mystery series Schwartz & Schwartz.  

Patron of the Evening

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" (1941, excerpts)


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

Dominican Republic
July 21, 2019 20:00
Dr. Klaus Lederer

© SenatKultEuropa

Mayor and Senator for Culture and Europe in Berlin

Dr. Klaus Lederer was born in Mecklenburg in 1974 and spent his childhood and early adolescence in Frankfurt an der Oder.
After the end of the GDR, he was active in leftist youth organizations and joined the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) in 1992. 
He spent the 1990s studying law at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s law school, where he earned a doctorate, and working for the PDS as a local politician. In December 2005 Klaus Lederer was elected chair of the Berlin Left Party, a position he held until December 2016. From 2003 to January 2017, Dr. Lederer was a member of the Left Party parliamentary group in the House of Representatives, Berlin’s state legislature, and was its spokesperson on legal policy. Dr. Klaus Lederer has been Mayor and Senator for Culture and Europe in Berlin since December 2016.

Patron of the Evening

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
Patricia Schlesinger

Intendant, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb)


As a journalist, Patricia Schlesinger was a reporter, editor and moderator of the ARD show Panorama at the North German Radio (NDR). She headed the ARD Studio for Southeast Asia in Singapore and was its correspondent for the USA in Washington. After returning to Germany, she became the head of the programming areas Culture and Documentaries for NRD Television. Since 2016 she has been the Intendant (General Director) of the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb).

Patricia Schlesinger’s productions have won numerous awards – including the German Film Prize, the Grimme Prize and the Television Prize, an Emmy Award and an Oscar. Patricia Schlesinger is a board member of the Free University Berlin, a member of the board of the Acting Academy “Ernst Busch” and a member of the German Committee for UNICEF. She is married and has one daughter. 

Patron of the Evening

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
Dietrich Mattausch

© Gerhard Kassner


Vienna’s Burgtheater, Hamburg’s Schauspielhaus, Munich’s Residenztheater – Dietrich Mattausch was at home on all the major German-language stages. And of course on your television screen: “Der Fahnder”, “Traumschiff”, “Tatort”, many whodunits, but also many serious roles, such as in the movie “Die Wannseekonferenz”. Mattausch is one of Germany’s most well-known actors – on television and on the stage, which means the world to him. Yet he only arrived in his dream career after several detours, suffering through an apprenticeship as a forwarding merchant, taking acting classes on the side, playing provincial theatres for a relatively long time and only having his breakthrough in his mid-thirties. But then it was a real breakthrough! Being tall, he is considered the ideal casting for bankers, doctors, directors or high-ranking civil servants. He often plays these types as ice-cold and calculating, or cynically intellectual. In his private life, he is quite different: amusing, curious, open-minded, a highly ponderous activist. Apart from the theatre, music is his love. Good for Young Euro Classic: he has accompanied the festival from the very beginning, proving himself an active and true friend for twenty years. 

Patron of the Evening

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

© Kaupo Kikkas

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.



Nathan Braude

The Belgian-Israeli violist Nathan Braude has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert venues including the Wigmore Hall in London, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Nathan Braude has also appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana and Australian Chamber Orchestra. In September 2016 Nathan became the new principal violist at the Gürzenich Orchester in Cologne. Festival appearances include Progretto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Ravinia Festival in Chicago and Festival de Radio France in Montpellier. Since 2010 Nathan regularly performs in duo recitals together with his wife Polina Leschenko. Nathan Braude plays a viola by Pietro Giovanni Mantegazza (Milano, 1772). 


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
Ulrich Deppendorf

© ARD Hanna Lippmann


Ulrich Deppendorf is a doyen of public television in Germany, whose appearance signalled important information on current world events – he moderated the Report from Berlin no less than 289 times. Berlin is the adopted home of this child of the Ruhr area, the place the 68-year-old feels at home. After studying law in Münster, he interned at the WDR, whose television programme director he ultimately became, after many successful years as an editor responsible for multiple features and programming areas, including “ARD aktuell” and its signature shows Tagesschau and Tagesthemen. That job interrupted his position as the head and chief editor of the ARD Capital Studio, which he then took up again from 2007 to 2015. To many, perhaps himself included, he thereby “returned home”.He finds it easy to deal with the gruff nature of the Berliners; perhaps it is also the city’s cultural riches that attract him. After all, the self-confessed classical music fan originally harboured quite a different dream profession: “I never regretted my decision to become a journalist, not even for one day. But in my next life, I would like to be a conductor.” As one of the founding fathers of Young Euro Classic, he has actively accompanied the festival from the very first minute. We hope this will remain the case for many years! In May 2018, he also became the chairman of the charitable association supporting the German Historical Museum Berlin. 

