China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam
August 4, 2023 8 PM
Kai Wegner
Foto des Regierenden Bürgermeisters von Berlin, Kai Wegner

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Governing Mayor of Berlin

Joseph Bastian

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The French-Swiss conductor Joseph Bastian lives in Munich and has undergone a truly astounding artistic development. Trained as a cellist, trombonist and composer, he played trombone in the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) under Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez before being appointed principal bass trombone in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich in 2004. Bastian gathered his first conducting experience at the Abaco Orchestra of the Munich University. He acted as a last-minute substitute for the conductor Robin Ticciati in February 2016 and was mentored by chief conductor Mariss Jansons. He was subsequently invited to conduct orchestras all over Germany, including the RSO Berlin, but also in France and Spain and in Asia. In 2022, Bastian became principal conductor of the Asian Youth Orchestra. Starting in the autumn of this year, the 41-year-old will also become chief conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra.


Alban Gerhardt

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Born in Berlin and living in Madrid today, Alban Gerhardt has been one of the world’s leading cellists for three decades. Early success in competitions and a debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under Semyon Bychkov in 1991 paved his way to the international top. He has performed with “old masters” such as Kurt Masur, David Zinman and Christoph von Dóhnanyi as well as Vladimir Jurowski and Kirill Petrenko, Susanna Mälkki and Klaus Mäkelä. Gerhardt’s repertoire includes more than 70 solo concertos, including classics by Schumann, Dvořák and Elgar and rarities by Eugen d’Albert, Ernö von Dohnányi and Georges Enescu, all of which he recorded for the British label Hyperion. The cellist has also given world premieres of works by Unsuk Chin, Peteris Vasks, Brett Dean, Jörg Widmann and Matthias Pintscher, to name a few. Furthermore, he is a sought-after chamber musician and dedicates himself to social projects, performing regularly in schools and hospitals. Alban Gerhardt plays a cello built by Matteo Gofriller in 1710.


Lydia Teuscher

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Originally from Freiburg, the soprano Lydia Teuscher studied at the Mannheim Music Academy and the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff. Since then, she has made a promising name for herself in the concert and opera repertoire. She has sung Pamina in Mozart’s Zauberflöte at the Berlin State Opera, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro in Dresden and at the Glyndebourne Festival and Ännchen in Weber’s Freischütz in Zurich, among others. Lydia Teuscher starred in Telemann’s Pastorelle en Musique at the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival; early music, in the form of Bach’s passions and cantatas, is an important part of her artistic work in general. In February 2021, the singer took on the soprano solo in Brahms’ Requiem at short notice in a performance in Zurich that was broadcast live on ARTE. Teuscher has also performed the solo parts in Mahler’s Second and Fourth Symphonies and in Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire.



Overture to “Ruslan and Lyudmila” (1842)


Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E-minor Op. 85 (1919)


Symphony No. 4 in G-major (1899-1901)

August 5, 2023 8 PM
Sönke Lentz

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General Manager Bundesjugendorchester

Clemens Schuldt

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To have outstanding soloists perform with the Bundesjugendorchester after they were members of the orchestra themselves is not a rare occurrence. This time, however, it is the conductor Clemens Schuldt, whose musical career began as a violinist. After studying conducting in Düsseldorf, Vienna and Weimar, he won the renowned Donatella Flick Competition in London in 2010, thereupon becoming assistant conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra for a year. Today, Clemens Schuldt has made a name for himself as a concert and opera conductor. In Berlin, he made his debuts with the Konzerthaus Orchestra and the DSO; further invitations have taken him to Scandinavia and France, Spain and Japan. Among the prominent soloists he has worked with are Khatia Buniatishvili, Daniil Trifonov, Frank-Peter Zimmermann, Vilde Frang, Igor Levit, Ilya Gringolts and Christian Tetzlaff. In Munich, the conductor led an unusual project celebrating the Beethoven Year at the Isarphilharmonie together with the Jazzrausch Bigband.


