Orchestra Portrait

The German-Nordic Youth Philharmonic (Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugend-Philharmonie) is an international youth symphony orchestra that comes together once a year for a week long intensive orchestra project: a course that culminates in a concert at the Berliner Philharmonie. The first ‘’German-Nordic Philharmonic Week’’ took place in the New Year week of 1981/1982 thanks to the composer and conductor Andreas Peer Kähler, who founded the orchestra and is still its artistic director and principal conductor.

The orchestra course gives the young musicians who participate practical experience of what it’s like to play in an orchestra and the opportunity to work on a demanding concert programme with the guidance of an experienced team of teachers and musicians. There are normally about ninety participants: some are students from European conservatoires, others are already young professionals and musicians who’s aim is to play in a professional orchestra.

The concert programmes that the German-Nordic Youth Philharmonic prepares are focused on typically Nordic subjects. During the concerts the conductor talks about each piece, explaining them and  giving interesting background information about the composers and their works. It is hoped that, through its performances, the orchestra can increase the popularity and appeal of Nordic music in Germany. Every year a specific theme is chosen and in the last few years the orchestra has been commissioning compositions  directly related to it. Traditionally, the final concert at the end of each course takes place in the Berliner Philharmonie and since 2006 the orchestra has also performed a guest concert in the Lübecker Musik- und Kongresshalle.

The German-Nordic Youth Philharmonic has been registered as a non-profit association since 1988 and is now also a corporate member of the NGO Jeunesses Musicales Germany. The patrons of the orchestra courses are the Governing Mayor of Berlin and the Embassies of the Nordic countries, each of which take it in turn to fund the annual project, based on the particular theme chosen that year.

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