July 19, 2019 20:00
Michael Müller

Governing Mayor of Berlin

Michael Müller, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, was born in Berlin in 1964. He finished secondary school in 1982, followed by a business apprenticeship and a specialized upper secondary school for business and administration. From 1986 to 2011, he worked as a self-employed printer.
Michael Müller joined the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in 1981. From 1991 to 2000, he was chair of his local SPD chapter, and from 1989 to 1996, he was a member of Berlin-Tempelhof borough assembly, finishing his time there as the head of the SPD party group. He was also a delegate to the district and state party conventions. From 2000 to 2004, he was chair of the Tempelhof-Schöneberg SPD. In 2004, Michael Müller became chair of the SPD in the federal state of Berlin, a post that he held until 2012 and to which he was re-elected in 2016. 
Elected a Member of the Berlin House of Representatives in 1996, Michael Müller has served in this capacity ever since. From 2001 to 2011, he also chaired the SPD parliamentary group in the Berlin House of Representatives.
In 2011, he was appointed Senator for Urban Development and the Environment and Mayor of Berlin. On 11 December 2014, Michael Müller became Governing Mayor of Berlin and has held this office ever since. From 2014 to 2016, he was also Senator for Culture; in 2016, he became Senator for Higher Education and Research.
Michael Müller was President of the German Federal Council from 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018 and has been President of the international city network Metropolis since August 2018.

 Governing Mayor of Berlin

Monika Grütters

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Prof. Monika Grütters MdB
Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Prof. Monika Grütters was born in Münster and studied German literature, art history and political sciences at the universities of Münster and Bonn. She gained professional experience working at the opera, in publishing and in museums before managing art and cultural programmes in large corporations. From 1998 to 2013 she was a member of the governing board of the foundation “Brandenburger Tor”. Since 1999 she has been honorary professor for culture management at the Freie Universität Berlin.

From 1995 to 2005 she was a member of the Berlin parliament, where she was the spokesperson for science and cultural policy of the CDU parliamentary group. Since 2005 she has been a member of the German Bundestag, where she was the chair of the committee on cultural and media affairs from 2009 to 2013. Since December 2013 she has been Minister of State and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. 

Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Dr. Willi Steul

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Chairman Deutscher Freundeskreis europäischer Jugendorchester e.V.

Jakub Chrenowicz

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The young Polish conductor Jakub Chrenowicz, a graduate of the Ignazy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznań, began his professional career at the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010. Further studies took him to the conservatories in Frankfurt am Main and Warsaw; since the 2017/18 season, Chrenowicz has been Chief Conductor of the Koszalin Philharmonic. He has been invited to conduct the major radio orchestras in Poland, but also by the Symphony Orchestras in Poznań, Łódź and Cracow, by the Sinfonia Varsovia and the Sinfonietta Cracovia. Chrenowicz has also made a name for himself as a ballet conductor, leading works such as Stravinsky’s Sacre du printemps, Leon Minkus’ Don Quichotte and Leo Delibes’ Coppélia. In 2011 the conductor made his debut at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, where he conducted Stanisław Moniuszko’s national opera The Haunted Manor, among other works.



Symphony No. 6 in F Major Op. 68 "Pastoral" (1808)


Toccata for Small Orchestra (1947)


Symphony No. 5 in C Minor Op. 67 (1808)

Russia - Germany
July 20, 2019 20:00
Devid Striesow

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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

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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

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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)

The Junior Festival during the Festival’s Anniversary
July 23, 2019 10:00 am
Europe Multi-Media

This workshop starts with a brainstorm and exchange session: what does “homeland” mean, and what does it mean to you? Is the term “Europe” important to you, is it part of your daily lives? Together with two docents, give voice to your thoughts and ideas and make them resound on five workshop days. You will do lots of experimenting: trying out, sketching, combining and creating. Songs, stories, videos and pictures will be combined in multi-media compositions and presented to your families, friends and festival visitors at the big Family Day at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