Martynas Levickis

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Martynas Levickis‘ career started deep in the forests of Lithuania, where he began imitating birdsong and the rustling of trees on the accordion when he was three years old. At the age of eight, he enrolled in the Sondeckis Music School in his hometown of Šiauliai; later he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Levickis’ rapid rise as an ambassador of the accordion accelerated further when the 20-year-old won the casting show Lithuania’s Got Talent in 2010, becoming a superstar in his homeland. This was followed by a debut album released by Decca Classics – Levickis was the first accordionist to sign a recording contract with the label – which immediately went to the top of the British classical charts. In Lithuania, the artist founded an Academy of Accordion Music and his Mikroorkéstra, an ensemble with which he fills stadiums all over the Baltic States with the shows he conceives and produces. Other projects have led to collaboration with such diverse artists as the baritone Benjamin Appl, the cellist Kian Soltani and the mandolinist Avi Avital.




Symphony No. 7 in C-major Op. 105 (1918-1924)


„The Ghost Machine Treatise“ (2023) – Commissioned by the German Music Council, the Stiftung Bundesjugendorchester, Martynas Levickis and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern


“Helix” for Orchestra (2005)


“Don Juan” Op. 20 (1887-1888)

August 6, 2023 8 PM
Patron of the Evening: Marion Brasch
Foto der Autorin Marion Brasch im schwarzen Pullover vor dunklem Hintergrund

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Sean Jones

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Music and spirituality have always overlapped in the artistic vision of the trumpet player, composer, pedagogue and activist Sean Jones. Born in 1978 in Warren, Ohio, it was Miles Davis who inspired him to switch from percussion to trumpet. Only when he was 19 and already a classically trained trumpet player did he start turning increasingly to jazz. A six-month stint with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York brought him an encounter with Wynton Marsalis, who offered Jones the position of lead trumpeter in his orchestra. Ever since, he has performed with his own ensembles, but also with great jazz personalities such as Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves and Marcus Miller. Together with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, he played a Tribute to Miles tour in 2011. A versatile and experienced teacher as well, Jones holds the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz Studies at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. His most recent albums are im*pro*vise: never before seen (2014) and Live From Jazz At The Bistro (2017).

Trumpet and Bandleader

Dee Dee Bridgewater

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Dee Dee Bridgewater is undoubtedly one of jazz’ world stars. Even beyond her 70th birthday, the American singer shows no signs of allowing her more than successful career to gently fade. Over the past four decades, the legendary vocalist has crossed musical bridges between different genres, shining in jazz standards as well as songs by Kurt Weill, which were featured on her albums This is new (2002) and J’ai deux amours (2005). Dee Dee Bridgewater has won no less than three Grammy awards, the first two of them a double accolade for her tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Dear Ella (1997), then another for the album Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee (2010). Dee Dee Bridgewater has also pursued a career as a musical singer; as early as 1975 she won a Tony Award for her role in The Wiz. She has also appeared in productions such as Sophisticated Ladies, Black Ballad, Carmen and Cabaret, and played Billie Holiday in the Off-Broadway production Lady Day.


August 10, 2023 8 PM
Patron of the Evening: Alessija Lause

© Sven Serkis


José Antonio Méndez Padrón

© Monika Rittershaus

The Cuban conductor José Antonio Méndez Padrón was educated at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana; he received further artistic training at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Peter Gülke, at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music in Pittsburgh and in projects with Thomas Hengelbrock, András Schiff, Walter Reiter, Jorge Rotter and others. Since 2009 Méndez Padrón has himself been the director of Orquesta del Lyceum de La Habana. In 2012 he was appointed associate chief conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba; in 2018 he became the chief conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Matanzas. The conductor has also recorded works by Cuban composers from the 18th century to our present day for CD and has received the CUBADISCO award for several recordings. When he is not conducting, José Antonio Méndez Padrón is known for his bread-making skills and a popular salsa dance partner in Havana.


