Hear Something New at Young Euro Classic

The European Composition Award for artful new sounds

Contemporary music plays a major role in all Young Euro Classic projects. The Festival offers a platform for contemporary music and also commissions new works from young composers.

From its very beginning, Young Euro Classic has had the goal of giving contemporary music a platform, and this profound conviction means that the festival of the world’s best youth orchestras never allows its ties to contemporary music production, tomorrow’s composers and new works around the world slacken. In this context, the festival’s motto “Tomorrow’s musicians today” expands to include “tomorrow’s music today”: year after year, Young Euro Classic supports the creation of a remarkably diverse range of artful new sounds, and its European Composition Award throws a special spotlight on today’s colourful new music scene and the ever-increasing diversity of contemporary music.

European Composition Award

At the festival Young Euro Classic the Mayor of Berlin presents the European Composition Award to the most deserving candidate.

The European Composition Award is donated by the Governing Mayor of Berlin as part of Young Euro Classic. The prize goes to the best world premiere or German premiere presented at the festival. The decision who receives the prize and its cash value of 5,000 € is made by a volunteer jury composed of ten music-loving laymen plus a chairman.

Would you like to be part of the jury? You will receive more information from June onwards on our website or via our newsletter.

German Premieres and World Premieres at Young Euro Classic 2023

Rolf Gupta“Epitaph – In Memory of the Victims of Utøya” (2023, German Premiere)Ungdomssymfonikerne
Bernard van Rossum“Fantasía por tanguillos” (2023, German Premiere)
Jong Metropole Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
Mika Mdinaradze“Blue Horses” (World Premiere)

Tbilisi Youth Orchestra
Kordz3 Pieces for Piano & Orchestra (World Premiere)Tbilisi Youth Orchestra
Amer Jaafar“Impatience of a Captive” (2022, German Premiere)Youth Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan
Evgeni OrkinOdessa Rhapsody for Two Violins and Symphony Orchestra (2022, German Premiere)Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Alisson Kruusmaa“Five Arabesques” (2021/22, German Premiere)Orchestra of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatrer
Carlijn Metselaar“the muscle that raises the wing” (2023, German Premiere)Concertgebouworkest YOUNG