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BYP IS... ▸ The Baltic Youth

Philharmonic. ▸ The most talented

young musicians from around the Baltic Sea. ▸ 100 musicians,

10 countries, 1 new voice from the North. ▸ A special spirit, energy,

passion, dedication.


To the Baltic Youth Philharmonic!


The educational aspects of BYP were supplemented by a composers’ workshop led by Daniel Schnyder, offering young composers the chance to work closely with the orchestra, its conductor and coaches. Once more, BYP made its tour through the Baltic Sea region, coming home to the island of Usedom to perform again at Kraftwerk Peenemünde. We are proud that the orchestra has grown so much since 2008 and is fulfilling the great promise of its beginnings. We are also delighted to welcome Saipem as sponsor of the 2012 tour, whose support has allowed the orchestra to travel to Italy. Our vision is to turn this orchestra into an educational hub for the entire region and to use it as the basis for the creation of a Baltic Music Education System. But for the time being we wish you an inspiring time while discovering the facets of BYP on this CD and DVD.

e are delighted to present to you the fifth season of BYP. This orchestra, initiated in 2008 by Nord Stream AG and the Usedom Music Festival, continues to accomplish its challenging goals, uniting music students from all of the Baltic Sea States and giving them the opportunity to live, learn and perform together. How quickly they overcome these challenges, growing together to create a New Voice in the North, became obvious in each of the concerts that made up the orchestra’s 2012 season. Over 500 young musicians auditioned in Berlin, Copenhagen, Vilnius, Tallinn and St. Petersburg this year, and about 100 were selected for participation. The concerts in the entire Baltic region were conducted by the orchestra’s founding conductor and musical director, Kristjan Järvi. But as well as by Kurt Masur who held a conducting master class in Peenemünde.

Matthias Warnig Managing Director Nord Stream AG

Thomas Hummel Executive Director Baltic Youth Philharmonic


BYP 2008 - 2012 A success story Within just four years, the Baltic Youth Philharmonic has developed into an astonishing educational project that has been celebrated throughout the Baltic Sea region.

36 concerts

with nearly ▸ Auditions 1,500 young musicians

with a combined audience of about 35,000 people

▸ 280 millions of media contacts in print, radio and TV broadcast Performances in impressive concert halls such as

Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, Koncerthuset Copenhagen, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gdansk Filharmonia, Kursaal Merano, Tonhalle Düsseldorf and Berwaldhallen in Stockholm

Invitations to renowned festivals such as the Baltic Sea Festival Stockholm, the Bremen Music Festival, the Estonian Glasperlenspiel Music Festival, Meran Music Weeks, Usedom Music Festival, Young Euro Classic … International Radio Broadcasts

In January 2012 the orchestra was honoured as an

innovative, trendsetting

project by the initiative »Germany – Land of Ideas« under the patronage of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The orchestra’s concerts have been broadcast worldwide, including Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia.

In May 2012, the German chancellor Angela Merkel invited BYP to perform in Stralsund in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, all prime ministers of the Baltic Sea states and others were amongst the audience.


BYP 2008 - 2013 What others say The press has praised the »very high technical level of playing« combined with the »breathtaking passion« of the ensemble and its Musical Director Kristjan Järvi.

» … energetic playing.« New York Times / Reuters

» … vigorous, youthfully captivating and at the same time deeply professional.« Postimees / EST

»The Baltic Youth Philharmonic is a wonderful ambassador for the cultural cooperation of the countries bordering the Baltic Sea. Talented and excellently trained young musicians show the impressive ease with which they transcend the borders of varying backgrounds, different languages and artistic traditions.« Dr. Angela Merkel, German chancellor »The musicians played with breathtaking passion.« Der Tagesspiegel / GER

»Classical music with new life breathed into it!« Charles Porter, multi-genre trumpeter and composer

»The ultimate experience if you want to be a musician by tomorrow’s standards!« Ingemar Roos, co-principal trombonist / Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

»Thank you so much for the concert and show tonight at Berwaldhallen, you guys rock!« Ann Jangsell@Facebook

»You guys made me enjoy classical music again!« Jannis Focke@Facebook


BYP 2008 - 2013 Shaping musicians of tomorrow Kristjan Järvi’s vision is to become a major music and education hub. His holistic approach, focusing on the collective energy and physicality of the orchestra, aims to give a full frontal »collision« with the rapture and the spirit of music.