Sarah Willis

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Since 2001 Sarah Willis has been a member of the horn group of the Berlin Philharmonic; before this, she was a member of the Staatskapelle Berlin for ten years. Born in Maryland, USA, the musician spent her childhood in Tokyo, Moscow and London, as her father was a foreign correspondent. In London, she began playing the horn at the age of 14, subsequently studying at the Guildhall School of Music. During the past years, Sarah Willis has performed widely as a soloist and has not only presented the solo album Horn Discoveries, but also recorded the Brahms Horn Trio, the Rosetti Double Horn Concerti, the CDs Opera! and Four Corners! together with her colleagues from Berlin, as well as Mozart y Mambo, recorded in Havana in 2020. She is highly active in the Berlin Philharmonic’s youth projects, especially its family concerts. Willis regularly interviews conductors and soloists for the Berlin Philharmonic’s internet presence. Sarah Willis is passionate about music education and makes full use of digital technology and social media to reach audiences worldwide. She runs a popular series of online interviews known as “Horn Hangouts”, is a regular broadcaster and interviewer on TV, radio and online and fronts the classical music programme Sarah´s Music for Deutsche Welle TV. She moderates the DG International Podcast series for Deutsche Grammophon and her latest award-winning documentary films, Mozart y Mambo and A World without Beethoven?, were broadcast worldwide on Deutsche Welle TV. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made Sarah Willis an MBE – Member of the Order of the British Empire – in the Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours List.



“El Bodeguero” (1956, arr. Jorge Aragón)


Serenade No. 6 in D-major “Serenata notturna” K. 239 (1776)


Concerto Movement for Horn and Orchestra in E-flat-major K. 370b (1781)


“Danza de los fugitivos”

SIX CUBAN DANCES for Solo Horn, Strings and Percussion:

PEPE GAVILONDO/YASEL MUÑOZ ∙ “Tamarindo Son” (2020/21)
YUNIET LOMBIDA ∙ “Danzón de la Medianoche” (2020/21)
WILMA ALBA CAL ∙ “Guaguancó Sencillo” (2020/21)
JORGE ARAGÓN ∙ “Un Bolero para Sarah” (2020/21)
ERNESTO OLIVA ∙ “Un Changüí pa´ Sari” (2020/21)


“Mambo Influenciado” (1963)


“Guantanamera” (arr. Jorge Aragón)

Estonia, Georgia, the Ukraine and Uzbekistan
August 19, 2023 – August 22, 2023
Estonia, Georgia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan
August 19, 2023 5 PM

Concerto in G-minor RV 107


"Syva zozulenka" ("Сива зозуленька”) - "The gray cuckoo" und "Oh, bredu, ia bredu" ("Ой бреду, я бреду”) – "Oh, I’m wandering, wandering"


“A-S-C-H” (2004)

ARVO PÄRT (b. 1935)

“Spiegel im Spiegel” (1978)


“The difference - Tafovut” (2023, World Premiere)


Piano Quintet in E-flat-major KV 452, 3rd Movement: Allegretto


"Õhtust õhtust õed ja ellad" ("Good evening my sisters")


“Post Scriptum”, 2nd & 3rd Movement




“Ink Rain”, 2nd & 3rd Scene (2020, World Premiere)

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)

Octet in F-major D 803, 3rd Movement: Scherzo: Allegro Vivace (1824)

August 19, 2023 8 PM
Patron of the Evening: Michal Hvorecký

© Martina Simkovicova

Author and Journalist

Mirian Khukhunaishvili

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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, graduating in 2020. 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. He has also been invited to conduct in Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris, Copenhagen and by the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, where he made his debut in October 2022. During the Conductor’s Academy of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Khukhunaishvili won the Paavo Järvi Fellowship and the audience prize in November 2022. The Georgian conductor lives in Iceland today, where he teaches conducting at the Academy of the Arts and directs the University Chorus. In 2019, Mirian Khukhunaishvili co-founded the Tbilisi Youth Orchestra.


