The Polska Orkiestra Sinfonia Iuventus returns to the festival Young Euro Classic for the third time, after previous appearances in 2011 and 2013. The ensemble was founded in 2007 at the initiative of the Polish Ministry of Culture, which also supports it conceptually and financially. More than 70 young musicians under the age of 30 – graduates and students of Polish music academies – gather their first semi-professional experiences in orchestral playing here. Invitations have taken the orchestra not only to many European countries, but also to China. It has done ground-breaking work with the leading Polish conductors, such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Gabriel Chmura, Antoni Wit and Andrej Boreyko. Among its CD productions, works by Polish composers such as Wieniawski, Paderewski and Penderecki stand out. The performance of the opera Moses by Anton Rubinstein under Michail Jurowski in 2018 won the orchestra international acclaim. On the occasion of its ten-year anniversary, the Sinfonia Iuventus added the name of its founding conductor, Jerzy Semkov, to its own name.
The young Polish conductor Jakub Chrenowicz, a graduate of the Ignazy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznań, began his professional career at the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010. Further studies took him to the conservatories in Frankfurt am Main and Warsaw; since the 2017/18 season, Chrenowicz has been Chief Conductor of the Koszalin Philharmonic. He has been invited to conduct the major radio orchestras in Poland, but also by the Symphony Orchestras in Poznań, Łódź and Cracow, by the Sinfonia Varsovia and the Sinfonietta Cracovia. Chrenowicz has also made a name for himself as a ballet conductor, leading works such as Stravinsky’s Sacre du printemps, Leon Minkus’ Don Quichotte and Leo Delibes’ Coppélia. In 2011 the conductor made his debut at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, where he conducted Stanisław Moniuszko’s national opera The Haunted Manor, among other works.
Symphony No. 6 in F Major Op. 68 "Pastoral" (1808)
Toccata for Small Orchestra (1947)
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor Op. 67 (1808)
7 pm Pre-Concert Talk with Dieter Rexroth at the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free admission with concert ticket
Our Polish neighbours perform the opening night concert of Young Euro Classic this year. Under the baton of the young conductor Jakub Chrenowicz, the Polski Orkiestra Sinfonia Iuventus, the national youth orchestra of Poland, which has already appeared twice in Berlin, offers a rousing start to the festival’s great Beethoven focus in 2019. Before the intermission, it performs the Symphony in F-major with the epithet “The Pastoral”; before the intermission, there is the wonderful Symphony in C-minor, the Fifth – a combination of contrasts which already delighted the audience when both works were given their very first performance together in Vienna in 1808. They show off the many facets of Beethoven as a great symphonic composer: from dramatic to lyrical, painting thunder, storms and murmuring brooks with a musical palette – and invariably exciting, surprising and touching.