Encounter with young talent

100 extraordinarily talented young musicians come together regularly to work with renowned conductors and teachers in the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. The Berliner Philharmoniker became patrons of the orchestra in 2013 and will contribute the soloists to this colourful programme. Sebastian Weigle, general music director of the Frankfurt Opera, will conduct.


Sebastian Weigle Conductor

Stefan Dohr, Stefan de Leval Jezierski, Sarah Willis, Andrej Žust Horn

Teresa Schwamm Viola

Ludwig Quandt Cello

At the Invitation of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Manuel de Falla

El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat), Suites No. 1 and No. 2

Robert Schumann

Concert Piece for four horns and orchestra in F major

Stefan Dohr, Stefan de Leval Jezierski, Sarah Willis, Andrej Žust Horn

Richard Strauss

Don Quixote

Teresa Schwamm Viola, Ludwig Quandt Cello

Dates and Tickets


They are between the ages of 15 and 19, outstanding instrumentalists already and passionate about classical music: young musicians who are accepted into the National Youth Orchestra get the opportunity to gain initial experience in an orchestra at a professional level. During their sojourn in the orchestra, it is not uncommon for participants to decide this is the professional path they want to take: orchestral musician. Many members of the Berliner Philharmoniker were initially involved in the National Youth Orchestra.

Since 2008, the orchestra, for which the Berlin Philharmonic became patrons in 2013, makes one guest appearance per season in Hans Scharoun’s concert hall. But this concert is a special one because five of the six soloists are members of the Berlin Philharmonic: principal horn Stefan Dohr and hornists Stefan de Leval Jezierski, Sarah Willis and Andrej Žust will interpret the solo parts in Robert Schumann’s Konzertstück for four horns – highly demanding in terms of playing technique. The composer was inspired to create this work in 1849 by the invention of the valve horn, relatively new at the time and not without controversy.

Principal cello Ludwig Quandt from the ranks of the Berlin Philharmonic, together with violist Theresa Schwamm, former member of the National Youth Orchestra and founding member of the Armida Quartet, will musically bring to life the two characters Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Don Quixote op. 35. The concert, conducted by Sebastian Weigle, will begin with the two orchestra suites from Manuel de Falla’s ballet El sombrero de tres picos.

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