Veriko Tchumburidze

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Describing her as the “breath of the future”, the jury chairman Andrzej Wituski praised Veriko Tchumburidze when she won the International Henrik Wieniawski Competition in Póznan in 2016 at the age of only 20. Raised in a Georgian family in Adana in Southern Turkey, Veriko Tchumburidze received her first music lessons at the conservatory in Mersin. In 2010, she began studying with Dora Schwarzenberg in Vienna, then in 2015 with Ana Chumachenko in Munich, where she completed her master’s degree in 2022. Today the violinist is studying chamber music there, but also giving a multitude of concerts, most recently at the Beethoven Easter Festival, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Olympus Musical Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. There, she performed with Leif Ove Andsnes, Lisa Batiashvili, Sol Gabetta, the Quatuor Ebène, Maxim Vengerov and Tabea Zimmermann. Together with the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt under Howard Griffiths, Veriko Tchumburidze recorded John Williams’ score for Schindler’s List. She plays a 1756 Guadagnini violin on loan to her from the Stiftung Deutsches Musikleben.



© Nata Sopromadze

Kordz, whose civilian name is Alexandre Kordzaia, loves crossing the boundaries between composing and performing. He has won special acclaim for his live performances with such diverse artists as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Georgia, the violist Georgi Zagareli and the rapper DRO. Kordz has contributed significantly to the vibrant club scene in Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi during the past five years. His performances include piano, keyboards and synthesizers, helping him deliver extremely danceable and atmospheric performances. Invitations have taken Kordz to Germany and the Netherlands several times, where he has performed with the Asko Schoenberg Ensemble, Slagwerk Den Haag, the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the Dortmund Philharmonic.


Composer and Piano (Competition entry European Composition Award 2023)

Mika Mdinaradze

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Mika Mdinaradze pursues a multi-faceted career as a composer, arranger and producer. Together with the conductor Mirian Khukhunaishvili, he founded the Tbilisi Youth Orchestra in 2019. His oeuvre includes music of different genres; thus, Mdinaradze has written not only symphonic works and songs, but also scores for film and theatre, television and advertising. Recently, the Georgian composer has devoted himself entirely to “serious” music: thus, he wrote a Kirye Eleison for soprano and orchestra, which was given its world premiere in November 2022 by the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin under Christoph Eschenbach’s baton. In July 2022 his composition 145 Christ for flute and orchestra was premiered in Tbilisi, commemorating the children killed in Ukraine, and performed by the Tbilisi Youth Orchestra with flutist Stathis Karapanos.


Composer (Competition entry European Composition Award 2023)


“The Hebrides” Overture Op. 26 (1829-1830)


“Blue Horses” (World Premiere) 🏆


“Chiaroscuro” for Solo Violin and Chamber Orchestra (2010)


3 Pieces for Piano & Orchestra (World Premiere) 🏆


Symphony No. 3 in E-flat-major Op. 55 “Eroica” (1803-1804)

August 20, 2023 8 PM
Patron of the Evening: Ursina Lardi


Kamoliddin Urinbayev

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The 37-year old Uzbek conductor Kamoliddin Urinbayev received his musical training at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan in Tashkent and went on to study conducting at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. At the same time, he was invited to participate in numerous festivals and competitions, such as the Great Silk Road (South Korea), New Names (Russia) and the Forum Conducting (Germany). Urinbayev conducts both concerts and operas. Thus, he has conducted the State Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the State Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan as well as the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra. At the Academic State Theatre in Tashkent, he has conducted Beethoven’s Fidelio. In 2014 Urinbayev founded the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan. That same year, the Uzbek President awarded him the title “Distinguished Artist of Uzbekistan”. In 2020 the conductor was also appointed rector of the State Conservatory in Tashkent.


Eleonora Kotlibulatova

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Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the pianist Eleonora Kotlibulatova received her first piano lessons from her mother when she was five years old. In 1996, the ten-year-old made her solo debut. She won numerous prizes at international piano competitions, e.g. at the Grand Prix “Art of the 21st Century” in Kiev (Ukraine) in 2001, at the International Chopin Competition in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and at the 7th International Rubinstein Competition in Paris in 2004. In 2010 Eleonora Kotlibulatova began studying with Matthias Kirschnereit at the Rostock Music Academy, from which she graduated with distinction in 2014. The artist has undertaken concert tours from America to Asia; she currently lives in Berlin as a pianist and teacher. Apart from her solo appearances, she works regularly with the guitarist Evgeny Beleninov in order to make this unusual duo formation more well-known through original works and transcriptions.


