At the invitation of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Symphony No. 9
In 1974 a few young musicians who had just grown out of the Federal Youth Orchestra founded their own orchestra: the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. Since then it has developed into one of the most sought-after orchestras of young talents in Germany, and many other renowned ensembles have developed out of it (for example Ensemble Modern and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen).
For prospective professional musicians, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie provides an important complement to conservatory studies, since it offers students qualified orchestra practice – in collaboration with prestigious conductors and soloists like Pierre Boulez, Christian Tetzlaff, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Tabea Zimmermann and many others. Strict selection procedures ensure that the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie offers concert experiences at the highest level. It’s for good reason that former members of the group can be found in the ranks of almost all the major symphony orchestras, where they in turn support the fostering of musical talent as teachers.
Paying a guest visit in the Berliner Philharmonie, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie under Jonathan Nott’s musical direction will present Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, which advances far into the field of new music in terms of tone formation and musical shape. Since its premiere on 26 June 1912 after the composer’s death, the work’s reception centres around concepts like “parting” and “death” – and it is no coincidence that one can find handwritten lines in Mahler’s manuscript reading “O days of youth! Vanished! O Love! Scattered!” and “Farewell! Farewell!”