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Young Euro Classic

June 14 to 16


During the weekend of June 14 to 16, Stingray Classica brings some of the most outstanding highlights from recent editions of Young Euro Classic of 2016 and 2017. The festival is presumably the world’s most important platform for young musicians from all parts of the world. During three weeks in summer, talented orchestras get their chance to perform at the glamorous Konzerthaus in Berlin. To some orchestra members, these performances are without a doubt the most influential events of their young careers. Young Euro Classic adds a dynamic element to the international orchestra scene and enables orchestras to present themselves. The festival has inspired the founding of new orchestras and helps to maintain existing initiatives. Make sure not the miss this summer’s edition, which is held from July 19 to August 6! 

June 14 at 21:00 | Young Euro Classics 2016

Young Euro Classic is the world’s most important platform for international young orchestra musicians in the European classical music tradition, and for its development. For 17 days every summer, orchestras from all over the world perform at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, on Gendarmenmarkt. This performance features some highlights of the Young Euro Classic edition of 2016. On the program are well-known classical pieces, like the third movement of Vivaldi’s “Summer” from Four Seasons, Mussorgky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” and “Habanera” from Bizet’s Carmen. Tenor Alan Pingarrón sings “Gratia plena,” by Mario Talavera, and “Dime Que Si,” by Alfonso Oteo. On the program are also famous orchestral works like the Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, and the third movement of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3.

June 15 at 14:00 | Young Euro Classics 2017

Over the course of 19 days, the best youth orchestras in the world led by great conductors, and flanked by virtuoso soloists, guaranteed exciting and inspiring concert performances at the Young Euro Classical 2017. The festival is known to be the most important platform for international young orchestra musicians in the European classical music tradition, and for its development. This highlight version is a collection of infectiously energizing and outstanding performances by musicians from across the globe. Their repertoire includes renowned classical works as well as local composers. On the program: Verdi - La forza del destino, Beethoven - Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky - Six Romances, Kohji - Georgian, Mingrelian Songs, Weinberg - Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes Op. 47 and Wong - As the Heart Soars.

June 16 at 21:00 | Young Euro Classics 2017 - Asian Youth Orchestra

Conductor and artistic director of the orchestra, Richard Pontzious initially founded the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) with violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, in 1987. Pontzious aimed to create a platform for young Asian musicians to unite musical talent within the continent and encourage a new generation of homegrown talented individuals. Today, the AYO is considered Asia’s premier pre-professional orchestra, having received awards such as the 2010 Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists, in 2010. The AYO frequently joins international music festivals, including the Young Euro Classic festival of 2017. On said occasion, the 100-plus orchestra members representing nearly a dozen Asian countries performed Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major at the Konzerthaus Berlin. This concert is conducted by James Judd, former music director of the Florida Philharmonics, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and other renowned orchestras. The Asian Youth Orchestra has been praised as outstanding for its energetic and youthful performances as well as its rich and infectious sound.