Age: 10-14 years
Time: 10-16 h
Location: Podewil Berlin, Klosterstraße 68, 10179 Berlin
Docent: Claas Krause and Philip Seybold
For approx. 20 participants

Junior Festival: Workshop 1
European Chorus

Have you always wanted to know what people sing in other European countries, and what kinds of music they listen to? At Young Euro Classic, every year there are many young musicians who come together because of their love for classical music. But of course there are other kinds of music too where they come from: folk songs and pop songs which reflect the heartbeat of their country, of their homeland. Get to know such melodies in this workshop, and start experimenting with them. Together with your docent, a band and the workshop “European Jam”, you will compose your own hymn in which your musical experiences during this work will be reflected. On the Family Day, you present your results, and of course, in a grand final performance, your own Hymn for Europe!

Age: 6-14 years 
Time: 10-14 h
Location: Podewil Berlin, Klosterstraße 68, 10179 Berlin
Docent: Defne Şahin 
For approx. 20 participants per group

Junior Festival: Workshop 2
European Jam

This workshop is all about you and your musical instinct – you will learn how it feels to improvise and let something new arise – together, playfully. Guided by two docents, you will try out musical forms from different European countries, make music with the musicians of those youth orchestras who are present and thereby actively learn about the great cultural diversity of music. Together with the workshop “European Chorus”, you will compose a new hymn of your own, to be performed on stage on our Family Day in a grand finale. Furthermore, you will plan a musical performance for this day – a chance for you to show all the things you have learned during this week.

This workshop requires some instrumental skills!

Age: 10-14 years
Time: 10-16 h
Location: Podewil Berlin, Klosterstraße 68, 10179 Berlin
Docent: Maximilian Guth and Daniel Seminara
For approx. 20 participants

Junior Festival: Workshop 3
Europe: Island of Sound

Does music work the same way all over the world? Why does music from elsewhere occasionally sound weird to our ears? And how might one big musical Europe sound? For five days, we embark upon a journey together. Accompanied by two docents, you will meet a composer, a journalist and an instrument maker, a set designer and a music and movement pedagogue. In a colourful, playful workshop full of experimentation, find creative answers to all these questions and build your own island of sound. The final result will be a big space where the visitors to our Family Day can experience your ideas.

Age: 6-10 years 
Time: 10-16 h
Location: Podewil Berlin, Klosterstraße 68, 10179 Berlin
Docent: Rebekka Gebert and Mara Scheibinger
For 20 participants 

Junior Festival: Workshop 4
Young Euro Classic Reporters

If you’ve always wanted to know what the life of a festival reporter looks like, this workshop is for you. Together with an experienced music journalist, you will get to know the festival from a different perspective: you will attend orchestra rehearsals, have fascinating conversations with the musicians, and will learn in writing workshops how these experiences can be put into words – and so you will produce features by young people for young people. You will accompany the festival’s events, but will also report on the junior festival and the grand finale, the Family Day. All your contributions will be collected in a special festival blog which documents your work beyond the festival. Don’t miss this chance!

Age: 12-16 years
Time: 10-16 h
Location: Podewil Berlin, Klosterstraße 68, 10179 Berlin
Docent: Julia Kaiser
For approx. 12 participants

Junior Festival: Workshop 5

Lea Philippa Heinrich

© Christina Körte

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.

Claas Krause

© Marc Wilhelm

Claas Krause studied musicology, jazz guitar and composition in Heidelberg, Hamburg, Munich and New York. As a composer, musician, producer and DJ, he writes acoustic and electronic works for formations ranging from string quartets to punk bands, from solo tuba to symphony orchestra. Together with Christopher Verworner, he led the Verworner-Krause-Kammerorchester (VKKO), with which he won the D-Bü Competition of the German Music Academies in the category “originality” in 2017. Claas Krause has held fellowships from Cité Des Arts Paris and the Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg, and has received commissions for compositions from the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Neukölln Opera. He also gives interactive music workshops in schools, kindergartens and family centres.

