Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra

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Since its founding in 1987 by Leonard Bernstein, the International Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival has enjoyed an outstanding reputation. It is the centrepiece of the pedagogical activities of the Festival, forming the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra anew every year. Tours take the orchestra to the European music metropolises and to the USA on a regular basis. Every summer, the Festival Orchestra is reconvened as an international youth orchestra. Young musicians who have passed the auditions held all over the world work on great orchestral literature with famous conductors. The works are prepared in sectional rehearsals and then rehearsed intensively during the full orchestral sessions. In addition to Principal Conductor Christoph Eschenbach, conductors like Kent Nagano, Iván Fischer, Christopher Hogwood, Manfred Honeck, Krzysztof Urbanski and many others work with the Festival Orchestra regularly.

August 18, 2017 8 pm

Konzerthaus, Berlin

Christoph Eschenbach

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Christoph Eschenbach has been closely associated with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival for almost two decades. Time and again, the pianist and conductor has rehearsed and performed fascinating programmes with the Festival Orchestra, whose chief conductor he has been since 2004 – their tours have regularly included Young Euro Classic. From 2010 to 2017 Eschenbach has also been the director of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. The 76-year-old continues to appear on all the world’s major concert stages. During the 2016/17 season, he conducts the Bamberger Philharmoniker, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, the SWR Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Other appearances include London, Paris and Madrid as well as North America and Asia. Last but not least, Eschenbach continues to perform as a piano soloist and in song recitals with the baritone Matthias Goerne.

Bruno Philippe

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The French cellist Bruno Philippe, born in Perpignan in 1993, studied with Jérôme Pernoo at the Conservatoire in Paris. Further studies took him to master courses with renowned cellists such as David Geringas, Steven Isserlis and Pieter Wispelwey. Since 2014 Philippe has been a student of Frans Helmerson’s at the Kronberg Academy in the Taunus in Germany. During that same year, he won a Third Prize and the Audience Prize at the ARD Competition in Munich and a Special Prize at the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann in Berlin. Philippe has appeared at innumerable festivals all over Europe; among his chamber music partners are Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Tabea Zimmermann and Antoine Tamestit. In 2015 his first CD was released, featuring the Cello Sonatas by Johannes Brahms.





Concerto for Cello No. 1 in C-Major Hob. VIIb.1 (1765)


“Turangalîla Symphony” for Piano and Large Orchestra (1948)

7 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Dr. Dieter Rexroth at the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free admission for ticket holders at 6:45 pm


Hardly an orchestra has such a long-standing and close connection with the festival Young Euro Classic as the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra: every year, the international ensemble visits Berlin after its intense rehearsal period in Rendsburg. In 2017 these brilliant musicians even open the festival on August 18. The SHFO looks back on 30 successful years, having been founded by the legendary Leonard Bernstein in 1987. An imposing number of prominent conductors has worked with the orchestra since then; this time, its chief conductor Christoph Eschenbach returns with the orchestra. Together they present a work that almost threatens to exceed the dimensions of the Konzerthaus: the enormous Turangalîla Symphony by the French composer Olivier Messiaen. A charming contrast will be provided by Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1, performed by the French newcomer Bruno Philippe.

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