Patron of the Evening

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" (German Premiere)


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

July 25, 2019 20:00
Helge Schneider

Patron of the Evening

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.



Tini Thomsen

Born in Hamburg in 1981, Tini Thomsen studied jazz saxophone and classical bass clarinet at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, specializing on composition and arrangements in her master’s degree. She has composed and arranged for everything from string quartets to the renowned Dutch Metropole Orchestra, as well as the NDR Bigband, Hessischer Rundfunk Bigband, Norrbotten Bigband and the Jazzbaltica Allstar Ensemble, which she led in her own music during its 2017 opening concert. She has written for and performed with the Amstel and Aurelia Saxophone Quartets, Remy van Kesteren and Norah Fischer. In 2016 she won the GEMA Music Author’s Prize in the jazz and crossover category. This was preceded by the Jazzbaltica Encouragement Award and the Bujazzo Composition Price and others. She has released three CDs with her own band, MaxSax. As a big band leader, she has toured with a jazz version of Peter and the Wolf commissioned by Nils Landgren in Germany and Sweden, as a saxophonist with Cro, Dr. John, the NDR Bigband with Al Jarreau and with Nils Landgren’s Funk Unit.


Saxophone, Arrangements

Ebba Åsman

Ebba Åsman was born in 1998 and attended a special music school in Stockholm before studying at the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm. She then enrolled in jazz trombone studies in Rotterdam which she still continues. At the age of 14, she won the classical music competition “Polstjärnepriset”. Even as a teenager, she performed all over Sweden in big bands and jazz formations, including the Ekdahl Bagge Big Band, das ASJO Ann-Sofi Söderqvist Jazz Orchestra, the Håkan Broström New Places Orchestra and the Blue House Jazz Orchestra under the leadership of Magnus Lindgren and Peter Asplund. Renowned venues she has played at include clubs such as Fasching in Stockholm and Nefertiti in Gothenburg. Since studying in Rotterdam, she has also performed at festivals in Den Bosch, Rotterdam and Amersfoort, as well as the Ystad Jazz Festival and the Visby Jazz Festival. Her musical partners include Swedish pop stars such as Eric Saade and Tjuvjakt. Her debut album will be released by Stockholm Jazz Records in September 2019. 


Christin Neddens

Christin Neddens studied percussion in Germany, the Netherlands and the USA (where her teachers included Peter Erskine and Jeff Hamilton at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles). The young drummer has been invited to various (inter)national festivals, for example the Big Band Festival Imatra in Finland, the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown in South Africa, the Port Townsend Jazz Festival in the USA and the festivals Überjazz, Open Jazz and Elbjazz in Germany. As a freelance musician and composer, she can also be heard in many cross-genre projects. Christin also writes for her own fusion band “Christin Neddens’ Orange Line” and is one of the protagonists of the Hamburg-based jazz-rock large ensemble “Operation Grand Slam – the cinematic sound orchestra”. In the summer of 2018, Christin Neddens played in the band of Carolin Kebekus’ TV show Pussy Terror TV, a production of ARD and WDR. During the past months, she has performed at festivals in Ukraine, Jordan, Togo (West Africa) and the USA. Christin Neddens endorses Yamaha Drums, Meinl Cymbals and REMO Drum Heads.


Nhlanhla Daniel Mahlangu

Nhlanhla Daniel Mahlangu began his musical career as a clarinettist in the big band of a local music school. At the age of 15, he switched over to saxophone, soon being accepted in the teacher’s band of his high school. In addition, Mahlangu performed in local jazz clubs. Ever since, he has played regularly with South African musicians such as Freya Fake, Don Lake, Dr Abdullah Ibrahim, Africa Mize and Maltase Malala, but also with prominent Americans such as Yosef Lateef and Rufus Reid. 


Brandon B-Bae Ruiters

Brandon “B-Rae” Ruiters’ love for music goes back to his local church; he received his education as a classical trumpet player at the College of Music of the University of Cape Town (UCT) where he performed as a solo trumpet player both in the big band and the symphony orchestra. In the meantime, he has performed with great names such as Jimmy Dludlu, Jonathan Butler, Emo Adams and the Mike Campbell Big Band, and has also performed in their CD productions. Furthermore, Brandon has developed special pedals for his trumpet, which have contributed to his special reputation as a “one-man horn section”. 


