Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie

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The past year was a very important one for the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie (DSP – German String Philharmonic): in 2023, it celebrated its 50-year anniversary, another reason it received the prestigious Würth Prize of Jeunesses Musicales. Its outstanding quality and unusual programmes have ensured the orchestra, which brings together young musicians aged eleven to 18, a fixed place in the music world. Founded in East Berlin by Helmut Koch in 1973 as the “Radio Music School Orchestra” of the GDR, and then continued after reunification from 1991 onwards as the “German Music School Orchestra”, before adopting its current name in 2004. The DSP’s partners include violinist Julia Fischer, the Dutch piano duo Arthur and Lucas Jussen and the German percussionist Alexej Gerassimez, a wanderer between classical music and jazz and recently the DSP’s artist in residence. Today as ever, the docents coaching the young instrumentalists are mainly members of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (RSB), ensuring the ensemble’s remarkably homogeneous string sound.

August 14, 2024 8 PM

Konzerthaus Berlin

Wolfgang Hentrich

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As chief conductor of the German String Philharmonic, Wolfgang Hentrich draws upon his many years of experience as an orchestral violinist. For almost three decades, the 58-year-old has held the position of first concertmaster of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra; before he was appointed to the same position at the Robert Schumann Philharmonic Orchestra in Chemnitz at the age of only 21. Following the model of the legendary Viennese concertmaster Willi Boskovsky, Hentrich conducted numerous New Year’s Concert with both orchestras since 1999. He also leads the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Dresden, holds an honorary professorship at the Dresden Music Academy and dedicates himself with particular enthusiasm to special programmes for children. Among his CD recordings, orchestral works by Johann Strauß, Mozart’s Violin Sonatas and the Violin Concerto by Kurt Schwaen and Ruth Zechlin stand out. In August 2013, Hentrich became Michael Sanderling’s successor as chief conductor of the German String Philharmonic.


Jess Gillam

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She was the first saxophone player ever to reach the final round of the competition BBC Young Musicians. She was also the youngest soloist ever to perform at the legendary Last Night of the Proms in London. Today, Jess Gillam is still only 25 and already presents her own weekly show on BBC’s Radio 3, “This Classical Life”, which has won several awards. In the words of The Times of London, she is “not just one of Britain’s most virtuosic instrumentalists, but also an unstuffy, inspiring personality”. Jess Gillam has long had an exclusive recording deal with the venerable label Decca Classics: in 2019, her first album Rise was released, followed by Time (2020). In general, the energy and adventurous spirit of the saxophone player with the striking ponytail seem to know no bounds: during the corona lockdowns, she formed her “Virtual Scratch Orchestra”, assembling 2,000 musicians of all ages from more than 30 countries via the internet.


Shir-Ran Yinon

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Partita for Strings (1944)


„Fairy Dust“ (2024) and „Furious“ (2023)


Concerto for Saxophone and String Orchestra in E-flat-major Op. 109 (1934)


„Brisk“ (World Premiere) 🏆


Chorale for Strings (2005)


Serenade for String Orchestra in C-Major Op. 48 (1880)

About the concert

Having just celebrated their ensemble’s 50-year anniversary in 2023, they finally return to Young Euro Classic after a hiatus: the young musicians of the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie (German String Philharmonic). Since its earliest days, the orchestra has been coached very successfully by members of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (RSB). This all-strings ensemble presents a multi-faceted and topical programme: it begins with a Partita by the Czech composer Gideon Klein, who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1945, and it does not end with the Saxophone Concerto by Alexander Glazunov, in which the English shooting-star Jess Gillam plays the solo part. Between them, there will be new works by Shir-Ran Yinon, who started out as a violinist with connections with the rock and heavy metal scene, but has long become a sought-after composer and arranger. Another current work was written by the Ukrainian composer Hanna Havryletz, who died in 2022. The crowning finale is the evergreen, mellifluous String Serenade by Piotr Tchaikovsky.


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