Unusual concert formats

û Joint concerts with professional orchestras such as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the MDR Symphony Orchestra û PXVLFLDQVRQRQHVWDJHGXULQJD4.5-hour-long marathon concert with the MDR û Cross-genre performances with the Bundesjazzorchester û Yellow lounge concerts: classic meets the club scene


Collaborations with the MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig and Danish Radio in Copenhagen: joint rehearsals and coaching sessions with experienced musicians

The BYP Lab

An »orchestral rhythmic and phrasing boot camp« û Conductors‘ and composers‘ workshops û $Conducting master class with maestro Kurt Masur û Professional CD recordings û Education workshops: BYP players teaching children û Chamber music projects


»BYP is one of the best opportunities for young musicians. The spirit of these young people is stunning!« Kurt Masur


Founding Conductor & Music Director

»I give them a lot, but if I just give my energy into a black hole, it sucks me dry. But if the energy comes back, then it starts going back and forth; it becomes this synergy. When that happens … whoa! Once you start communicating on this much higher level than words, then you start getting an unbelievable excitement in the audience, because they start to see that this is actually a higher form of communication, of emotions, spirituality and love – and only music can do this.« Kristjan Järvi on BYP


(BYP). He is also the Artistic Advisor to Basel Chamber Orchestra. Järvi has previously held Music Director posts in Vienna and Sweden. In 2012-13 Kristjan Järvi is resident with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and both the BYP and MDR at the newly built Danish Radio Concert Hall. Kristjan has ongoing guest conducting engagements with the following orchestras: London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Symphonieorchester Bayerischer Rundfunk, NDR Hamburg, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C), the Minnesota Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and NHK Symphony Japan. As a recording artist Järvi has more than 30 albums to his credit. He has been honored with a Swedish Grammy for »Best Opera Performance«, German Record Critics Prize for »Best Album«, a Grammy nomination and a BBC Record Award nomination. Kristjan Järvi records exclusively for Sony, releasing two albums this season on the label: »Carmina Burana« and »Cloud Atlas Symphony«, both with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Cloud Atlas Symphony marks Kristjan’s continued work in film music, having recorded the soundtrack to Tom Tykwer’s Hollywood film »Cloud Atlas«.

ristjan Järvi has forged a career that couples his international reputation as an insightful, articulate conductor with his unique sensibility and genuine love for music. Järvi is renowned worldwide for inventive programming, brave collaborations and cross-cultural/cross-genre repertoire. An entrepreneur by nature and a passionate educator and philanthropist, Järvi leads both the oldest Radio Orchestra in Europe and the newest Youth Orchestra.

Kristjan Järvi holds four principle engagements, including Music Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra (beginning 2012-13 season); Chief Conductor Gstaad Festival Orchestra (GFO); Founder and Music Director Absolute Ensemble; and Founding Conductor Baltic Youth Philharmonic


and a symbol of peace and unity in a previously volatile region. As founding conductor, Kristjan Järvi has led the ensemble on tours throughout Europe and secured significant support through a board of trustees that includes former German chancellor Schröder, Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marek Janowski and Mariss Jansons. BYP has become a vibrant hub for education and performance, musically uniting students across the region. In addition to his work with BYP he has founded the Absolute Academy at the Bremen University for Music and Arts and the Muusikaselts Music education project in remote Estonian orphanages (now a national initiative). He has worked with dozens of youth organizations and in 2011 was a judge at the first Beijing International Composers’ Competition in China. Kristjan Järvi was born in Tallinn, Estonia. He emigrated to the United States as a child and grew up in New York City. He is an accomplished pianist and graduated from Manhattan School of Music as a performance major followed by undertaking conducting studies at the University of Michigan. He began his career as Assistant Conductor to Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Kristjan Järvi has worked with many of the most esteemed composers of our time, and has commissioned and collaborated with diverse artists including Arvo Pärt, Tan Dun, John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, H.K Gruber, Renee Fleming, Joe Zawinul, Goran Bregovic, Paquito d’Rivera, Eitetsu Hayashi, Marcel Khalife and Benny Anderson. Founded in 2008, Baltic Youth Philharmonic has quickly been embraced by the international community as both an important education body

