Moritzburg Festival Orchestra

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Since its festival debut in 2008, the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra returns to Young Euro Classic this summer for its fifth performance. It last appeared at the Konzerthaus as part of Young Euro Classic in 2021. In 1996, a group of musicians led by cellist Jan Vogler founded the Moritzburg Festival, where concerts take place mainly at the baroque castle of Moritzburg near Dresden. Since 2006 the Moritzburg Festival Academy has been an essential part of the festival. Ever since, the Academy has established an outstanding reputation as an international, innovative and creative musical “workshop”. After demanding auditions, every year approximately 40 highly talented music students aged 16 to 26 are invited to Moritzburg. In addition to daily orchestral rehearsals with chief conductor Josep Caballé Domenech, the students work on a wide variety of chamber music; Mira Wang, violinist and Vogler’s wife, leads this programme.

August 18, 2024 8 PM

Konzerthaus Berlin

Josep Caballé Domenech

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The Catalan conductor Josep Caballé Domenech, born into a family of musicians in 1973, studied piano, percussion, violin and singing in his hometown of Barcelona before turning to conducting. Caballé Domenech has close ties to Germany; from 2013 to 2018, he was General Music Director at the Halle Opera House, where he presented a complete Ring of the Nibelung cycle in 2016. Guest concerts with the Halle Staatskapelle have also taken him to Berlin’s Konzerthaus. In addition, he has conducted a multitude of opera productions, both at the State Opera Berlin and the Komische Oper in Berlin as well as the opera houses in Naples, Lisbon and Beijing. He has been invited to conduct several German radio orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and renowned orchestras in Madrid, Stockholm, Zurich and Toulouse. Apart from being chief conductor of the Colorado Springs Orchestra, the Catalan has also been chief conductor of the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra since 2019.


Stefan Dohr

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The horn player Stefan Dohr from Berlin represents his instrument like few others: as a celebrated soloist, chamber musician and principal horn player of the Berlin Philharmonic (since 1993), he occupies a stellar place in the international horn landscape. Dohr’s virtuosity and adventurous spirit have moved many leading composers to dedicate new works to him, redefining the possibilities of his instrument. Examples include Toshio Hosokawa, whose horn concerto Moment of Blossoming was given its world premiere by Dohr with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle in 2011, Wolfgang Rihm, who wrote a horn concerto for him in 2014, as well as Jorge E. López (2009), Johannes Wallmann (2010), Dai Bo (2015) and Hans Abrahamsen (2020). Most recently, Dohr and the Berlin Philharmonic gave the world premiere of a new horn concerto by Jörg Widmann in the spring of 2024. Furthermore, the 58-year-old is an esteemed chamber music partner of artists including Ian Bostridge, Mark Padmore, Maurizio Pollini, Kirill Gerstein, Kolja Blacher and Guy Braunstein. He is a member of the Ensemble Vienna-Berlin and of the Philharmonic Octet Berlin.


Jan Vogler

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Born in East Berlin in 1964, Jan Vogler has been a presence on all the world’s important stages for three decades. The cellist, who lives in New York City today, has performed with all the important symphony orchestras in the USA as well as orchestras in London, Paris, Vienna and St. Petersburg. He has worked with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pappano, Thomas Hengelbrock, Manfred Honeck and Kent Nagano. Apart from his work as artistic director of the Dresden Music Festival and the Moritzburg Festival, Vogler also found time for the musical and literary project “Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends – New Worlds”, which he developed jointly with the American actor. As part of his long-established collaboration with the label Sony Classical, his most recent recordings were Three Continents, featuring cello concerti by Nico Muhly (USA), Sven Helbig (Germany) and Zhou Long (China) in 2020, followed by a recording of the Cello Concerti by Edouard Lalo and Enrique Casals. Jan Vogler plays the Stradivari cello “Castelbarco/Fau” of 1707.



Overture to “Così fan tutte” K. 588 (1790)


“Sound and Fury” (2019)


Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 1 in E-flat-major Op. 11 (1882-1883)


Romance for Cello in F-major Op. AV. 75 (1883)


“Score” (2020)


Symphony No. 35 “Haffner” in D-major K. 385 (1782)

About the concert

The trip from Moritzburg near Dresden to Berlin is not far – one of the reasons the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra likes appearing at Young Euro Classic. The Festival audience also knows the high-carat musical value of these appearances: handpicked musicians, first-rate soloists, intriguing programmes. And so it is this year too. Music by Mozart bookends the programme: first the overture to the opera Così fan tutte, and as the finale, the wonderful “Haffner” Symphony in D-major. The middle of each concert half features a contemporary composition: Sound and Fury by the acclaimed English composer Anna Clyne (2019) and Score by the American composer Jonathan Leshnoff (2020). Nor will there be a lack of prominent soloists: the cellist and founder of the orchestra Jan Vogler plays a true rarity by the young Richard Strauss, while the outstanding principal horn of the Berlin Philharmonic, Stefan Dohr, performs Strauss’ exuberant Horn Concerto No. 1.

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