Janine Jansen (photo: Marco Borggreve)

Sakari Oramo and Janine Jansen with Sibelius’s Violin Concerto

Violinist Janine Jansen is able to bring out the subtlest nuances of a work with focussed, introspective playing. This skill makes her ideally suited to the demands of Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, with its delicate, clear-cut Nordic melodic lines. The conductor in this performance is Sakari Oramo, chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The Berliner Philharmoniker will also play the First Symphony by the Danish composer Rued Langgaard – an ecstatic, late Romantic rarity, which was premiered by the orchestra in 1913.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sakari Oramo conductor

Janine Jansen violin

Jean Sibelius

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, op. 47

Janine Jansen violin

Rued Langgaard

Symphony No. 1 “Cliffside Pastoral”

Note on the introductory event: A special introduction with Jesper Busk Sørensen, Esben Tange and Carsten Schmidt will be offered for the concerts in the Curt Sachs Hall of the State Institute for Music Research, Tiergartenstraße 1. Sarah Willis will be the moderator.

Dates and Tickets

Thu, 16 Jun 2022, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:15

Series G

Fri, 17 Jun 2022, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:15

Series D


Janine Jansen

Janine Jansen actually wanted to play the cello like her brother, but her parents, who are also musicians, persuaded her to learn the violin to “bring a little more variety into the family”, says Jansen. Good advice, since after completing her studies with distinction and making her debut at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in 1997 at the age of 19, the native of the Netherlands embarked on a breathtaking career. Her debut album was released in 2003, and her recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons the following year was an international success: it was number one on the digital music charts for weeks. Janine Jansen also displays new and unusually exciting facets of other well-known works from the repertoire, with creativity and a subtle feeling for nuances. Today she appears regularly with the most eminent conductors and orchestras throughout the world, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, with whom she made her debut in the Waldbühne in 2006. Janine Jansen is Guest Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, which she founded in 2003. She is also professor of violin at the Haute École de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg, where she has taught since 2019. The musician, who plays the Shumsky-Rode Stradivarius from 1715, has received numerous awards, among them the Johannes Vermeer Award from the Dutch government in 2018 and the Herbert von Karajan Prize in 2020.

Sakari Oramo

He generates “feverish energy” (BBC Music Magazine) and presents his audiences with interpretations that “really get under the skin” (The Telegraph). “The special intensity of orchestral playing,” says Sakari Oramo, “develops during the rehearsal; it comes from the atmosphere that you create together.” The Berliner Philharmoniker, continues the Finnish conductor, have “so much energy” that one “only has to guide them where the music requires it. In some passages you take energy out, in others you put more in. It’s a balancing act.” Oramo, born in Helsinki, began his musical career as concertmaster of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Only later did he study conducting at the Sibelius Academy with the renowned conductor and teacher Jorma Panula. In 1998 he succeeded Sir Simon Rattle at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which ventured a new beginning with great success: “I was still completely inexperienced at that time. I had never worked with an ensemble like that before,” says Oramo in retrospect. Today Sakari Oramo, who was chosen as Conductor of the Year by the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2015, is chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has continued his association with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as honorary conductor and appears as a guest with renowned orchestras worldwide.

Janine Jansen (photo: Marco Borggreve)

Sakari Oramo (photo: Benjamin Ealovega)

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The Danish composer Rued Langgaard

Special introduction

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