KRISTJAN JÄRVI is married and lives with his wife and his four children in Palm Beach, Florida.


»When I first heard Gediminas Gelgotas‘ music last year, I was completely blown away! His music is fantastic and the whole concept of performing it is incredibly original. That kind of musical entrepreneurism has to be supported for its willingness and passionate energy.« Kristjan Järvi


A contemporary musical voice

formed in concert halls in Latvia, Russia, Finland, Germany, France, Great Britain, USA and Argentina. His compositions appeal to a young audience and are always a »Gesamtkunstwerk«, focusing on conceptual music in combination with experimental or theatrical stage productions, sometimes in the direct involvement of the audience.

ediminas Gelgotas is a composer, conductor and self-performing artist. He was born in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1986 and grew up in a family of musicians. At the age of seven, Gelgotas was enrolled at the M. K. Ciurlionis School of Art to study piano, composition and trumpet. In 2005, he began composition studies in the classes of Vytautas Barkauskas and the conductor Gintaras Rincevicius at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. From October 2009 to July 2010 he studied composition with Prof. Peter Michael Hamel at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre.

NOTES BYP aims to foster contemporary works by composers from the Baltic region. In 2012, »Never Ignore the Cosmic Ocean« by the 26-year-old Lithuanian Gediminas Gelgotas received its firstever performance at the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin.

»The new composition by the Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas caused a sensation!«

Never Ignore the Cosmic Ocean The minimalist composition reflects his consistent way of personally dealing with intellectual worlds and creative processes. »My wish is to express deeply personal feelings through music. A few very quiet episodes speak about extremely fragile inner places.« Gediminas Gelgotas

Neue Musikzeitung, August 2012

In 2006, Gelgotas founded the Ensemble NI&Co (New Ideas and Company) for the purpose of realizing his own musical and conceptual ideas. Gediminas Gelgotas’ works are per-



▸ Violin

Zhanna Amandyk Russia Assel Bainazarova Russia Karina Burkhanova Russia Aikaterini-Eirini Chatzinikolaou Germany Zoljargal Dorjderem Germany Katrine Elbo Denmark Inese Fedorovska Latvia Ilze Gagaine Latvia Katarzyna Gluza Poland Maria Hamela Germany Songhee Han Germany Margarita Kairova Latvia

Maria Kesvatera Estonia Aleksandra Kolasińska Poland Alisa Kopac Poland Marike Kruup Estonia Liga Kuzmane Latvia Pauliina Leeamari Lehtinen Finland Brigid Leman Germany Marzena Malinowska Poland Elin Kleppa Michalsen Norway Lev Mikhailovskii Russia Katazyna Narkevic Lithuania David Niemann Germany Natalia Niklas Poland

Helga Luksevica Latvia Ruslan Nabiyev Russia Madara Norbũte Latvia Igne Pikalaviciute Lithuania Paula Schieferecke Germany Ruth Spargo Sweden Justyna Straszyńska Poland Darta Svetina Latvia Anna Veselova Latvia Giedrius Zukauskas Lithuania Oksana Zyablikova Russiassia