Docent Europe Multi-Media
Philip Seybold

© Frank Rottmann

Having studied German literature and theatre studies and held various assistant positions in the film and television fields, Philip Seybold (b. 1988) worked in the theatre (e.g. under Meg Stuart and Nicolas Stemann). During this time, he developed his own musical theatre projects and began experimenting with live video. Together with the chamber orchestra VerwornerKrauseKammerOrchester, he won the D-Bü Prize for provocation and innovation in Berlin in 2017. Since 2017 he has been living and working in Vienna; there, his theatre and film work has been presented at the musical theatre festival Wien Modern, among others.

Docent Europe Multi-Media
Defne Şahin

© Dovile Sermokas

Defne Şahin studied jazz vocals at the Berlin University of the Arts and at the Escola Superior de Musica in Barcelona.  In 2014 she received a Master of Music in vocal jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. As a jazz singer and composer, she has developed a musical idiom which reflects her life in different cultures and countries. Born and raised in Berlin, the young musician has lived in Turkey, Spain, Brazil and most recently in New York. Internationally, she has performed in numerous jazz clubs and at festivals. Both as a singer, band leader and composer, she has won the Studio Prize of Berlin’s Senate, the Popcamp award of the German Music Council and the Elsa Neumann Scholarship. Defne Şahin has led many children’s and adult choruses in Brazil, New York, Berlin and Potsdam. She has worked with the Sing! project of the Berlin Radio Chorus, the Academy of the Arts, the Manhattan School of Music and many church and school choirs. Defne Şahin currently lives in Berlin, where she teaches vocal jazz performance at the University of the Arts.


Docent European Chorus
Maximilian Guth

© Markus Wolter

Having completed his musical studies at the Institute for Junior Training at the Hanover Academy of Music, Theatre and Media (IFF) in 2009 with honours, Maximilian Guth studied music pedagogy with a focus on composition as well as protestant theology from 2010 to 2017. Since October 2017 he has been studying historical and contemporary composition at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin. Maximilian Guth has received national and international awards for his compositions (e.g. a First Prize at the international composition competition of the Hamburg Camerata). Since 2015 he has been the artistic director of the Camerata Medica in Göttingen. He has worked with renowned ensembles, e.g. ensemble recherche, Staatskapelle Halle, the ensemble Horizonte, the Sächsische Bläserphilharmonie and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. The particular focus of his artistic work is on intercultural dialogue, with an active interest in other musical cultures. Apart from the Camerata Medica in Göttingen, he has also been the founder, composer and artistic director of the intercultural and international Asambura Ensemble since 2014. Both ensembles have joined forces to give several performances of his intercultural oratorio MessiaSASAmbura.


Docent European Jam
Daniel Seminara

© Krystyna Bierek

Daniel Seminara was born in 1989 in Domodossola, Italy. In 2015, he completed his master’s degree with honors at the University of Music Theater and Media Hannover with Prof. Frank Bungarten and in 2018 Seminara obtained the Diploma in Discipline Musicali di II Livello at the Conservatorio “A. Boito “Parma completed. In addition he completed a bachelor’s degree in “Management for the Arts, Culture and Communication” at the Bocconi University of Milan. His artistic activity moves between old and contemporary music, with a special focus on chamber music and improvisation. As a guitarist, Daniel has undergone a wide variety of training in Italy and Germany, specializing in contemporary music, as well as premiering many works.Daniel is a successful winner of various competitions, e.g. 1st Prize at the Concorso di Stresa, 2nd prize at the Concorso Città di Voghera and 2nd prize at the Riviera della Versilia “D. Ridolfi”. Currently Daniel is a scholarship holder of the Fondazione Cini in Venice and an artist at Open Strings Berlin artist


Docent European Jam
Rebekka Gebert

© Tam Lan Truong

Docent Europe: Island of Sound
Mara Scheibinger

Mara Scheibinger trained as a women’s bespoke tailor and studied set and costume design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden with Barbara Ehnes, Kattrin Michel and Stefanie Wenner. During her studies at UQAM in Montreal, she created her first works for the theatre. She then worked as an assistant at the Frankfurt Opera and the Frankfurt Theatre. Since 2017 she has been a freelance set and costume designer. As part of the collective Emotional Labor Theater, she developed the piece Stollen. Work case scenario. Konferenztheater, which was performed in Dresden and Giessen. Most recently, she designed the sets and costumes for the world premiere of Mina at the Frankfurt Opera and the sets for Così fan tutte at the Aachen Theatre.