Siya Makuzeni

© Hlulani Hlangwane

She is many things in one, the South African trombonist Siya Makuzeni: vocalist and music producer, arranger, songwriter. She is also the bandleader of the Siya Makuzeni Sextet and of the crossover rock band IppYFuzE. In 1997 she first held a trombone at the Stirling High School in East London, South Africa; she subsequently studied at the Rhodes University and the Pretoria Technikon Music School. Ever since, she has toured the entire world and has performed with artists such as David Murray, Jacky Terrasson and Branford Marsalis. Apart from her own album Out Of This World with her own sextet, she has written songs for many colleagues. In 2013 Siya Makuzeni received the Mbokodo Award for Women in Jazz. 


Sibusiso Lerole

Under his artist name Big Voice Jack Jr, Sibusiso Lerole is the most well-known player of the penny whistle – apart from his father, Big Voice Jack. His father was also his only teacher, and he has performed alongside him from an early age onwards at a multitude of events, including in the 2000 anti-Apartheid film Amandla by the American director Lee Hirsch. The MIAGI founder Robert Brookes invited him to appear with orchestra musicians in the children’s TV show Blue Couch. Big Voice Jack Jr. mixes Kwela Music with jazz, Hip Hop and classical sounds. In 2010 he also performed at the final ceremony of the Football World Cup in South Africa. 

Penny Whistle

Viwe Mkizwana

Viwe Mkizwana began playing the double bass at the age of 17. In 2008 he enrolled at the Thwande University of Technology, from which he graduated with a diploma in jazz and popular music. Later he also acquired a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pretoria. After many years as the principal bass player of the MIAGI Orchestra, Mkizwana regularly performs with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed with numerous prominent South African jazz musicians. Mkizwana currently teaches double bass at the Pretoria High School for Girls and at the UNISA Music Foundation. 

Double Bass

Musawenkosi Mdluli

Musawenkosi Mdluli received his first piano lessons at the age of nine, playing for his local church community. He later gathered further experience at South Africa’s most important jazz festivals. Mdluli currently studies at the Tshwane University of Technology, which is one of the largest educational institutions in South Africa with six different campuses. As part of his activities on behalf of the MIAGI Orchestra, Mdluli has also given workshops on South African jazz. 


July 26, 2019 20:00
Rolf-Dieter Krause

© WDR/Herby Sachs


“Factually competent, analytically critical, clearly expressive,” the Medium Magazin described him when naming him “Journalist of the Year” in 2012. For many years, Krause was the face of Brussels on the ARD channels. For 20 years he reported from Europe’s capital. Now he is a true Berliner. Krause, born in Lüneburg, began his career as a reporter for newspapers, joined the WDR in Düsseldorf in 1982 and became the ARD Correspondent in Bonn from 1985 to 1990. In 1990 he finally landed where he belonged: in Brussels. With refreshing openness, he recounts: “At the time, I had no particular views on the European Community. I was simply young and curious.” After an intermezzo as a Deputy Studio Director in Bonn and Head of Programming for the WDR TV in Cologne in 2000, Brussel welcomed him back in 2001 – for 15 years, the rest of his professional life. Today he does not miss television, but Europe has not let him go: he occasionally works as an advisor and speaker on European affairs.

Patron of the Evening

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
Lea Heinrich

© Christina Körte

Music Education

Lea Philippa Heinrich studied music pedagogy (piano and jazz saxophone) as well as Spanish / Latin American Studies at the Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin’s Free University and at the Universidad de Granada in Spain. She was a fellow of the Second Masterclass on Music Education of the Körber Foundation and holds a certificate in Culture and Media Management from the Hamburg Academy of Music and Theatre. Since 2012 she has managed the music education programme of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, coordinating activities such as the Symphonic Mob, among others.
From 2015 to 2019 she was a guest docent and member of the academic staff for music education, management for musicians and interdisciplinary professionalization at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin. She also taught at the Detmold Music Academy.
Lea Philippa Heinrich has worked on the artistic, conceptual and organizational aspects of various music projects, e.g. for the Berlin Philharmonic’s education department, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Umculo Cape Festival in South Africa. In 2015 she chaired the audience jury for the European Composer Award of the Young Euro Classic festival.
She has moderated concerts at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Music Festival, the Kulturförderpunkt Berlin and as a music curator for the sculpture composition series at the Bode Museum in Berlin.