Nadežda Ochrimenko Lithuania Mihoko Okajima Poland Daana Ots Estonia Zydre Ovsiukaite Lithuania Kristiãna Ozoliņa Latvia Mariya Potapova Russia Jekaterina Sata Latvia Dalia Simaškaitė Lithuania Liene Skujiņa Latvia Madli Sokk Estonia Mateusz Strzelecki Poland Annie Svedlund Sweden Agnieszka Swigut Poland Katarzyna Sylla Poland Katarzyna Szymczyk Poland Mari Targo Estonia Renata Ulumbekova Russia Daria Upolovnikova Russia Liis-Helena Väljamäe Estonia Giedrė Žarėnaitė Lithuania Diana Zaviryukha Russia Albert Zorilla Agut Estonia

▸ Double Bass

Anton Afanasenka Russia Anne Auerbach Germany Flora Bartanyi Germany Jordi Anton Carrasco Hjelm Sweden Kirill Dubovik Russia Berkcan Ertan Germany Johann Nikolaus Franz Germany Wojciech Guminski Poland Konrad Hartig Germany Andreas Hjorth Jessen Denmark Rafal Kierpiec Poland Mattias Hanskov Palm Sweden Maria del Carmen Torrano Finland Regina Udod Estoniaa

▸ Viola

Malgorzata Blaszczyk Poland Sophie Bretschneider Germany Mikolaj Debski Poland Ekaterina Gaidareva Russia Justyna Joanna Górska Poland Zane Kalniņa Latvia Mintautas Kriščiũnas Lithuania Joanna Laczmanska Poland Katarzyna Lucja Litwiniuk Poland Julija Makarina Latvia Mairit Mitt Estonia Anastasiia Nilova Russia Ugnė Petrauskaite Lithuania Karolis Rudokas Lithuania Trine Philip Rønn Denmark Lucas Schwengebecher Germany Maria Stanienda Poland Oili Matilda Tuhkanen Finland Santa Vizine Latvia Hao Yu Germany

▸ Flute

Josefiina Dunder Germany Jonathan Henderson Germany Lauma Ilsuma Latvia Evgeniya Kossmann Russia Francisco Lopez Martin Sweden Heili Rosin Estonia Ann Sophie Rønne-Hansen Denmarkn ▸ Oboe Lisa Bergmann Germany Jung-Jun Ham Germany Théophile Hartz Germany Midori Kagaya Germany Ximena Poveda Viera Germany Ekaterina Skidanova Russia ▸ Clarinet Yvonne Böhm Germany Jason Denner Germany Dominik Gredzinski Poland Mor Levin Poland Alexey Mikhaylenko Russia

▸ Cello Joanna Cieslak Poland Anu Keski-Saari Finland Medina Kulova Germany



Anton Hugosson Sweden Michal Jedynak Poland Wictor Lind Sweden Angelina Mangs Sweden Øyvind Øksnes Norway Victor Pradillos Belloso Denmark Aleksander Wnuk Poland Anna Zeltzer Germany


▸ Harp Alida Fabris Sweden Zuzanna Olbrys Poland Ysella Almaqvist Sweden

▸ Saxophone

Marina Moyà Flaquer Germany ▸ Bassoon

Leann Currie Norway Andreas Lyeteg Sweden Pedro Pérez Conejero Sweden Arseniy Shkaptsov Russia Alise Timermane Sweden Marcin Wosiński Poland

▸ Piano Jiwoo Lee Germany Eun-Jung Son Germany ▸ Assistant Conductors

Giancarlo Rizzi Finland Jon Eric Kim Svinghammar Sweden Jan Wierzba Poland

▸ French Horn

Radu Andrei Germany Mats A. Johansson Sweden Petter Lindahl Sweden Andreas Lundmark Sweden Kreete Perandi Estonia Pedro Silva Germany Dennis Vasiliev Sweden

▸ Student Composers

Rickard Age Sweden Alberto Cara Italy Alfred Jimenez Villafana Sweden

FACULTY 2012 ▸

Excellence in education

▸ Kurt Masur Masterclass Students

Seokwon Hong South Korea Chin-Chao Lin Taiwan Gemma New New Zealand Andrey Rubtsov Russia Kah Chun Wong Singapore Hyun Jin Yun South Korea Johannes Zurl Germany