Amer Jaafar

Originally from Kuwait, the composer Amer Jaafar began his training in the USA at the Portland State University and at Oregon University and then completed his composition studies at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw. At the moment, the 61-year-old composer is a professor in Kuwait. In 2008 Jaafar won the first prize at a composition competition in Sanaa (Yemen) for his work Secrets. He has come to particular renown for his work Impatience of a Captive (2000), which was originally written as a piano sextet and then arranged for orchestra. In addition, Jaafar has composed piano works such as Dance of Peace and the Devil and Dance of the Gazelle. In 2020 the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan performed his work Silk Road. In his works, Jaafar aims to interweave western and Arabic music: “The main reason I’ve always sought to study international music was that I wanted to merge international music with Kuwaiti folk music and Arabic music in order to develop it, present it to the whole world and eventually reach internationalism.”

Composer (Competition entry European Composition Award 2023)


Overture to “Oberon” J.306 (1826)


“Sogdian Frescos” (1997)


“Impatience of a Captive” (2022, German Premiere) 🏆


Variations on a Theme from Mozart‘s “Don Giovanni” B-flat-major Op. 2 (1827)


Symphony No. 2 in E-minor Op. 27 (1906-1907)

Estonia, Georgia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan
August 20, 2023 5:30 PM
Ganna Gnedkova
Foto der Autorin Ganna Gnedkova

© Georgii Kravchenko

Ganna Gnedkova grew up bilingually. She studied comparative literature at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv and the University of Vienna. She is an academic, book critic and journalist. Since 2016, she has been translating fiction and non-fiction from English and German into Ukrainian and vice versa. In 2020, the first text of her own, Mein Name sei G., on the Exile Literary Award for poetry. In 2022 she received the Raniser Debut Fellowship and is working on a collection of stories with the working title Das Kind und der Tod (The Child and Death). Ganna Gnedkova lives in Vienna and is married to the Austrian writer Peter Marius Huemer. Since the beginning of the large-scale Russian war against Ukraine, she has been a contact person at the media centre of the Ukrainian community.


Sveta Grigorjeva
Foto der Autorin Sveta Grigorjeva

© Maria Obermeier

Sveta Grigorjeva is an Estonian choreographer, dancer, poet and critic. She has published two collections of poetry, who is afraid of sveta grigorjeva (2013) and American beauty (2018); the third collection, Frankenstein will be published this year. Her literary work has always centred on questions of identity and representation, especially issues of gender and nationality. Being born among the ruins of the Soviet Union and raised in a democracy in Estonia as the daughter of an Estonian mother and Russian father has given her a certain understanding of the complexity of “double heritages”, especially in critical times. Her latest staged performances, FAKERZ (2021) and TEKHNE (2020), mainly circled the question “What is there left to dance in a neo-liberal and quickly rising neo-fascist era?”. She has danced in her own choreographies / staged pieces and collaborated with other artists in Estonia and Europe. She completed her Master’s degree at Tallinn University, Estonia, and studied Choreography and Performance at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany, under the guidance of Bojana Kunst.


Sharif Ahmedov
Foto des Autors Sharif Ahmedov

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Sharif Ahmedov was born in 1969 in the Andijan region of Uzbekistan. In 1992, he graduated from the Department of Journalism at Tashkent University. After completing his university studies, he worked in Uzbekistan for various media such as newspapers, broadcasting agency and publishing houses. Until 2006 he was a reporter for the BBC Radio’s Uzbek service. Since 2006 he has been living in The Netherlands. Since his student days, Sharif Ahmedov has been involved in literature, writing stories and essays. He has translated collections of short stories by the Argentinian writers Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar and books by the Russian writer Andrey Platonov. He also translated the most significant book of the Lebanese-American philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran – “The Prophet” and a work of Dutch children’s writer Annie M. G. Schmidt – “Minoes”.


