Celebrate 25 years of Young Euro Classic with us in 2024!
After a fantastic 24th festival season with young musicians from all over the world, we are looking forward to next year and are already working on offering the world’s best youth orchestras a stage in Berlin again in 2024.
We’re keeping the programme to ourselves for the time being – but we can already reveal this much: In its 25th anniversary year, Young Euro Classic will take place from 9 to 25 August 2024.
Young Euro Classic fills the Berlin Summer with Enthusiasm
A brilliant performance by the Orchestre Français des Jeunes and the presentation of the European Composition Award to the Ukrainian composer Evgeni Orkin by Berlin’s Senator of Culture, Joe Chialo, brought the 24th season of Young Euro Classic to a successful close. The world’s leading youth orchestra festival offered its approximately 24,500 visitors an impressive programme: over the course of three and a half weeks, there were 17 orchestra concerts plus evenings of chamber music, ballet and literature. With NEXT GENERATION, the youngest audience members had a series of performances and events dedicated to them. One special highlight was “Courage in Concert”, a festival within the festival focusing on Ukraine and its “neighbours of war” from Estonia, Georgia and Uzbekistan, demonstrating how cultural exchange can convey solidarity and give hope even in times of crisis.
We congratulate the winner of this year’s European Composition Award
The reflection of current world events in music is exemplified by the piece to win the European Composition Award, the Ukrainian composer Evgeni Orkin’s Odessa Rhapsody. The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine presented its German premiere at Young Euro Classic 2023.
Commissioned in 2022 by the conductor and founder of the orchestra, Oksana Lyniv, from Orkin, who lives in Germany, the work paints a portrait of the lively and diverse Black Sea metropolis, but also of a city in war and conflict.
Odessa Rhapsody “takes the listener on a highly associative and atmospheric musical journey: it is the portrait of a feeling of life,” the jury said in its decision. The prize, which is awarded every year by the Mayor of Berlin, was presented to the composer Evgeni Orkin on the last evening of the festival by Joe Chialo, Berlin’s Senator of Culture.