Since its founding in 1982 the national French youth orchestra, the Orchestre Français des Jeunes (OFJ), has developed into one of the world’s best youth orchestras. The audience at Young Euro Classic, where the orchestra last performed in 2012 and 2014, has enjoyed the great quality of the young musicians many times – often under its long-time chief conductor, Dennis Russell Davies. The 100 orchestra members come together several times a year for working phases at the OFJ’s home, the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, where they are coached by docents from the leading orchestras of France. The summer working phase also features special workshops with theatrical and other artists, in order to help the young musicians develop new perspectives through exchange with colleagues and the audience. Since 2015 the chief conductor of the Orchestra Français des Jeunes has been the American David Zinman.
The American conductor David Zinman is a perfect example for the fact that one can tackle new experiences and challenges even at an advanced age: this year, he turns 80 – and has only been the new chief conductor of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes since 2015. In addition he regularly conducts all over Europe and the USA; this season his performance schedule includes renowned orchestras in Los Angeles, Chicago and Montréal, in Scandinavia and the Orchestre de Paris. Zinman regularly appears in Berlin as a guest conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester. The conductor maintains a special relationship with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, whose chief conductor he was for 19 years, from 1995 to 2014. A box set of 50 CDs, recently released, documents the conductor’s broad repertoire, from classical works to the complete orchestral oeuvres of Strauss and Mahler. His Beethoven cycle with the Tonhalle Orchestra won multiple awards. Another focus of his activities is on American composers, such as Bernstein, Michael Torke, Ferde Grofe, Gershwin and Barber.
At the age of 34, the French cellist Gautier Capuçon is one of the world’s most sought-after soloists and is regularly invited by the world’s most prestigious orchestras. The list of conductors he has collaborated with ranges from Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel and Charles Dutoit to Christoph Eschenbach, Bernard Haitink and Andris Nelsons. At the same time, Capuçon, who plays a valuable cello built by Goffriller in 1701, is an enthusiastic chamber musician who performs not only with his brother, the violinist Renaud, but also with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Artemis Quartet. His CD recordings also reflect his broad range of interests. In addition to the great solo concertos, he has recorded works by Prokofiev, Britten, Carter and most recently Beethoven’s complete cello sonatas. Together with the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Capuçon founded a “classe d’excellence” in Paris in 2014, where he provides intensive training for young cellists over an extended period.
„Marche écossaise” (1891/1908)
“Tout un monde lointain…” Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1970)
Symphony No. 3 in A-Minor Op. 44 (1935)
7 pm: Pre-concert Lecture in the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free for ticket holders (admission at 6:45 pm)
A beautiful sound, great enthusiasm and most of all, an outstanding level of musicality: the qualities of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes (OFJ) need hardly be praised in Berlin anymore. The French musicians have proven these qualities at Young Euro Classic often enough – most recently in 2012 and 2014 – at the Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie. Now they return with their new chief conductor, the experienced David Zinman, and a programme that is more than unusual: in its sophisticated sound, the cello concerto Tout un monde lointain by Henri Dutilleux, a classical modernist, seems entirely French; the solo part will be performed by the great cellist Gautier Capuçon. The OFJ also presents a symphonic highlight, Sergey Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 3, one of the Russian composer’s late works which masterfully combines melancholy and infectious vitality.
The concert will be recorded and broadcast nationally by Deutschlandradio Kultur. The date of the broadcast is September 04, 2016, 20:03-22:00. In Berlin via UKW 89.6, DAB+ and cable.
This concert will be broadcast via live stream on ARTE Concert and will be available online for 30 days. A production by EuroArts Music and ZDF in cooperation with ARTE.