▸ Trumpet

Bogdan Dekhtiaruk Russia Jens Emil Holm Denmark Hans Jacob Germany Jonas Larsson Sweden Aleksey Nikiforov Russia Manuel Peitzker Germany Peter Vallebo Denmark

▸ Administration/Staff

Thomas Hummel Executive Director Daniela Rose General Manager Ellen Wölk Operations Manager Marili Werle Project Manager Julia Förster Project Manager Kerstin A. Dorscht Marketing Manager Bettina Schimmer Press Officer Christopher Nimz Assistant to Executive Director Ernst-Ulrich Kammradt Stage Manager Patrick Maibom Stage Manager Sabine Knodt & Erik Wilke Assistants to Project Managers

▸ Trombone

Martin Chorell Sweden Hans-Peter Oberlander Germany Marton Regöczi Germany Ingrid Bergaas Utne Norway Sarah Zemp Germany ▸ Tuba Mateusz Dudek Germany Vinjar Hambro Norway ▸ Percussion

Maria Finkelmeier Sweden Péter Fodor Finland


Kristjan Järvi’s handpicked team of coaches is a faculty of internationally renowned instrumentalists.

Jan Bjøranger violin Paul Cortese viola Claes Gunnarsson cello Sébastien Dubé double bass Alison Mitchell flute/woodwinds Martin Kuuskmann woodwinds Lasse Luckow Mauritzen french horn Charlie Porter brass Damien Bassman percussion Gert Sørensen percussion Philip Traugott orchestra coach & recording producer Daniel Schnyder composer


BALTIC YOUTH PHILHARMONIC ▸ Born on the Island of Usedom


Olli Mustonen, Nina Stemme, Bo Skovhus as well as Jan Garbarek and the Esbjörn Svensson Trio enthralled their audiences. The »Peenemünde Concerts«, frequently featuring the NDR Symphony Orchestra, are among the highlights of the more than 40 events presented by the Festival each year. The series began in 2002 when Mstislav Rostropovich conducted Benjamin Britten’s »War Requiem« at this former Nazi rocket testing compound, a signal for peace and reconciliation. The »Peenemünde Concerts« have been attended by such prominent guests as HRH Queen Silvia of Sweden, HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Prime Minister of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis and the Presidents of Germany Johannes Rau and Horst Köhler. In 2013 the musical and cultural life of Estonia will be the focus of the Usedom Music Festival.

he home base of BYP is the Baltic Island of Usedom. Here the idea of the joint initiative by the Usedom Music Festival, its Artistic Director Thomas Hummel and Nord Stream AG was born in 2008. Located on the German-Polish border, the festival has been presenting the music of the Baltic Sea region. Every year in the autumn, the Usedom Music Festival celebrates the cultural diversity, but also the common heritage of the Baltic Sea States. It has become a cultural highly respected podium of the Baltic Sea. According to the Financial Times it belongs »to the most important dates in the German music calendar«. It seeks to promote musical exchange and international understanding. Thus, it has presented the musical life of Russia, Poland, the Baltic States, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Conductors and soloists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alan Gilbert, Neeme Järvi, Gidon Kremer,

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IMPRINT PUBLISHER Baltic Youth Philharmonic in cooperation with Nord Stream AG EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Thomas Hummel CD Recorded at the Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, August 07 – 15, 2012 Recording Producers Philip Traugott (Strauss, Hindemith, Age, Jimenez, Cara) Ý0DUF6FKHWWNH (Gelgotas) Ý0DULXV+HXVHU(Stenhammar) Ý-RQDV+ŒJHU(Daniel Schnyder) Balance Engineers Jan Oldrup/Danish Radio (Strauss, Hindemith, Age, Jimenez, Cara) Ý Christian Alpen, Luisa Sachs, Boris-Alexander Bolles (Gelgotas, Stenhammar, Daniel Schnyder)

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