The Baltic Sea Philharmonic is continuing to plan for live concerts later this year. Subject to the progress of the pandemic and the impact of related restrictions, the orchestra will make its Romanian debut with performances on 30 and 31 August at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest. There it will collaborate with pianist Maria João Pires and violinist Viktoria Mullova in two contrasting programmes, one featuring music by Mozart and Enescu, and the other including works by Arvo Pärt and Tchaikovsky. The orchestra and Kristjan Järvi will also make its annual visit to the Usedom Music Festival in September, performing a new ‘Nordic Swans’ programme featuring music by Arvo Pärt, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. The ‘Nordic Swans’ tour in September will also hopefully include the Szczenin concert that was originally planned for March.
Engaged and creative throughout the pandemic, last year the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi proved that they are not only a good team on stage, but also work wonderfully in their separate spaces, and can get things going virtually. We are particularly proud of ‘Musical Chain’, an idea which was developed during the first lockdown as an innovative and digital project in which the musicians reinterpret well-known musical works and record themselves playing them at home. Four impressive ‘Musical Chain’ videos have already been released, which you can watch on our YouTube channel. ‘Musical Chain’ will continue in 2021 with exciting remixes and guest artists.
Do you remember the ‘Bastille Reorchestrated’ concert last January at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg? For the charity concert organised by Channel Aid, Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic shared the stage with the British pop band Bastille. Amazon Music exclusively released a new single recorded live at the spectacular show in Hamburg on 15 January: ‘Warmth Reorchestrated’. We will have more exciting news about the cooperation with Bastille on our Facebook and Instagram channels in the coming weeks.
With the ‘Digital Talent Tour’ we have not cancelled our recruitment drive, but rather moved it into the digital space. This week, from 18 to 22 January, the second round of online auditions is taking place, giving new talents the chance to join the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s pool of musicians. Via live video conferencing, Kristjan Järvi and our principal musicians will meet applicants from all over the Baltic Sea region.
While we wait to see you again at live concerts, please subscribe to our Spotify channel. Here you can listen to the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s version of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. We promise you, it’s worth it!