European Union Youth Orchestra

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Described by the EU commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as “the best possible ambassador for the European Union”, the EUYO 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 EUYO’s 3,000 alumni have all come through the Orchestra’s rigorous, annual audition process conducted in all (currently 28) EU Member States, and many are now notable conductors, soloists, teachers, and instrumentalists. The Orchestra has worked with many of the world’s greatest musicians including Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Herbert von Karajan, Mstislav Rostropovich and particularly its three Music Directors and current Chief Conductor: Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko. The EUYO has performed in most of the world’s major concert halls and festivals. From Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi, Moscow to Mumbai, Seoul to São Paulo, the Orchestra has appeared in more than two hundred venues across four Continents.

August 14, 2018 8 pm

Konzerthaus, Berlin

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
Gianandrea Noseda

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The Italian Gianandrea Noseda, born in Milan in 1964, is a sought-after conductor in the Old and New World alike. Since 2016 he has been chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC; he is also principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic. He regularly conducts the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic, appears in New York and Paris and leads orchestras with which he enjoys long-standing relationships, e.g. the BBC Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. As the music director of the Teatro Regio in Turin, a position Noseda has held since 2007, he has managed to secure a high artistic level and international attention for that institution. At the Met in New York, he has conducted operas such as Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Bizet’s Pearl Fishers and Borodin’s Prince Igor. His discography includes works ranging from Dvořák and Liszt to Casella, Respighi and Dallapiccola as well as Shostakovich and Prokofiev.

Seong-Jin Cho

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For the Korean Seong-Jin Cho, performing at the Konzerthaus is almost a home game – not only does he live in Berlin, but his record label, for which he most recently recorded a Debussy album commemorating the composer’s 100th birthday, is headquartered here. Otherwise, the 29-year-old pianist travels the world, performing the many concert dates which have come his way since he won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2015. Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, plus Paris, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Seoul and Tokyo – those are merely the most prominent stations on his calendar during the past year. He also celebrated an unexpected debut with the Berlin Philharmonic when he substituted for Lang Lang, whose arm had been injured. Born in Seoul in 1994, Seong-Jin Cho gave his first public concert at the age of 11, winning the 3rd Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the age of 17. He then went on to study with Michel Béroff in Paris, where he graduated in 2015.



“Fireworks” (2018, German Premiere)


Piano Concerto No. 2 in F-Minor Op. 21 (1830)


Symphony No. 5 in E-Minor Op. 64 (1888)

7 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Anne Kussmaul at the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free admission for ticket holders at 6:45 pm


Europe may be experiencing a crisis, but the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is a European success story which could hardly sound better! At Young Euro Classic, where the orchestra first performed in the millennium year 2000, it has reaped standing ovations regularly. No wonder, for the EUYO unites 120 outstanding young musicians from all the EU’s 28 member states. The greatest conductors have graced its podium: this year, the EUYO will be led by the internationally sought-after Gianandrea Noseda. They are joined by a first-class soloist in Chopin’s Piano Concerto, the Korean Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 2015 Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Programmatically, the EUYO is on a Slavic mission this year: the main work of the concert is Tchaikovsky’s wonderful Fifth Symphony, and the young Polish composer Agata Zubel opens the evening with the German premiere of her new work, promisingly entitled Fireworks.

“Fireworks” was commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the international cultural programme POLSKA 100 and the European Union Youth Orchestra as part of “2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage”.


The concert will be recorded by kulturradio vom rbb (USW 92.4 and Cable 95.35); it will be broadcast as part of the ARD Radio Festival on September 1, 2018 at 20:04.


The concert will be streamed LIVE and ON DEMAND on ARTE CONCERT:

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