Docent Europe: Island of Sound
Julia Kaiser

© Nari Hong

Julia Kaiser is a freelance journalist specialized in culture and cultural education. She regularly works for Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Deutschlandfunk, WDR, SWR and others. Since 2015 she has taught music education in the postgraduate department at the Detmold Music Academy. She has been developing the project www.jungereporter.eu for many years. As part of these journalistic academies for young people, she passes on her experience as a journalist and her fascination with her profession to children, teenagers and young adults. Julia Kaiser regularly leads JungeReporter projects at numerous music festivals in Germany and abroad, including the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Hitzacker Summer Music Days and the Davos Festival for Young Artists, at Ultraschall Berlin, MaerzMusik and the Musikfest Berlin. For the initiative “Rhapsody in School”, she presented the project RhapsodyReporters in Berlin, at the Rügen Spring Festival and at the festival Spannungen in Heimbach. In 2019 she worked with young people at the festivals Ultraschall Berlin and ECLAT in Stuttgart.


Docent Young Euro Classic Reporters

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)

feat. Underground Youth Orchestra Athens and the Chamber Orchestra Julius Stern of the University of the Arts Berlin
July 27, 2019 20:00
Stefan Zierke

© Bundesregierung Jesco Denzel

Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Stefan Zierke was born in Prenzlau on December 5, 1970. After graduating from school, he first trained as a toolmaker and travel agent. He followed this extensive vocational training with further academic studies in the field of tourism. He subsequently was appointed managing director of the Uckermark Tourism Association and the Tourism Marketing Uckermark GmbH. After joining the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), he began his political career as a member of the party’s executive committee in Brandenburg. Since 2013 he has been a member of the German Parliament and served as spokesman of the Brandenburg State Group in the SPD’s Parliamentary Group. For several years, he served on the Committee on Transportation and Tourism of the German Parliament. He was also elected chairman of the association of East German states in the SPD Parliamentary Group. Since the beginning of the current legislation period, Stefan Zierke has been Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. Apart from his demanding political career, he volunteers widely. Stefan Zierke is married and has two children.

Patron of the Evening

Christoph Eschenbach

© Luca Piva

Active worldwide as a conductor and pianist, Christoph Eschenbach is indefatigable in his championing of young musical talents and has been awarded highest musical honours. Time and again, the pianist and conductor has rehearsed and performed fascinating programmes with the Festival Orchestra, whose chief conductor he has been since 2004 – their tours have regularly included Young Euro Classic. From 2010 to 2017 Eschenbach also served as the director of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. The 78-year-old continues to appear on all the world’s major concert stages. Starting in September 2019, he takes up the position of chief conductor of the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin. Last but not least, Eschenbach continues to perform as a piano soloist and in song recitals with the baritone Matthias Goerne. Christoph Eschenbach is a knight in the Légion d’honneur, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, bearer of the German Cross of Merit and winner of the Leonard Bernstein Prize. In 2015 the pianist and conductor was honoured with the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.



Nina Adlon

© Fotojaph.com

At the early age of 14, Nina Adlon completed her junior training at the Folkwang Academy in Essen, moving on to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and the Music Academies in Düsseldorf and Mainz. First engagements took the soprano to the Wiesbaden State Theatre, the Bonn Opera and the Salzburg Festival. In the leading roles of the operettas Die Fledermaus, Die lustige Witwe and Gräfin Mariza, Nina Adlon has also appeared in the USA. After a maternity break, the singer celebrated her comeback in 2017 in the solo roles in the Requiems of Brahms and Verdi. In 2019 she performs with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Boys’ Choir in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Fukushima and Vienna. The mother of six is married to the filmmaker Felix Adlon, one of the heirs of the Berlin hotelier Lorenz Adlon. In 2010 Nina Adlon played the role of the singer Anna von Mildenburg in the movie Mahler on the Couch, directed by Felix and Percy Adlon.


