The National Spanish Youth Orchestra – Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, or JONDE – has been one of the most popular guests at Young Euro Classic from the very beginning of the festival. Its high quality and infectious temperament have given the audience many unforgettable evenings. For the first time since 2018, the Spanish orchestra now returns to the Konzerthaus. A sub-department of the Spanish Ministry for Culture and Sports, the JONDE was founded in 1983; ever since, it has been conducted by numerous renowned conductors and worked with outstanding soloists, including Carlo Maria Giulini, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jesús Lopez Cobos, John Williams and Juan Diego Flórez, to name but a few. The orchestra members, aged 18 to 24, are selected through annuals that take place twice a year. The repertoire of the JONDE includes not only works of the classical and romantic eras as well as classical modernism, but has always had a special focus on contemporary music.
The Spanish conductor Jaime Martín already looked back upon a highly successful career as a flutist before he turned to conducting from 2013 onwards. Born in Santander in 1965, he became a member of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra JONDE at the age of 13. He was later appointed principal flutist of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His first position as a conductor was with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, with which he has since produced several CD recordings, including choral works and serenades by Johannes Brahms. Since the beginning of the 2019/20 season, the Spaniard has also been appointed chief conductor of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. Invitations as a guest conductor have taken Jaime Martín to the London Symphony Orchestra, the Sidney Symphony and Melbourne Symphony. He led the London Philharmonic Orchestra on an extensive concert tour of Europe in 2019.
Almost 30 years old, the Spaniard David Moliner pursues a two-track career: on the one hand he has made a name for himself as a percussionist, playing under conductors such as Simon Rattle, Peter Eötvös and Matthias Pintscher. He was also appointed professor of percussion at the ESMAR, the Valencia Music Academy, in 2019. His repertoire includes Bach arrangements just as well as works by Morton Feldman, John Cage and Vinko Globokar. At the same time, Moliner is in demand as a composer; his works have been performed by the National Orchestra of Spain, Klangforum Vienna, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Recherche, the Lucerne Festival Academy and various chamber music ensembles. Among the numerous awards he has received, the Composition Prize of the Berlin University of the Arts stands out, which commissioned Moliner’s orchestral work Estructura I in 2017. His works for solo instruments include III Piano Nocturnos, Solo for Vibraphone and Sinergy for solo flute (all 2017).
“Figuratio I” Concerto for Percussion (2020, German premiere)
“The Three-Cornered Hat” Suite No. 2 (1916-1921)
Symphony No. 1 in C-minor Op. 68 (1876)
7 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Daniela Becker at the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free admission with concert ticket
We’re celebrating. Celebrate with us! At the traditional AUDIENCE PARTY after the concert.
The quality of the Spanish Youth Orchestra is undisputed – it has proven its outstanding abilities at many Young Euro Classic concerts. The Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, or JONDE, not only commands an outstanding level of playing, but also brings a generous portion of Iberian temperament and passion to the Konzerthaus in Berlin. Both will be useful once again, for Johannes Brahms’ First Symphony is an unwieldy musical rock to climb, reflecting the many years of struggle during which the composer tried to prove a worthy heir to Beethoven. Lighter fare follows: the suite from Manuel de Falla’s popular ballet The Three-Cornered Hat, a sparkling portrayal of Spanish love and joie de vivre. The JONDE has always placed a special emphasis on contemporary music: this time, the Spanish orchestra presents a newly commissioned Percussion Concerto by David Moliner, who plays the solo part himself.