Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, John Storgårds and Leila Josefowicz

John Storgårds (photo: Marco Borggreve)

The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie justifiably calls itself the “Orchestra of the Future” – indeed, its members are some of the top students of German-speaking music conservatories, and thus the professional orchestral musicians of tomorrow. The programme, under the direction of John Storgårds, principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, comprises Sibelius’s Second Symphony, Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin ballet music and Matthias Pintscher’s Violin Concerto mar’eh, and offers a musical journey from late Romanticism from a modern classic to the present day. The soloist is violinist Leila Josefowicz, who demonstrates whenever she performs it just how enthralling contemporary music can sound.

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

John Storgårds conductor

Leila Josefowicz violin

Béla Bartók

The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite, Sz 73

Matthias Pintscher

mar’eh for violin and orchestra

Leila Josefowicz violin

Jean Sibelius

Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 43

Dates and Tickets

Tue 19 Mar 2024, 20:00

Main Auditorium

Biographies

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

They  have  dubbed themselves the  "orchestra of the future"; the  Junge  Deutsche  Philharmonie is driven by its desire to shape the musical world of tomorrow.  Democratically organised and highly qualified, its members like to question established traditions. The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie brings together the best students from German-speaking music academies and regularly tours Europe's major concert halls. With their focus on contemporary music, the ensemble’s concerts are an invitation to discovery; major symphonic repertoire and historical performance practice are also represented. The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie has partnerships with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra’s members pass on their passion for music-making in education projects, for example as part of long-term collaborations with schools in the Rhine-Main region. For many professional orchestras, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie is an important seal of quality for training, as it bridges the gap between study and career. Its alumni can be found in the ranks of leading orchestras, or teaching at universities. Several acclaimed ensembles have also emerged from the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, including the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Resonanz and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

John Storgårds

"Playing the violin and conducting make a good combination,” says John Storgårds. “In fact I need to play the violin; it helps me to develop myself further." The Finnish-born musician has established himself in the music world as both an orchestral conductor and a violinist. Storgårds initially studied the violin with the legendary Chaim Taub in Israel. He became concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra before studying conducting with Jorma Panula and Eri Klas at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Storgårds has gained international acclaim for his dynamic and nuanced performances as well as for his creative programming. "Nowadays," says the self-confessed Harnoncourt admirer, "you can jump into the style of Mozart, Schumann or Shostakovich, so to speak, because you know how to alter your technique – for example  in  bowing - in order to express the stylistic differences appropriate to specific repertoire." Today, John Storgårds, currently conductor of the BBC Philharmonic and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra, is a regular guest with many leading orchestras. His broad repertoire includes symphonies by Sibelius, Nielsen, Bruckner, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann as well as rarities by Scandinavian composers such as Hafliði Hallgrímsson, Leevi Madetoja, Selim Palmgren and Uuno Klami. He also regularly tackles new works, many of which are dedicated to him - including Per Nørgård's Eighth Symphony and Kaija Saariaho's Nocturne for solo violin.

Leila Josefowicz

The discovery and dissemination of newly-composed pieces is at the core of Leila Josefowicz's artistic mission. Over the past twenty-five years, the Canadian violinist has premiered many works by composers such as John Adams, Thomas Adès, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews, Steven Mackey, Luca Francesconi and Matthias Pintscher. She sees the technical difficulties often associated with new music as a creative challenge. “People thought the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto was impossible when it was new,” she explains. “Now it’s part of the standard repertoire.” Leila Josefowicz made her Carnegie Hall debut at 16 and studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she focused primarily on the traditional repertoire. In 1994, in Minnesota, she played the world premiere of John Adams' Violin Concerto.  “It was the first really big leap that I took after I graduated from the Curtis Institute,” she remembers. “It was a whole different world for me to enter. And I knew that this was the path for me.” In 2008, Leila Josefowicz received the American MacArthur Foundation Award for her commitment to contemporary music. In March 2015, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Alan Gilbert, she presented the world premiere of Adams' "Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra" Scheherazade.2.

Leila Josefowicz (photo: Tom Zimberoff)

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (photo: Achim Reissner)

A Finn in Berlin

Jean Sibelius and the Berliner Philharmoniker