In classical music, everybody admires the greatest conductors, the most well-known orchestra and the most renowned soloists. These stars of classical music get a lot of attention all over the world. They play in the biggest concerts halls and are the headliners of classical music festivals. But how does one become a classical music icon? What does it take to get to the top? And by giving the younger generation a bigger stage, will this also attract a younger audience? The younger classical generation presents Young Euro Classic!
Young Euro Classic was founded in 2000 in Berlin, Germany, to bring younger musicians together in orchestras. This way, the younger generation could meet and share their knowledge. Young Euro Classic is a 17-day summer course, but also an important platform for European classical music traditions and heritage. The young generation is the key to innovate and keep this tradition alive. During the summer, orchestras all over the world perform at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Their program consists of world-famous classical music works to local, unknown compositions.
During the concerts, the orchestras are accompanied by renowned soloists and led by great conductors. This event is one of the most important events of the year for these young musicians. A lot of orchestras are made up of youngsters from one country, but there are also mixed orchestras that break with the country boundaries. One of them is the 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.
You can now enjoy the Asian youth orchestra on Stingray Classica with other performances from the Young Euro Classic festival. From June 14 to 16 we dedicate our weekend to young classical musicians. Enjoy beautiful masterpieces such as Mahler – Symphony No. 1 and Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1.
For more information about the programs and the full schedule visit www.stingrayclassica.com.