Stathis Karapanos

© Miroslava Dermendjieva

At the age of five, Stathis Karapanos decided to play the flute; at the age of six he was accepted for lessons at the Athens Conservatory. When he was nine, the family moved to Sofia, where Stathis continued his studies. At 16, he was accepted at the Karlsruhe Music Academy, where he graduated in July 2018 with honours. In the meantime, Stathis Karapanos has played with many ensembles in Germany and Greece, performing with such renowned conductors as Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph Poppen. In an ensemble with Martha Argerich, he participated in a performance of the Carnival of the Animals at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. His repertoire includes the major flute works by Vivaldi, Bach, Mercadante, Reinecke and Prokofiev, but also more unknown works of the 20th century by Schulhoff, Hindemith, Jolivet and Dutilleux. Furthermore, he plays different variants of his instrument, from the traverso to the soprano and contrabass flute.



Fil Liotis

Born in 1984, the Greek pianist Fil (Triantafyllos) Liotis began his piano studies thanks to a scholarship to the Thessaloniki State Conservatory, continuing them in Germany with Alfredo Perl (piano) and Manuel Lange (song accompaniment) at the Detmold Music Academy. He subsequently studied with Kalle Randalu in Karlsruhe, where he graduated with honours. In addition to his solo performances, Fil Liotis is in demand as a chamber music and lied pianist. He has been invited to perform at the Bach Days in Halle, the Thessaloniki Piano Festival, the Santorini Arts Factory and at major concert halls in Barcelona, Salzburg, Vienna, Bucharest and Athens. In 2015 Fil Liotis won an ECHO Classic Award with an ensemble of the Detmold Chamber Orchestra for their CD recording of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (in the chamber music version); in 2016 he was awarded the Albéniz Medal at the Festival Isaac Albéniz in Camprodon (Spain) for his interpretation of the piano suite Iberia.



Cantus Domus

© Joanna Scheffel

The concert choir Cantus Domus has made a name for itself far beyond the confines of Berlin during the 25 years since its founding, mainly because of its unusual concert concepts. Consisting of experienced amateur singers, the chorus performs in unusual places (thus it has sung Bach’s Mass in B Minor at the Kraftwerk Berlin and Honegger’s Le Roi David at the old Kindl brewery) and occasionally includes its audiences (e.g. in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Philharmonie). In addition, the ensemble, which is led by Rolf Sochaszewsky, appears in carefully staged projects. In recent years alone, Cantus Domus has performed – in varying sizes and formations – in five different countries, cooperating with about 30 orchestras, partner choruses and bands in more than 40 appearances. For example, it staged the world premiere of the choral opera Macbeth by Frank Schwemmer in 2016. Its most recent international encounters were with Wood River from New York, Vox Humana from Oslo and the Georgian choruses Shavnabada and Tutarchela.



Ralf Sochaczewsky

© Robert Lehmann

The conductor Ralf Sochaczewsky from Berlin studied conducting both at the Berlin University of the Arts (with Marc Piollet) and at the Music Academy Hanns Eisler (with Jörg-Peter Weigle and Rolf Reuter). Not only does he lead the chorus Cantus Domus, but also has close working relations with other ensembles, such as the Chorus of the Netherlands Radio, the Helsinki Chamber Chorus, the Choeur de Radio France and the RIAS Chamber Chorus. As an assistant conductor, Sochaczewsky works regularly with Vladimir Jurowski, for example for performances of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin. The conductor has proven his versatility by cooperating with pop formations such as Damien Rice, Stargaze and Andre de Ridder, Tocotronic, Julia Holter and Dillon. In addition, Sochaczewsky teaches choral conducting at the Music Academy Hanns Eisler.


