After its successful appearances at Young Euro Classic in 2015, 2017 and 2019, the Portuguese youth orchestra Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa – JOP – now returns to Berlin’s Konzerthaus for a fourth time. Founded and financed by the Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa (OCP), JOP has developed since its founding in 2010 from a chamber orchestra with 20 strings into a full symphony orchestra with over 80 musicians. They are between 14 and 23 years old and come together for two rehearsal and concert periods a year, around Easter and in the summer. Master classes and concerts take place regularly all over Portugal; the orchestra also engages in social projects with its young orchestra musicians, for example the integrational work Alcance | Reach by João Godinho, which won the European Composers Award at Young Euro Classic in 2019 and in which the soloists’ ensemble was a group of people with handicaps.
The Portuguese conductor Pedro Carneiro, born in the capital of Lisbon in 1975, has pursued a double career in music. On the one hand, he is an internationally celebrated percussionist who performs at all the major concert halls between the USA, Japan and Australia. More than 100 world premieres demonstrate his special position as a member of the musical avant-garde, as do his collaborations with the Arditti Quartet, the Tokyo String Quartet and the Chilingirian Quartet. The percussionist has a special love for improvisation, often in combination with live electronics or other innovative technologies. On the other hand, Carneiro has launched a career as a conductor during recent years. The Portuguese Chamber Orchestra (Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa) was founded at his initiative and has its own concert series at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon. Not least, the Portuguese multi-talent composes orchestral and chamber music and directs the percussion festival “Bang Crash Splash!” in Lisbon.
New Work (World premiere)
Symphony No. 9 in E-flat-major Op. 70 (1944/45)
Symphony No. 9 in D-minor WAB 109 (1887-1896)
7 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Daniela Becker at the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free admission with concert ticket
Think Big – thus might have been the motto of the Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa when choosing this year’s concert programme. The young musicians from the Southwest of Europe and their ambitious chief conductor Pedro Carneiro demonstrate that they are not afraid of grand symphonic repertoire – so they serve a double dose of it. After the profound impression the Portuguese orchestra made last year with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, this is something to look forward to! Before the interval, JOP delves into Dmitri Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony of 1945, in which the composer revealed the expectations of party and state after the victory in World War II as absurd. Anton Bruckner’s Ninth, however, is another calibre: an unfinished swan song for music, ending with a moving adagio. Old composer, young musicians – this combination is sure to set sparks flying!