Dato Turaschwili
Foto des Autors Dato Turashvili

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Dato (David) Turashvili is a Georgian fiction writer, the author of novels, movie scripts and plays. He studied literature, film and art history at the universities of Tbilisi, London and Madrid. His first collection of short stories was published after the restoration of the Georgian independence from the Soviet empire. Before the liberation, Dato Turashvili was one of the leaders of the student protest movement against the Soviet regime in Georgia and for the democracy. He has published 22 books so far, including bestselling novels, stories and collection of plays. His novels have been translated into 20 languages and published in 15 countries; his plays are performed in Georgia and abroad. Furthermore, Dato Turashvili is the author of scientific research in literary criticism and historiography. He has translated prose and poetry from Russian, Spanish and English into Georgian. His other interests include mountaineering – he has participated in the expeditions to the Caucasus, Andes and Himalayas. Dato Turashvili is the host of the most popular TV show about books in Georgia. He is married to Maka Kekelidze, with whom he has four daughters and a dog.


Michal Hvorecký

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Curator and Moderator

Ursina Lardi

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Holger Bülow

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August 21, 2023 8 PM
Patron of the Evening: Maria Ossowski
Foto der Kulturkorrespondentin Maria Ossowski

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Cultural correspondent for ARD at Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg

Oksana Lyniv

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The Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv, herself the daughter of two musicians, received her musical education at the music academy of her hometown in Lviv. In 2017 she became chief conductor of the Graz Opera; in 2022 she was appointed general music director at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, where she led new productions of Verdi’s I vespri siciliani and Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer this spring. Oksana Lyniv also celebrated her successful debut as the first female conductor in the history of the Bayreuth Festival with this opera in 2021. Since the Russian assault on Ukraine, Lyniv has come to symbolize the fight against the war in her homeland throughout the international music world. The 45-year-old is also a passionate advocate for classical music in Ukraine: she founded the international festival LvivMozArt in Lviv in 2017, which was inspired by the historical work of Mozart’s son Franz Xaver in Lviv. In 2016 she initiated the founding of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, whose artistic director she has been ever since.


Daryna Bachynska

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Born in Lviv in the millennium year of 2000, Daryna Bachynska received her first piano lessons at the age of six before taking up the flute at age eleven. In 2018, she graduated from the Special Music School Solomiia Krushelnytska and transferred to the Music Academy in Cracow, Poland. After successfully completing her bachelor’s degree, the flutist is currently continuing her studies at the Conservatory in Liege, Belgium. Daryna Bachynska has appeared as a soloist at renowned venues such as the Benslow Music Centre (England), the Flauti di Toscana (Italy) and Foliamusica Festivals (France). In 2020 she was also awarded a scholarship from the renowned flute maker Powell Flutes, which included a sterling silver headjoint as a special prize. Since 2019, Daryna Bachynska has been the principal flutist of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.


Andrii Murza

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The Ukrainian violinist Andrii Murza is the founder and artistic director of the International Violin Competition in Odessa. He has performed at numerous important festivals and concert series, including the Heidelberg International Festival, Santander International Festival, the MDR Music Summer and the LvivMozArt International Festival. The violinist is regularly invited for recitals and chamber music programmes in Switzerland, France, Germany, China and Spain. After receiving his first training in Odessa, Murza studied at the Music Academy Reina Sofia in Madrid and at the Mannheim Academy of Music and Performing Arts. Studying with outstanding musicians such as Pinchas Zukerman, Zakhar Bron, Viviane Hagner, Miriam Fried and Ferenc Rados had a profound influence on his professional development. He has been a member of the first violin section at the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra since 2016. Murza plays a violin built by Auguste Sebastien Philippe Bernadel (father) in 1840.


Aleksey Semenenko

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Born in Odessa in 1988, Aleksey Semenenko began studying the violin at the age of six. Only one year later, he won a children’s music festival award in Odessa and made his solo debut with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. After completing his concert exam after studies with Zakhar Bron in Cologne, he currently studies chamber music with Harald Schoneweg. At the latest when he won the prestigious Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 2012, he has enjoyed a full concert schedule in Europe and the USA, both as a soloist and chamber musician. After winning the 2015 International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition, he was invited to appear at the Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg, where he won the audience award and then made his debut with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the most recent engagements of the musician are appearances at Berlin’s Philharmonie, Cologne’s Philharmonie, the Essen Philharmonie, the Louvre in Paris, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Alice Tully Hall in New York, Moscow’s Philharmonic Hall and with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. In October 2021, he was appointed professor of violin at the Folkwang University of the Arts. He plays a Stradivarius built in 1699, on loan to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.


