German-French Junior Academy
Fayçal Karoui is a French conductor of extraordinary versatility and activism. Bringing the Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn (OPPB) to the level of top French orchestras is one of his achievements. His collaboration with the New York City Ballet was critically acclaimed. In 2015 the French Cultural Minister made him a “Chevalier des Arts et Lettres”. Together with the Philharmonie de Paris, he initiated “El Camino Pau”, a music school for children which particularly supports children from socially disadvantaged quarters.
As music director of the OPPB, Fayçal Karoui offers “Artist in residence” programmes for important French composers. He has developed projects that aim to enable as many people as possible to gain access to music. He has conducted renowned orchestras in Italy and Austria as well as France, including the Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Vienna Philharmonic.
Stefan R. Kelber enjoyed a multi-faceted music education. He has played the violin since he was seven, first in Rio de Janeiro, then from 1995 at the Cologne Music Academy’s Wuppertal department. He then studied music pedagogy. In 2004 he began studying viola at the Cologne Music Academy’s Wuppertal department, completing it with distinction. Stefan Kelber also took conducting lessons from Stefan Fraas, Andreas Weiss and Manfred Fabricius. Before the Music School Neukölln appointed him its associate director, Stefan Kelber was a member and guest conductor of several ensembles, such as the Rio de Janeiro Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic of Southern Westphalia, the South-Western Philharmonic in Konstanz, the Vogtland Philharmonie, the Tagiev Youth Orchestra in Brisbane, the Orquesta Joven del Ecuador and the Orquesta Juvenil de Santa Cruz. At the moment Stefan Kelber conducts the Schloss Britz Chamber Orchestra and the Schwerin Youth Symphony Orchestra.
The Music School Paul Hindemith Neukölln was founded in 1927 and is one of the three oldest music schools in Germany. Paul Hindemith, one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, joined its faculty in 1929. In 2002 the school was named for him. More than 200 teachers instruct more than 4,000 students in 14 subjects here. The Music School is at pains to employ highly qualified staff; many of its teachers are renowned artists and also teach as docents and professors at music academies. The Music School considers it its foremost goal to enable everyone to discover the many facets of music, regardless of background. The goal is to accompany and support joyful, shared music-making. Not only in the field of classical music, but also in jazz, musical, rock/pop and world music, the institution brings people from all corners of society together. “We look forward to the project Young Euro Classic 2021 – in Neukölln as well.”
The Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, or OPPB, is a young French orchestra conducted by Fayçal Karoui. The OPPB was founded in 2002 and pursues an ambitious cultural and artistic goal: to give classical music in the southern region of Aquitaine the place its deserves, giving people of all walks of life access to musical events. Since its founding, the OPPB has brought great international soloists together with young talents – for an audience accustomed to classical concert halls and their world, but also for concertgoers who are less familiar with symphonic music. “Bringing music everywhere it can be heard” is the continuous goal of the team from Pau.
El Camino – Youth Orchestra
In partnership with Démos-Philharmonie from Paris, El Camino runs a joint project for Southern Aquitaine in Pau: founded in October 2015, the youth orchestra “El Camino Pau” is led by Fayçal Karoui.
„La Marseillaise“ (1792) (French National Anthem)
Theme from the String Quartet in C-major Op. 76 No. 3 “Emperor Quartet” (1796/97) (German National Anthem)
Suite of French Dances after Pierre D’Attaignant (1948)
„Carmen” (Excerpts, 1875)
„The Great Gate of Kiev“ from „Pictures at an Exhibition” (1874, instr. Maurice Ravel 1924)
„James Bond” Theme (1962)
„Game of Thrones” Theme (2011)
„He’s a pirate” from „Pirates of the Caribbean“ (2003)
„Ode to Joy” from the Symphony No. 9 in D-minor Op. 125 (1824) (European Anthem)
Witness what happens when music students from Neukölln meet colleagues from Pau in France: during the two-week German-French Junior Academy they will rehearse works by Paul Hindemith, Georges Bizet and many other composers. Look forward to a matinee concert featuring the themes from “James Bond” and “Game of Thrones”!
Tickets: 5 Euro – Children up to the age of 10 free
In cooperation with the Musikschule Paul Hindemith Berlin-Neukölln and OPPB-El Camino.