Founded in 1969 by the German Music Council, the National Youth Orchestra of Germany (BJO) is Germany’s youngest leading orchestra and was “adopted” by the Berlin Philharmonic, its patron, in 2013. It is characterised by three elements: outstanding musical quality, infectious enthusiasm and not least its great interest in innovative programmes. The Young Euro Classic audience has had frequent opportunities to enjoy these qualities, as the orchestra has been an indispensable regular guest at the festival – thus when it accompanied the silent movie Nathan der Weise in 2010 or in cooperation with the National Youth Ballet. The young musicians aged 14 to 19 have to audition for their membership in the orchestra, where they are given the unique opportunity to work with world-famous conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sebastian Weigle and Kirill Petrenko. In addition to the great classical and romantic orchestra works, contemporary works are an essential part of the programmes. The BJO has long been one of Germany’s most important cultural ambassadors, as its most recent concert tours to Venezuela and Ecuador (2011), Tunisia (2014), the Baltic Sates, Rumania and China (2015) demonstrated.
Undersecretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Dr. Ralf Kleindiek (SPD) is known for his poised and unpretentious disposition. Since his appointment as Undersecretary of State at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth by the Federal Minister of Family Affairs Manuela Schwesig on January 8, 2014, he has represented the ministry with speeches on numerous podiums and platforms, winning general sympathy. Born in Hameln, Kleindiek studied law in Gießen and subsequently worked at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, in various positions at the Federal Ministry of Justice, and as a State Councilor at the Hamburg Authority for Justice and Equal Opportunities. His departure was unfortunate for Hamburg, but practical for him: the Undersecretary of State lives in Brandenburg with his family, so his commute became significantly shorter. In an interview with the Foundation for German-Russian Youth Exchange last year, he said: “Youth politics must be international; they depend on the mutual experience of young people in different countries.” Now if that isn’t the perfect attitude for a patron at the festival Young Euro Classic…
Born in New York City in 1980, the Mexican conductor received her early music education in Mexico before returning to the Manhattan School of Music at the age of 19, where she graduated with honours from the conducting class. At the early age of 23, Alondra de la Parra founded the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA) as a platform for young musical talents from all the Americas. On the occasion of the bicentennial of Mexico, she recorded the album Mi alma mexicana (“My Mexican Soul”) with the POA and also presented its repertoire with the orchestra in Mexico City before a live audience of more than 100.000 and many millions more via worldwide TV. The conductor also champions music education programmes at public schools throughout Mexico. Apart from her numerous performances in Central and South America, Alondra de la Parra was invited to conduct in Japan and China, by the Orchestre de Paris, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich. In Berlin, she has appeared several times on the podium of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin. In 2016 she takes on the position of chief conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Australia.
At the age of 36, Johannes Moser is one of the world’s best cellists. A student of David Geringas, he had his breakthrough in 2002, when he won the international Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Since then, he has appeared with leading orchestras on all continents; conductors he has worked with include Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons and Zubin Mehta as well as Christian Thielemann, Paavo Järvi and Gustavo Dudamel. One focus of his repertoire is contemporary music; Johannes Moser frequently performs on an electric cello, for which numerous works have been written specifically for him. These include Enrico Chapela’s Magnetar, which he premiered together with Gustavo Dudamel and his Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2012. Johannes Moser is particularly interested in young audiences, from kindergarten children to university students. Thus, most of his concert performances are linked with a school visit or master class.
Overture to “Coriolan” in C-Minor Op. 62 (1807)
“Magnetar”, Concerto for E-Cello and Orchestra (2011, German Premiere)
Overture to “Leonore” No. 3 in C-Major Op. 72 (1806)
“Horsepower Suite” (1926)
7 pm: Pre-concert Lecture with Dr. Dieter Rexroth in the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free for ticket holders (admission at 6:45 pm)
Viva Mexico! Not only the conductor at this year’s festival concert of the German National Youth Orchestra (BJO), Alondra de la Parra, is from Mexico, but the programme is also suffused with a strong Latin American flavour. The most spectacular work is the Concerto for Electric Cello and Orchestra which the Mexican composer Enrico Chapela wrote for the soloist of the orchestra’s concert at Young Euro Classic, the German master cellist Johannes Moser, in 2012. We also have chance to discover a Mexican classic of the 1930s, the electrifying suite from the ballet-symphony Caballos de vapor (“Horsepower”) by the national composer Carlos Chávez. These are juxtaposed with two German classical masterworks: the rousing overture for the tragedy Coriolan and the Leonora Overture No. 3, both by Ludwig van Beethoven.