Choral Preparer


Overture "The Creatures of Prometheus" Op. 43 (1801)


"Orpheus and Eurydice" (1762/74, excerpts)


“Zorbas Suite“ for Flute and Orchestra (arr. Achilleas Wastor and Stathis Karapanos, World Premiere)


"Greek Dances" (1931-1936)


Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C Minor Op. 80 (1808)

Family Day for Everyone
July 28, 2019 11:00 am
Discovering Instruments

How does it feel to hold a flute? What feeling does the deep sound of a bassoon create in your entire body? Can drums actually sound different? And why are oboists often so red in the face? With professional guidance, this day offers you the opportunity to discover different instruments and try them out.

at the Konzerthaus Berlin
Digital Loop/Sound/Arranging Station

Digitally produced music is all over – on the radio, on CDs and also in live concerts, for example when so-called “loop stations” are used. But how does one actually work with sounds and machines? During the Family Day, a sound engineer will help you experiment with different sounds and equipment at our Loop, Sound and Arranging Station.

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Hans die Wanze

With high levels of energy and joy, the band HANS DIE WANZE has been repackaging the most beautiful German and international children’s songs since 2015. In its sing-along and join-in programmes for children aged 3 and up, the band performs classic children’s songs in fresh, grooving and swinging variations, transposing cheerfully from major to minor keys and inviting children and adults alike on fun musical journeys through childhood favourites. HANS DIE WANZE was developed by Johanna von Kuczkowski, vocalist, bass player, narrator and puppeteer, and a musicologist and pedagogue by training. With fun, movement and inspiring music, the band’s theatre programmes tell the story of “Hans die Wanze” (Hans the Bug), challenging and developing children’s minds and musicality in an interactive, age-appropriate manner. Inspiring its audiences to join in, the band is a highlight at (family) festivities of all kinds. HANS DIE WANZE regularly features professional jazz musicians from Berlin in its programmes.

Johanna von Kuczkowski, vocals/double bass/moderator
Jonathan Robinson, guitar
Tobias Dettbarn, clarinet 

Interactive Children’s Concert
LouLou and the Elephant

The forest elf LouLou has discovered an elephant in her magic forest – what can he be doing there? In order to scare the elephant a bit, she shows off her loud opera voice – but to her surprise, the elephant thinks her voice is beautiful. After some initial careful attempts at making contact – the elf is small and graceful land the elephant is huge – the two become friends. Now the elephant wants to sing as beautifully as the forest elf. Do you think that will work?

As part of the 2019 PODIUM Festival Esslingen, this interactive children’s concert was developed by Duo LouLou, featuring works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Hugo Wolf and Henry Purcell. In small gyms, cosy corners and senior citizens’ residence, young and old listeners have followed the story – now it comes to the Konzerthaus as part of our big Family Day!

Duo LouLou: Lisa Ströckens, vocals, and Stephan Goldbach, double bass
Idea and concept: Anna Frost
Conceptual consultant: Wiebke Rademacher 

 a Production by PODIUM Esslingen
European Generation Chorus

In two workshops of the Junior Festival, the “European Chorus” and “European Jam”, participants will write their own hymn for the festival, and for Europe. This hymn can be rehearsed during our Family Day by people of all ages with professional guidance – a multi-generation chorus which will perform the hymn at the grand finale, with rich colours and sounds. Come sing with us!

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Performances and Exhibitions

Of course our Family Day will feature the results of the five workshop groups who have been busy for five days sharing music, thoughts and creativity. How does composing work? How can sounds, images and words be combined? What is the sound of Europe? And how do you interview a conductor or violinist? In performances, exhibitions and their own festival blog, participating children and teenagers show what they have learned.

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Lea Philippa Heinrich

© Christina Körte

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.