Patron of the Evening

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
Sascha Hingst

Television Presenter

Sascha Hingst was born in Berlin in 1971 and grew up in Berlin and Leipzig. After graduating from school in 1990, he studied law in Heidelberg, taking his state examinations in law in 1998. While still a student, Hingst worked for the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) in Leipzig, the Südwestrundfunk (SWR) in Mainz and the German-French cultural TV channel ARTE in Strasbourg. From 2001 to 2007 he presented the “Hessenschau” on Hessischer Rundfunk (HR). Since September 2007 Sascha Hingst has presented the “Abendschau” on Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb). On November 20, 2015 Sascha Hingst won the Bremen Television Award in the category “Best Presenter”. Starting in January 2017, he has also presented the quiz show “Jede Antwort zählt” and the new ARD feature “Mittagsmagazin” from Berlin, the latter together with Jessy Wellmer.

Patron of the Evening

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
Hartmut Dorgerloh

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Dorgerloh is an art historian by training as well as a monument conservator and culture manager. Having held leading positions at the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg and as the founding director of the House of the History of Brandenburg and Prussia in Potsdam, he was appointed director general of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg in 2002, a position he held until 2018. Since 2004 he has been teaching as an honorary professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin, has taught regularly at the University of Berne, Switzerland, and was a scholar at the Getty Research Institute in the USA. Internationally, he has served as a board member of ICOM-DemHist and the Association des Résidences Royales Européennes (ARRE). He was also chairman of the board of “Schlösser und Gärten in Deutschland e.V.” (2012-2018) and spokesman of the Conference of National Cultural Institutions in Germany (2005-2010). 

Patron of the Evening

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

July 31, 2019 20:00
Stefan Raue

© Bettina Fürst-Fastré

Director General, Deutschlandradio

Stefan Raue has been director general of Deutschlandradio since September 1, 2017. Raue was born in Wuppertal in 1958 and studied history, literary studies and philosophy in Freiburg and Bielefeld. His career as a journalist began in 1986 as an intern at the “Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung” and at the WDR radio station, where he subsequently worked from 1987 to 1990 as a reporter in the State Studio in Düsseldorf. In 1990 he was appointed political editor, managing editor and chief editor for current affairs at RIAS-TV; in 1992 director of the department of current affairs and news at DW-TV. From 1992 to 1995 he held various leading positions at the ZDF; from 2011 to 2017 he was editor-in-chief of the MDR. 

Patron of the Evening

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.


Artistic Director, piano


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
Dietmar Bär

© Uwe Stratmann


Something to be proud of: Dietmar Bär, who plays the character of Freddy Schenk in the Cologne Tatort crime series, was voted the most popular TV investigator in Germany in 2014. He has played the Detective Inspector in over 70 cases since 1997 and won the German Television Award in 2000. Together with Klaus J. Behrendt, he received the Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2015 from Prime Minister Hannelore Kraft.
Dietmar Bär, a native of Dortmund, considers it of extreme importance to remain close to his people. As often as he can, the ardent fan of Borussia Dortmund mixes with the fans in the stadium in his black and yellow jersey. His daily life, however, is rather different from the rough big guy with an insatiable appetite for “currywurst” he plays in the Tatort series. Dietmar Bär loves to read, listens to all kinds of music and has developed into a gourmet with vegetarian preferences: “I am too old for cheap wine and bad food.” However, he is not too old for the various social causes he supports: Bär is a founding member of “Tatort – Straßen der Welt e.V.” which supports children’s rights in the Philippines, in Swaziland and Germany. And he supports Young Euro Classic not only as an evening patron, but also as a member of the German Association of Friends of European Youth Orchestras e.V.

Patron of the Evening

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)


"Romeo and Juliet" Op. 64 (1935-1944, excerpts)

August 2, 2019 20:00
Olaf Scholz

Federal Minister of Finance and Vice Chancellor

Olaf Scholz has been Federal Minister of Finance and Vice Chancellor of Germany since March 2018. He was born in Osnabrück in 1958, grew up in Hamburg and is married to Britta Ernst. In 1975 he joined the SPD. After graduating from law school, he worked as an attorney specializing in labour law from 1985 onwards. From 1982 to 1988 he was the deputy chairman of the Jusos (the SPD’s youth organization) and a Member of Parliament from 1998 to 2001 and 2002 to 2011. He was chair of the SPD (2002-2004) and First Parliamentary Secretary of the SPD Group (2005-2007). From 2007 to 2009 he was Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and thereafter (2009-2011) deputy chair of the SPD Parliamentary Group. From 2011 to 2018 he was Mayor of the Free Hansa City of Hamburg. From February to April 2018 Olaf Scholz was acting chair of the SPD. 

