| young.euro.classic (Berlin)
Music Management: Ms. Claudia Thorun
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT YOUNG.EURO.CLASSIC?
young.euro.classic is unique! You don't agree? Then let me invite you to enjoy a young.euro.classic concert in my company and I'll tell you just why they are so very special...
So, imagine you're standing in front of the famous Konzerthaus in the Gedarmenmarkt Square in the heart of Berlin – a beautiful neo-classical edifice built by the great Berlin architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. It's a balmy August evening and you and 1,500 other concert-goers are making your way along the blue "Europe carpet" with its yellow stars and up the elegant steps leading to the auditorium. But don't be deceived into thinking that you'll only be surrounded by the worthy and the good - although they, too, will be in attendance. No, the audience will above all be made up of young people, tourists and music-lovers from around the world!
Bienvenido estimado público del festival! – Dobro vecer dragi posjetitelji – Mine damer og herrer, rigtig hjertelig velkommen til vores koncer!
Each evening one member of the featured orchestra offers cordial words of greeting to the audience – in their own language, of course. And even if it is a language we don't perhaps understand, it's a moment that gives us a taste of the cultural context that the young musicians on the stage come from.
Before this, the Festival Anthem – which is specially commissioned
every two years – has rung out, setting the highly individual
young.euro.classic tone for the concert. And it's often tinged with
the flavour of the evening's specific orchestra.
When the concert begins the carefully designed program and the gusto with which it's presented are likely to impress even the most sophisticated and demanding of music observers.
young.euro.classic showcases classical youth orchestras from around
The musical focus of the concert program is on contemporary music. A typical young.euro.classic concert includes a symphonic highlight from the 19th or 20th centuries, a representative work from the featured country, and in very many cases either an international or German premiere of a new piece. Given these priorities, it is remarkable indeed that young.euro.classic concerts are so often met with standing ovations. The passion and enthusiasm of the musicians are clearly contagious. Many festival fans attended a whole number of concerts each summer. One senior member of the famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra even went so far as to tell me that he hadn't missed a single young.euro.classic concert since the festival began: a total of 135 concerts and counting!
And, after the concerts, the fun continues for both the musicians and our partners. They're invited to shared receptions that are also attended by our patrons, diplomats and other guests. The receptions, which generally take place in embassies, company HQs, or other prestigious locations, are the ideal way to round off the evening. And our general audience also gets to join in. Each year they're invited to our "Bergfest" – a post-concert get-together at the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt Square that takes place in the middle of the festival program. It's all about good music, good food and a chance to dance!
Surely now it's easy for you to understand what a magnet the festival
is for audiences!
Firstly, there's the European Composer Prize. It's a 5,000-euro prize that's awarded by the mayor of Berlin and goes to the best new work to be given its German or international premiere during the festival. The winner is selected on behalf of our audiences by a jury made up of ten non-professional music lovers with the able assistance of a specialist chairperson.
Secondly, we have the Campus Project – an orchestra academy for young musicians from two or more different countries. It allows them to play together, get to know and appreciate each other and share their diverse preferences and approaches. This academy phase of the festival was extended in 2007 and from now on the orchestra goes under the name of the young.euro.classic Festival Orchestra, which – after a rehearsal phase – heads off on a concert tour.
young.euro.connect has since 2005 established itself as an important literary addition to the young.euro.classic music. Each year, twelve young authors from different countries are invited to develop their vision on a European theme. The best six essays are then chosen by a prominent jury and presented in readings involving leading actors.
In short: young.euro.classic – established in Berlin back in the year 2000 – has become a high-profile international young music festival.
Sincerely yours, Gabriele Minz