Aaron Dan

 In his homeland of Romania, Aaron Dan received his first piano and flute lessons and caused a stir when he won three competitions at the age of eleven, performing piano and flute concerti with symphony orchestra. He studied at the Berlin University of the Arts, at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris and at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin. As a soloist, chamber musician and presenter, Aaron Dan is in high demand; he is a founding member of the ensemble Berlin Counterpoint, with which he performs at numerous major concert halls in Europe, and has appeared as a soloist with the Philharmonie der Nationen, the Prussian Chamber Orchestra Prenzlau, the  Symphony Orchestra of the Oberbergischer Kreis, the Camerata Belgrade and the Orchestre de Flutes Français. In 2005 he won the First Prize and three Special Prizes at the international flute competition “The Winner of Belgrade” in Serbia. His work as a composer comprises chamber music, several choral works, the vocal symphony Im Anfang war das Wort (world premiere in Berlin in 2014), the children’s opera der kleine prinz and several pieces for children’s musical theatre as well as dozens of arrangements for his ensembles. In 2018 his alphabetic cycle on B-A-C-H was performed in three versions: as a septet (world premiere on Bach’s 333rd birthday in Berlin at Pianosalon Christophori), in a version for flute and string orchestra (world premiere October 3, 2018 in Ludwigsburg) and as a trio for flute, violin and piano. Aaron Dan lives as a freelance flutist and composer in Berlin with his family.


Flutist and Composer
Daniel Schellongowski


Daniel Schellongowski is a professional composer and music performer, based in Berlin. He creates immersive audio-visual realities that break traditional templates. His work is composed of organically interwoven entities that create associative spaces and sensitive stimuli.  Daniel studied contemporary composition (University of the Arts Berlin) and musicology (Humboldt University Berlin). Besides contemporary score writing for music ensembles, he produces music for theatre, opera and film and teaches electronic composing and music theory.


Artist, Loop-/Sound-/Arrangement-Station

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 joint initiative of KfW Bankengruppe and Young Euro Classic
August 4, 2019 20:00
Vasily Petrenko

© S. 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.



Miah Persson

© Monika Rittershaus

The Swedish soprano Miah Persson originally studied law and social studies before deciding to become a singer. Since her 1998 debut in Stockholm as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, she has performed at all the great opera houses, from Vienna to London and Paris to New York, at the Salzburg Festival, in Aix-en-Provence and Glyndebourne. Her repertoire ranges from Handel via Mozart and Strauss to Poulenc and Britten. A sought-after concert singer, she is often heard in Haydn’s oratorios, Mahler’s symphonies and the Brahms Requiem.


Theresa Kronthaler

© Tom Wagner

The mezzo-soprano Theresa Kronthaler is well-known in Berlin from her time as an ensemble member at the Komische Oper (2012-16). Here, she sang important roles of her fach, such as Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Today the singer, who was born in Würzburg and grew up in Rome, makes guest appearances on many stages: in Bremen as Carmen, at the Theater an der Wien as Eglantine in Weber’s Euryanthe and in Antwerp as The Lady in Hindemith’s Cardillac.



Norbert Ernst

© Michael Pöhn

Originally from Vienna, the tenor Norbert Ernst has long made an international name for himself in the German fach. For many seasons, he sang the role of Loge in Wagner‘s Rheingold at the Bayreuth Festival; in this role, the 41-year-old also makes his debut at the Met in New York this season. In addition, he sings not only the roles of David (Meistersinger) and Erik (Der fliegende Holländer), but recently celebrated successful debuts as Lohengrin and Florestan (Fidelio). His first solo CD with opera scenes by Beethoven, Weber and Wagner was released in 2016. 



Leon Kosavic

© Danijel Galic

The Croatian bass Leon Kosavic made his debut in the role of Papageno at the National Opera of Croatia in Zagreb at the age of only 20. In 2015 he first performed in Helsinki as Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale; in 2017 the singer made his debut as Don Giovanni in Stuttgart and as Ping in Puccini’s Turandot at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. This season, the 27-year-old Kosavic appears in Halévy’s La Juive in Antwerp, in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in Lausanne and as Figaro in Strasbourg.