Patron of the Evening

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
Ramona Pop

Ramona Pop, Mayor and Senator for Economy, Energy and Enterprises in Berlin’s Senate

Born in Timișoara in Romania, Ramona Pop has lived in Germany since the age of ten. After graduating from high school in Münster, she studied political sciences at the University of Münster and the Free University Berlin. In 1997 Ramona Pop joined the party Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen. In 2001 she was elected to Berlin’s Abgeordnetenhaus (parliament) on the Green Party’s ticket. Here, she began her career as the spokesperson for youth and labour policy before being elected chairperson of the Green Party group in 2009. Since 2016 Ramona Pop has been Mayor and Senator for Economy, Energy and Enterprises and was elected to the Abgeordnetenhaus on a direct mandate for the district Mitte-1. She is ex-officio chairwoman of the Berliner Stadtreinigung, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe and Berliner Wasserbetriebe (Berlin’s agencies for city cleaning, public transport and water). She is Chairwoman of the Board of the Investitionsbank Berlin, member of the supervisory board of Messe Berlin (Berlin’s trade fair) and a Berlin Partner for Economy and Technology. She is also a member of the board of trustees of the Lette-Verein in Berlin.

Patron of the Evening

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
August 5, 2019 18:00
August 5, 2019 20:00
Holger Wemhoff

© Daniela Vagt

Chief Presenter, Klassik Radio

Fans of Klassik Radio would recognize his voice instantly: for more than 20 years, Holger Wemhoff has been chief presenter at the station. Born in Ibbenbüren in Westphalia, Holger Wemhoff studied theatre studies, Italian literature and modern German literary history in Munich. He is one of the most popular German stage presenters at the biggest classical music events and hosts the Deutsche Grammophon podcast “Let’s talk about classical music”. Among the numerous stars Holger Wemhoff has interviewed in his show are Sir Peter Ustinov, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ennio Morricone, Rolando Villazón, Montserrat Caballé and Anna Netrebko. His expert yet amusing presentations have entertained audiences in the concert halls of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. His first book, an autobiography, appeared in German in the fall of 2011. The Vienna Philharmonic invites him regularly as the backstage moderator for its legendary “Summer Night Concert”. 

Patron of the Evening

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)

August 6, 2019 20:00
Sebastian Nordmann

© Pablo Castagnola

Intendant Konzerthaus Berlin

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Nordmann, born in Kiel in 1971, studied musicology and modern history first at the Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg, then at Berlin’s Free University and Technical University. Right after his Master’s degree, he wrote his doctoral thesis under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Christian Martin Schmidt on The Influence of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival on the Musical Landscape of Schleswig-Holstein. While still a student, Sebastian Nordmann gathered practical experience in the cultural sector, working at the Edinburgh Festival, the Culture Department of Bayer AG, as orchestra manager of the Schleswig-Holstein State Youth Orchestra and assistant to the Intendant (Artistic Director) of the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. After completing his doctorate, he worked for the strategic consultancy The Boston Consulting Group in Berlin for two years. From October 2002 to December 2008 he was Intendant and managing director of the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. From 2008 to 2013 he taught music management / career planning as a professor at the Rostock Academy of Music and Theatre. Since September 2009 Sebastian Nordmann has been Intendant of the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin. Since spring of 2016 he has also been Artistic Director of the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Music Academy Competition. 

Patron of the Evening

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.


Magdalena Kožená

(c) CEMA Oleg Rostovtsev

Born in the Czech city of Brno, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená trained as a singer and pianist at the conservatory of her hometown and later at the music academy in Bratislava. On the concert platform, she has collaborated with many of the world’s leading conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernhard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Sir Roger Norrington und Sir Simon Rattle. Also an acclaimed artist in period performance, she has been heard with the English baroque Soloists, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Il Giardino Armonico, and Les Musiciens du Louvre, among others. In 2003 she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, returning there in 2013 as Idamante in Idomeneo. Her operatic repertoire includes the roles of Cherubino, Mélisande, Octavian, Carmen and the title roles of Charpentier’s Medée and Martinů’s Juliette, which she has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, in Baden-Baden and Glyndebourne as well as Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden. For her services to French music, Magdalena Kožená was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2003.

We are most grateful to Ms. Kožená for replacing Dame Sarah Connolly, who has unfortunately been taken ill, at short notice!



"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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