What a Festival!

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“The conclusion from the (last) almost three-hour evening, after the encores, the Flower Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and the Prelude to Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite: the notion that deeply felt musical passion requires life experience is nonsense. The orchestras of the 2023 festival edition proved once again that young people’s passions are by no means more superficial.” – Der Tagesspiegel

What a festival! A total of 18 symphony concerts, a chamber music concert, a reading, programmes for the youngest audience members – young musicians from more than 40 countries came together at the Konzerthaus to make music for you and share the culture of their homelands.

The fact that this year’s festival was a resounding success is due not only to the orchestras, but also to you, Young Euro Classic’s audience! Altogether, we welcomed more than 24,500 visitors to the Konzerthaus. Full houses and enthusiastic applause motivate the young musicians to return and play with all their energy in Berlin again. We look forward to next year – when we celebrate not only young orchestras, but also the 25th edition of Young Euro Classic!

Missed a concert? No problem!

You couldn’t be there live at the Konzerthaus, or want to relive the most beautiful moments? Selected concerts are still available from our media partners for catch-up listening or viewing.

  • Watch the concerts of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the Orchestra of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in the ARTE Mediathek.
  • Tune in to rbb Kultur on September 5 at 8 pm, when the concerts by the Tbilisi Youth Orchestra and the Concertgebouworkest YOUNG are broadcast as part of the ARD Radio Festival.
  • Listen to selected concerts, from jazz to classical, via the Audiothek of Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

Ode to Odessa

We congratulate the winner of this year’s European Composition Award! Together with the jury chairwoman, the musicologist Dr. Juliane Wandel, this year’s audience jury was most impressed by the new work Odessa Rhapsody by the Ukrainian-born composer Evgeni Orkin. Under the baton of Oksana Lyniv, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine took the audience on a resounding journey to Odessa. The swell of the sea, gentle snippets of music, a lively marketplace – the orchestra filled the Konzerthaus auditorium with the typical sounds of the Black Sea metropolis. Thus, it painted an image of diversity and vivacity – a hopeful contrast in these times of crisis and war. Odessa Rhapsody “takes us on a musical journey rich in association and atmosphere: the portrait of a feeling of life,” the jury found. The award was presented by Joe Chialo, Senator for Culture and Social Cohesion.

You can listen to the winning work in the ARTE Mediathek.

„Expedition Concert“ #1 with Joana Mallwitz 

The Konzerthaus Berlin has a new chief conductor, and her name is Joana Mallwitz. She leads the Konzerthaus Orchestra not only in many symphony concerts with works from Haydn to Dennehy, but has also introduced a new education series, the “Expedition Concerts”. “The Expedition Concerts are about the pure joy of listening. We approach the great masterworks of classical music from different directions, delve into details, combine background stories and anecdotes with musical discoveries – and the audience joins us on our journey,” Joana Mallwitz describes the format. She shares her enthusiasm at the piano first, then moves to the conductor’s podium, joined by the Konzerthaus Orchestra. Together, they perform the entire work – on Sunday, September 17 at 3 pm, the first of these events takes place, dedicated to Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, the famous scandalous ballet of 1913, which at the time inspired euphoria in some listeners and white rage in others.

To the Expedition Concerts