European Union Youth Orchestra

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Described by the Guardian as having “gripping, exhilaratingly good orchestral playing, surging with energy, laser-sharp focus and collective daring… [and] a technical prowess that is downright terrifying”, it has provided an exceptional bridge between music colleges and the professional music world for generations of Europe’s finest musicians since its foundation in 1976. The Orchestra has worked with many of the world’s greatest musicians including Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, and particularly its three Music Directors and current Chief Conductor: founding Music Director Claudio Abbado, former Music Director Vladimir Ashkenazy, former Music Director and current Conductor Laureate Bernard Haitink, and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko. The EUYO’s 3,000 alumni have all come through the Orchestra’s rigorous, annual audition process conducted in all EU Member States, and many are now notable conductors, soloists, teachers, and instrumentalists working with major orchestras in the world, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In conjunction with Brexit, the orchestra relocated from London to Ferrara, Italy in 2018. In 2019 EUYO’s three-day residency at Young Euro Classic, including a live broadcast of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony onto Gendarmenmarkt with a total of 7000 viewers, was a particular highlight of the festival.

August 10, 2020 20:00

Konzerthaus, Berlin

Gianandrea Noseda

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The positions currently occupied by the Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda are highly visible: the main focus of the 56-year-old native of Milan is as chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, while he is also principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic, as well as chief conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués and artistic director of the Stresa Festival in Italy. In July 2018 the Zurich Opera also appointed him its general music director, starting in 2021. These positions are flanked by performances with leading orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic. As an opera conductor, Noseda has also made an outstanding name for himself, not only during his time as music director at the Teatro Regio in Turin (2007-18). His rich and varied discography ranges from Dvořák and Liszt to Casella, Respighi and Dallapiccola as well as Shostakovich and Prokofiev. He has also recorded opera albums with Anna Netrebko, Diana Damrau, Ildebrando d’Arcangelo and Rolando Villazón.


Renaud Capuçon

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The French violinist Renaud Capuçon is among the elite of his profession, performing on all the important concert stages in Europe, the Americas and Asia. In Berlin alone, he has played with the Berlin Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink, the Deutsches Symphonieorchester under Robin Ticciati and with the Staatskapelle Berlin under Antonio Pappano. One of his most important mentors was Claudio Abbado, who made the violinist concertmaster of his Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in 1998. Among the 44-year-old violinist’s chamber music partners are not only his brother, cellist Gautier Capuçon, but also pianists Martha Argerich and Katia Buniatishvili and cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Mischa Maisky. In May 2018 he performed the complete violin sonatas by Mozart at the Pierre Boulez Saal together with pianist Kit Armstrong. Together with Frank Braley, Capuçon has recorded Beethoven’s ten violin sonatas; he was also pivotal in a recording of Fauré’s complete chamber music. Among his most recent CD productions are contemporary works by Rihm, Dusapin and Mantovani. He plays the Guarneri del Gesù “Panette” (1737) formerly owned by Isaac Stern.



New Work (World premiere commissioned by the European Broadcasting Union)


"Poème" in E-flat-major Op. 25 (1896)


"Tzigane" Concert Rhapsody (1924)


Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 (1830-1832)

7 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Dieter Rexroth at the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free admission with concert ticket


This is sure to be the crowning finale of Young Euro Classic 2020! After the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), which unites musicians from all the EU member states, roused the entire Gendarmenmarkt in a spectacular performance of Beethoven’s Ninth in 2019, this year the performance remains within the Konzerthaus. The programme, however, is no less exquisite and promises plenty of brilliance and refinement. The central piece is the Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz, a sweeping orchestral spectacle between delirious love and witches’ Sabbaths. Add to this two very different examples of the French high art of violin-playing, the elegiac Poème by Ernest Chausson and the breath-taking Tzigane by Maurice Ravel – performed by the exceptional French violinist Renaud Capuçon. The programme also includes a highly topical element: as Great Britain leaves the EU, the British composer Hannah Kendall has been commissioned by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to write a brand-new orchestral piece for EUYO, which thus offers the last world premiere of this year’s festival.

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