Ernst Senff Chor

Two years ago, the Ernst Senff Chor celebrated its 50-year anniversary: since 1967 it has been a fixture of Berlin’s concert life. As a semi-professional ensemble able to vary between 20 and 120 singers, it is regularly engaged by many Berlin orchestras for joint projects. Its most recent projects have taken the chorus to the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Kunstfest Weimar, the Staatskapelle Halle and the Anhaltische Philharmonie in Dessau. Originally founded by Ernst Senff as a chamber chorus, today its repertoire focuses on large-scale symphonic literature of the 19th and 20th century, ranging from Beethoven via Mendelssohn, Berlioz and Brahms to Mahler, Schoenberg and Stravinsky. Numerous CD recordings document the chorus’s collaboration with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Carlo Maria Giulini and Riccardo Chailly. Since 2009 its artistic director has been Steffen Schubert. In January 2019 the Ernst Senff Chor won the International Classical Music Award in the category “Choral Works” for the best recording of the year, together with the Staatskapelle Weimar and conductor Kirill Karabits. 



Steffen Schubert

Originally from Kiel, Steffen Schubert studied conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts and in Bloomington, Indiana, before being appointed assistant to the chorus master Karl Kamper at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1992. Starting in 1995, Schubert worked for many years as a choral vocal coach at the Bayreuth Festival under Norbert Balatsch and Eberhard Friedrich. In 1998 he became chorus master and conductor at the Salzburg State Theatre. He also guest-conducted the chorus of the Zurich Opera and the choruses of the NDR and WDR. Since 2009 Schubert has been the artistic director of the Ernst Senff Chor, which he has prepared for many performances with Berlin’s leading orchestras, at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the Kunstfest Weimar. Schubert is also responsible for the chorus of the Berlin Opera Group, whose most recent performances at Berlin’s Konzerthaus included Puccini’s opera Edgar (2019) and Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco (2018). 

Chorus Master 


Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Op. 125 (1824)

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)

Four authors on lost hope and new perspectives.
August 6, 2019 18:00
Michal Hvorecky

© Nora Jakub

Michal Hrorecký, born in 1976, lives in Bratislava. Three of his novels and a novella have been published in German; Hvorecký regularly writes for the German newspapers Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Die ZEIT as well as numerous journals. In Slovakia, he is known as an advocate for freedom of the press and against anti-democratic developments. Hvorecký’s books have been translated into eleven languages. Hvorecký received the International Journalists’ Prize in Berlin in 2009, followed by the Tatra Banka Arts Award in 2010.



Saša Stanišić

© Katja Sämann

Saša Stanišić was born in Višegrad (Yugoslavia) in 1978 and has lived in Germany since 1992. His debut novel How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone was translated into 31 languages. With Before the Feast, Stanišić landed another hit; in Germany the novel was a SPIEGEL bestseller and won the prestigious Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair. In Germany, his collection of short stories Fallensteller received the Rheingau Literature Prize as well as the Schubart Literary Award. Saša Stanišić lives and works in Hamburg.


Tanja Maljartschuk

© Michael Schwarz

Tanja Maljartschuk was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, in 1983. She studied philology at the University of Ivano-Frankivsk and worked as a journalist in Kiev after graduating. In 2009 a collection of her short stories was published under the title Neunprozentiger Haushaltsessig, followed by her novel Biografie eines zufälligen Wunders in 2013 (published in English as A Biography of a Chance Miracle, 2018) and Von Hasen und anderen Europäern in 2014. In 2018 she received the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in Klagenfurt for her text Frösche im Meer (Frogs in the Sea). The author regularly writes columns for Deutsche Welle (Ukraine) and for Zeit online. She has lived in Vienna since 2011.


Jonas T. Bengtsson

© Robin Skjoldborg

Jonas T. Bengtsson, born in 1976, is the winner of the renowned Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize and the author of four novels. For Amina’s Letters (2005) he won the Danish Debut Novelist Prize. This was followed by Submarino (2007, adapted for film by Thomas Vinterberg) and Et eventyr (2013, published in English as A Fairy Tale). Jonas T. Bengtsson lives in Copenhagen.


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