Nationaal Jeugdorkest

The National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (Nationaal Jeugdorkest or NJO) is part of the extensive musical organization dedicated to supporting musical talent in various genres, from a baroque orchestra to an opera company. Its members are students at conservatories in the Netherlands aged 18 to 26. The highlight of its many activities every year is the NJO Music Summer in Gelderland, which also features the Symphony Orchestra in numerous performances before it embarks upon an international tour. The NJO’s winter tour, on the other hand, is reserved for concerts in the most important cities of the Netherlands. The conductor Antony Hermus, with whom the NJO has appeared previously at Young Euro Classic, is the current artistic advisor and principal guest conductor. Prominent guest conductors have included Philippe Herreweghe, Jaap van Zweden, Iván Fischer and Oliver Knussen. Furthermore, renowned composers such as Steve Reich, John Adams, Kaaja Saariaho and Wolfgang Rihm have been the NJO’s Composers in Residence.

www.njo.nl

Netherlands
August 15, 2024 8 PM

Konzerthaus Berlin

Antony Hermus

© Marco Borggreve

Much of the career of the Dutch conductor Antony Hermus has taken place in Germany. During his six years as General Music Director at the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau (2009-15) he called attention to the opera house not only by producing a complete Wagner Ring, but also by open-air and Twitter concerts. Guest engagements have taken the 50-year-old to the most important symphony orchestras of the Netherlands, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra London, to Melbourne and Seoul. Since the 2022/23 season, Hermus has been chief conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra in Brussels; he has also conducted all the important Dutch symphony orchestras, including the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Residentie Orkest and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. His discography also reflects his artistic curiosity. After recording works by August Klughardt with the Anhaltinische Philharmonie Dessau, Hermus recorded compositions by the late romantics Alphons Diepenbrock and Siegmund von Hausegger with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. 2019 also saw the release of a CD of Violin Concerti by Eduard Lassen, Rued Langgaard and Philipp Scharwenka.

www.antonyhermus.com

Conductor

Boris Giltburg

© Sasha Gusov

While still living in the Soviet Union, the young Boris Giltburg received his first piano lessons from his mother, later continuing his education in Israel. Today, the 40-year-old is one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation and has performed with renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Neeme Järvi, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. As a soloist, Giltburg has repeatedly chosen focuses for his work: for the 2020 Beethoven Year, he recorded all 32 Piano Sonatas on audio and video; he also played all five Piano Concerti with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko. From 2021 to 2023, Giltburg dedicated himself to Maurice Ravel’s complete solo piano works, which he performed at Bozar in Brussels, at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam and at London’s Wigmore Hall. In 2023, he also dedicated a large part of his time to Sergei Rachmaninov’s piano works, on the occasion of the composer’s 150th birthday. Boris Giltburg also writes a blog called “Classical music for all” and contributes articles to British and German music journals.

www.borisgiltburg.com

Piano

Joey Roukens

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The Dutch composer Joey Roukens, born in 1982, has developed into one of the most interesting composers in the Netherlands after completing his studies at the University of Leiden in 2006. Almost all the important ensembles in the Netherlands have performed his works; apart from the large-scale cantata Rising Phenix (2014), the Violin Concerto (2015) and the orchestral work Morphic Waves (2015), an outstanding composition is Boundless (2016), commissioned by the Concertgebouw Orkest to commemorate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. For the piano duo Artur and Lucas Jussen, Roukens composed the double concert In Unison. In his works, the Dutchman seeks to combine very different styles – from Stravinsky and Ravel to Mahler and Sibelius, the rhythms of US-style minimalism and the clarity of renaissance polyphony, not to mention jazz and pop. With the work Distorted Fantasie (after J. P. Sweelinck), Roukens commemorated the 400th birthday of his compatriot Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck in 2021.

www.joeyroukens.com

Composer (Competition entry European Composition Award 2024)

JOEY ROUKENS

“Night Flight” (2021, German Premiere) 🏆

SERGEY RACHMANINOV

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G-minor Op. 40 (1926)

IGOR STRAVINSKY

“Petrouchka” (1947)

About the concert

The National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands – NJO – looks back on almost 70 years of history. It has demonstrated its outstanding artistic quality many times at Young Euro Classic. After all, the rich musical tradition of the Netherlands is combined here with purposeful training for young musicians – with rich rewards. The NJO need not fear a highly virtuosic orchestral work such as Igor Stravinsky’s ballet suite Petrouchka, a colourful, breath-taking composition that gives all sections of the orchestra opportunities to shine. The solo work is also by an exiled Russian, Sergei Rachmaninov, who contemplated his life and lost homeland in his rarely-performed Piano Concerto No. 4. Here, the multi-award-winning pianist Boris Giltburg will be the virtuoso ruling the 88 keys of the piano. Last, but not least, the orchestra from the Netherlands also brings a contemporary work to Berlin: Night Flight, written in 2021 by the Dutch composer Joey Roukens.

Broadcast

The concert will be recorded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and broadcast nationwide – on the radio, online and in the Dlf Audiothek app.

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