Baltic Sea Philharmonic
Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
Soloist: Alexander Toradze, piano
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic brings together leading orchestral musicians from the ten countries of the Baltic Sea region – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. Under the leadership of Kristjan Järvi, the ensemble performs wide-ranging repertoire from across the region, both classical masterpieces and special commissions from emerging composers, in celebration of the region’s cultural diversity. It upholds the principle that music can unite people of all nationalities and backgrounds and change society for the better, especially in a region that has historically been divided.
The newly formed Baltic Sea Philharmonic will make its inaugural tour in April 2016, under the baton of Founding Conductor and Music Director Kristjan Järvi. The orchestra starts its ‘Baltic Sea Landscapes’ programme in the heart of the Baltic Sea region, in the sea ports of Liepāja (Latvia), Klaipeda (Lithuania), and Tallinn (Estonia), and then goes on to Helsinki (Finland) as well as St. Petersburg and Moscow (Russia).
Repertoire for the Baltic Sea Landscapes tour reflects the organisation’s championing of the environment – the sea, the nature and the landscapes – including Jean Sibelius’s Karelia Suite, Arvo Pärt’s Swansong, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Gediminas Gelgotas’s Mountains. Waters. (Freedom). World-renowned Russian pianist Alexander Toradze joins the orchestra for the entire ‘Baltic Sea Landscapes’ tour as soloist to perform Prokofiev, whose 125th anniversary the musicians will celebrate on 23 April with a concert in Moscow.
Concern for the environment is a key part of Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s philosophy, and the programme of the ‘Baltic Sea Landscapes’ tour reflects this. Kristjan Järvi explained: ‘The tour takes us through a journey of Baltic Sea ports, bringing the environment into focus, with pieces that come from the area and are written by composers who have been inspired by nature. It’s music that makes you feel the Northern Lights, the ice, the cold wind, the forests, the incredible feeling when you jump into the lakes. The whole mentality and way of being of the region is formed by nature, which is why you have these great composers.’
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic is the sister orchestra of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic (BYP) which was founded in 2008 as a joint initiative of the Usedom Music Festival and Nord Stream AG, who have continued to support the orchestra ever since. Both orchestras are run by the Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation e.V. www.bmef.eu
Place: Great Hall
Baltic Sea Landscapes
Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Op. 11
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
Arvo Pärt: Swansong
Gediminas Gelgotas: Mountains. Waters. (Freedom)
Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird (1945)