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 24 years old and come together regularly to work with OCP musicians and international guest artists. 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 (as did the Portuguese work by Mariana Vieira in 2017) and in which the soloists’ ensemble was a group of people with handicaps.
“Factually competent, analytically critical, clearly expressive,” the Medium Magazin described him when naming him “Journalist of the Year” in 2012. For many years, Krause was the face of Brussels on the ARD channels. For 20 years he reported from Europe’s capital. Now he is a true Berliner. Krause, born in Lüneburg, began his career as a reporter for newspapers, joined the WDR in Düsseldorf in 1982 and became the ARD Correspondent in Bonn from 1985 to 1990. In 1990 he finally landed where he belonged: in Brussels. With refreshing openness, he recounts: “At the time, I had no particular views on the European Community. I was simply young and curious.” After an intermezzo as a Deputy Studio Director in Bonn and Head of Programming for the WDR TV in Cologne in 2000, Brussel welcomed him back in 2001 – for 15 years, the rest of his professional life. Today he does not miss television, but Europe has not let him go: he occasionally works as an advisor and speaker on European affairs.
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 as well as film and theatrical music, develops percussion accessories and has recorded numerous prize-winning CDs.
The Orquestra dos Navegadores – Oeiras was founded in 2019 by the Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa (OCP) and financed by the Municipality of Oeiras. The orchestra is made up of socio-economically disadvantaged children between the ages of 6 and 14. The children come together bi-weekly at their schools and at the orchestra’s headquarters in Algés (Oeiras). Together, they learn to establish bonds with professional artists and musicians, developing their musical skills in an inclusive multidisciplinary environment. Improvisation, extended techniques, singing, body awareness, movement, poetry, theatre and making new instruments from sustainable materials are some of the skills developed by these young musicians. The orchestra has performed in various venues in the region and the small group of children representing the ensemble can’t wait to travel abroad for the first time in their lives to meet their audience at Young Euro Classic!
The composer Marta Domingues, aged 22, is currently completing a Master’s degree in composition at the Lisbon Music Academy, with Jaime Reis and Annette Vande Gorne. At the early age of 17, she won the Prize for Young Creators in Portugal in the music category. Marta Domingues is a member of the production team of the Festival DME (Dias de Música Electroacustica). Her music has been presented internationally in Belfast (UK), Brussels (Belgium), Monaco and Mexico. In 2020, her acousmatic piece “Yliathim” was published by Influx/Musiques et Recherches (Belgium).
”The Presentation of Chaos” from ”The Creation” Hob. XXI:2 (1796-98)
"How To Plant A Sound" (world premiere) 🏆
Symphony No. 9 in D-minor WAB 109 (1887-96)
About the concert
The Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa (JOP), the National Youth Orchestra of Portugal, is a name that resounds with Young Euro Classic audiences. Not only because the young musicians from the extreme west of Europe have such musical qualities, but also because the programmes chosen by conductor Pedro Carneiro are always well-thought-out and intriguing. The red thread running through this one is the multi-faceted theme of “Beginning – Creation – Development – End”. In musical terms, this means that the Portuguese musicians begin with the grandiose opening of Haydn’s oratorio The Creation, describing the chaos before God’s acts of creation. Then there is a brand-new piece by the 22-year-old composer Marta Domingues, which responds to Haydn and features several young people from the Orquestra dos Navegadores, one of JOP’s outstanding social projects, as soloists. The orchestra then takes a huge leap to Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony – his last, unfinished work, which is nothing but his musical testament. This concert will have no shortage of musical delight, but it will also deliver plenty of food for thought and reflection!
The concert will be streamed LIVE on ARTE CONCERT and will be available afterwards in the media library: arteconcert.com.