The Tbilisi Youth Orchestra is a very young orchestra: only last year, the TYO was founded by the Georgian composer Mikheil Mdinaradze and the conductor Mirian Khukhunaishvili. Its goal is to organize intensive rehearsal periods with professional teachers and soloists, increasing its participants’ knowledge of the classical European music tradition, but also devoting special attention to contemporary music. Even in its first year, the Tbilisi Youth Orchestra has given ten concerts; thus it organized the festival “Mozartomania” and performed three concerts with Georgian soloists in this context. Furthermore, the British Council in Georgia enabled the orchestra to give a joint performance with the British composer and performer Anna Meredith and her band as part of her project Varmints.
The Georgian conductor Mirian Khukhunaishvili began his musical training at the Tbilisi State Conservatory, supported by several scholarships from the President of Georgia and the Ministry of Culture. Starting in 2012, Khukhunaishvili continued his studies at the Cracow Music Academy in Poland. The conductor has appeared with all the major ensembles of his country, including the National Philharmonic of Georgia, the Tbilisi State Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra of the Tbilisi Opera. In doing so, he worked with renowned Georgian artists such as Eliso Virsaladze, Paata Burchuladze, Nino Machaidze and Nino Surguladze. This spring, the 30-year-old conductor made his debut at Vienna’s Musikverein. In 2019Mirian Khukhunaishvili founded the Tbilisi Youth Orchestra; he is also the artistic director of the Classic Open Air Festival in Tbilisi and of the “Alter Orchestra”, which he also founded.
Born in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, in 1991, Luka Okros received his first piano lessons at the age of four and gave his first concert at the age of five. Later, he studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and then at the London Royal College of Music. Okros won first prizes at the International Piano Competition in Hong Kong (2016) and the International Chopin Competition in Hanover (2017) as well as the FAZ Audience Award at the German Piano Competition in 2019. Today, the 29-year-old pianist lives in London; concert invitations have taken him to more than 40 countries, including performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Vienna Konzerthaus as well as the Liszt Academy in Budapest. This season, he performs numerous concerts in Great Britain as well as in Estonia, Finland, Spain, Switzerland and in Hong Kong. On his CD recordings, he dedicates himself to piano works by Schumann and Chopin; he has also recorded a CD with his own compositions.
Concerto for String Orchestra (1948)
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G-major Op. 58 (1805-06)
“A Little Daneliade” (2000)
“Toy Stories” (2020, German premiere)
7 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Dieter Rexroth at the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free admission with concert ticket
A festival programme for curious ears! When the Tbilisi Youth Orchestra, founded only last year, presents itself at Young Euro Classic for the first time, a glance at the selection of works alone promises a multi-faceted evening. Of course the young Georgians will play a work by their country’s greatest composer, Giya Kancheli, who passed away in 2019: the original arrangement of his film score A Little Daneliade of 2000. And of course they pay homage to the much-celebrated composer of the year, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. In addition, however, the concert opens with the Concerto for String Orchestra by the Polish violinist and composer Grażyna Bacewicz, a modernist classic only too rarely performed – and it ends with a new work for orchestra and live electronics by the Georgian DJ kordz, bringing us back to 2020!