Our ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour in March is inspired by nature and the Northern Lights, as well as by the fairytale magic of Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty. The tour takes us to five major venues, some of them new to the orchestra, others warmly familiar. The opening concert (11 March) will be the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s first performance in the Lithuanian resort town of Palanga, home to a state-of-the-art circular concert hall that was completed in 2015. We’ll then travel to Riga (12 March) and the Great Guild Concert Hall, scene of our first ever concert in June 2008. The Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn, the city of Kristjan’s birth, welcomes us back on 16 March for the first time in three years. The next day, in Helsinki, we’ll be making our debut at the Alvar Aalto-designed Finlandia Hall. And for the final concert of the tour, on 19 March, we’ll return to the renowned Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, this time to play in the ultra-modern Mariinsky II.

Two soloists will join us for ‘Nordic Pulse’. David Nebel will perform Pēteris Vasks’s meditative second violin concerto Vientuļais Eņģelis(Lonely Angel) and Gediminas Gelgotas’s 2018 Violin Concerto, a piece that was written for David, who describes it as ‘powerful and physical music, but also very atmospheric, with an impressionistic feel about it’. We’re also excited to be working for the first time with Estonian singer-songwriter Mick Pedaja, who will open each concert for us. Mick cites nature as one of his biggest inspirations, and for the Baltic Sea Philharmonic the ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour will reaffirm our commitment to nature and the environment. Our partnership with the John Nurminen Foundation in Finland will see one Euro of every ticket sold for our Helsinki concert go towards the Foundation’s projects to protect the waters of the Baltic Sea. We will also be giving a special extra concert in St. Petersburg on 21 March for delegates to the 20th annual Baltic Sea Day, an international forum that focuses on ways to protect the Baltic Sea marine environment.

Alongside the Gelgotas and Vasks concertos, the ‘Nordic Pulse’ programme will feature Kristjan’s piece Aurora, inspired by the magical lights of the aurora borealis, and a memorised performance of Kristjan’s arrangement of the concert suite from Tchaikovsky’s great fairytale ballet The Sleeping Beauty.

See our 2019 ‘Nordic Pulse’ concert calendar here and get your tickets now


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After the orchestra’s striking innovations of 2017 – the revolutionary ‘Waterworks’ concert experience in collaboration with Sunbeam Productions, plus the first ever memorised performance of Stravinsky’s The Firebird– 2018 was another landmark year for the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, not least because we were celebrating ten years since the orchestra’s foundation.

Our anniversary season kicked off in July with three concerts at the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Bad Kissingen, Germany, where we gave the world premiere of Gediminas Gelgotas’s Violin Concerto with violinist David Nebel, and performed an enthusiastically received school concert. In September we toured Italy, Germany and Poland with ‘Nordic Pulse’, a new programme celebrating both our tenth anniversary and 100 years since the declarations of independence by Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Poland.

We ended the year with a momentous ‘Waterworks’ tour of the United Arab Emirates in November. This was the orchestra’s first ever tour outside Europe, and the first tour on which the orchestra performed all the music from memory. The immersive ‘Waterworks’ experience thrilled more than 2,800 concert goers at the Dubai Opera and the sold-out Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. In 2018 as a whole, the orchestra performed to a total audience of 10,800 across ten concerts in five countries.

Watch highlights of the September 2018 ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour on our YouTube channel here


‘Nordic Pulse’, ‘Midnight Sun’ and ‘Divine Geometry’ are the three major tours for the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi in 2019. Each one promises to be an exhilarating adventure, with new music, new collaborations and a country premiere all part of the excitement. This year will once again see the orchestra performing in some of Europe’s most prestigious concert venues, including Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Philharmonie in Berlin and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. We’ll also be returning to some of our favourite festivals – the Merano Music Festival in Italy and the Usedom Music Festival in Germany.

Joining us on our ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour in March is Swiss violinist David Nebel, who made his debut with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic last July, and who’ll be performing concertos by Gediminas Gelgotas and Pēteris Vasks this time. Also returning as a soloist is Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen, who’ll be playing no fewer than four pieces with the orchestra on its ‘Midnight Sun’ tour of Germany in June and July. American pianist Simone Dinnerstein makes her debut with us in September, performing Philip Glass’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in ‘Divine Geometry’, a programme exploring the fascinating connections between Baroque music and Minimalism. The ‘Divine Geometry’ concert at the Usedom Music Festival on 21 September will be extra special, as it will include the German premiere of Steve Reich’s 2018 work Music forEnsemble and Orchestra, a piece co-commissioned by the Baltic Sea Philharmonic with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Last November’s experience of performing the entire ‘Waterworks’ programme from memory in Dubai and Abu Dhabi was such a success that the musicians will be playing another full programme by heart this year, on the ‘Midnight Sun’ tour. Memorised performances have become a trademark of the orchestra, and they’ll be more of them to come in 2019.

See our concert calendar at this blog for the latest details about our 2019 tours

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