Evgeni Orkin

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Born in L’viv, Ukraine, in 1977, Evgeni Orkin studied clarinet and composition with Yevhen Stankovych at the Kyiv Music Academy. He continued his studies in Utrecht and Mannheim, studying clarinet, conducting and composition with Ulrich Leyendecker and Ernst Bechert. Evgeni Orkin has written eleven chamber symphonies, six large symphonies, solo concerti for violin, piano, saxophone and clarinet, the oratorio Annes Passion based on the diaries of Anne Frank, the opera Magister Ludi, several musical theatre works and a large number of chamber music works. His works have been performed at many international festivals, including the festival Contrasts in L’viv, the Kyiv Music Festival, the Festival New Music in Odessa and the Odessa Music Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling and the Gstaad Menuhin Festival. He has worked closely with many renowned artists, including Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sol Gabetta and Giora Feidman. As a clarinettist, he has made a name for himself especially by performing world premieres of new works.



Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra Op. 45 (1954)


“The Way” for Symphony Orchestra (2023)


„Odessa Rhapsodie“ for Two Violins and Symphony Orchestra (2022, German Premiere)


Symphony No. 5 in C-minor Op. 67 (1804-1808)

August 22, 2023 8 PM
Patron of the Evening: Boris Aljinovic


Toomas Vavilov

© Krõõt Tarkmeel

Toomas Vavilov has been pursuing a two-pronged career for many years. On the one hand, the 53-year-old is one of the leading clarinettists of his country, with a repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary music – and a special focus on Estonian works. Several composers have written pieces especially for him, including Urmas Sisask, Eino Tamberg, Ester Mägi, Lepo Sumera and Raimo Kangro. As a conductor, Vavilov made his debut with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in 1998, followed by performances with other important orchestras and choruses in Estonia. From 2006 to 2008, he was chief conductor of the tradition-steeped Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu. Furthermore, the conductor is active in music education for children; he has also staged the choreographic show Schoenberg and Circus and conceived a rock opera for the Estonian band Ruja.


Sten Heinoja

© Kaupo Kikkas

The pianist Sten Heinoja is one of the most promising talents of the Estonian younger generation. At the age of four, he received his first piano lessons, and as a teenager, he enrolled as a student at the music academy in Tallinn. In 2014, Heinoja won the Estonian Piano Competition (including five special prizes); 2016 he was the winner of the Classical TV show Klassikatähed. In 2018, he won the Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition in London. Ever since, the pianist has performed with all the important Estonian orchestras; he has also been invited to perform in many European countries, India and China, Israel and the USA. His repertoire focuses on the First Viennese School and 20th-century piano music. Heinoja also forms a regular duo with the cellist Marcel Johannes Kits and is a member of the piano trio Hämarik.


Alisson Kruusmaa

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Born in Pärnu in 1992, Alisson Kruusmaa studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, where she graduated in composition in 2017. She has been noted both for orchestral as well as choral and chamber music works. In her music, she loves to create fragile sonic landscapes, marked by delicate orchestration. Kruusmaa’s most significant compositions include Mesmerism for clarinet and piano and the piano concerto Piece (both 2015) as well as Songs of Silver Light for mezzo-soprano, trumpet and piano (2017). The same year, Kruusmaa’s orchestral piece Circles, which was inspired by the crystalline patterns of the rings of Saturn, was premiered in Tallinn. Among her most recent compositions are And the Great Winds Come and Go for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, premiered at the Andriessen Festival in the Netherlands, and the major choral work Under Evening Sky. 2021 saw the premiere of her expansive piano concerto As if a River Were Singing…; last year Kruusmaa’s new Accordion Concerto was premiered in Pärnu.

Composer (Competition entry European Composition Award 2023)


“Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte” (1994/2019)


“Five Arabesques” (2021/22, German Premiere) 🏆


Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D-Major Op. 21 Hob. XVIII:11 (1782)


“In spe” for Wind Quintet and String Orchestra (2010)


Symphony No. 7 (1958)

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