The Baltic Sea Philharmonic has been honoured to collaborate with many world-class soloists during the last ten years, among them such leading names as Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Julia Fischer, Jan Vogler, Martin Fröst and Alexander Toradze. Emerging international stars who have joined us in concert include the violinists Hyeyoon Park and Mikhail Simonyan and pianist Jan Lisiecki. Then there are also the talented composers whose works we have premiered, such as Gediminas Gelgotas, Niels Marthinsen and Daniel Schnyder. Guest conductors have included Kristjan’s father Neeme Järvi, and also Kurt Masur, who conducted the orchestra at the opening of the Usedom Music Festival in 2012 and again in 2013. Masur, who died in 2015 at the age of 88, played a vital role as peacemaker in Leipzig during protests against the East German regime in 1989, and later conducted the city’s Gewandhausorchester in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the official celebration of German reunification in 1990. For Kristjan, Masur’s role as a unifying voice in a divided Germany makes him an important personality in the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s history and identity: ‘He is one of the biggest heroes and role models we’ve been fortunate to have participate in our project. One of our clear missions is to unify East and West through music and culture, and to have Kurt Masur involved was a big stamp of approval, an endorsement that what we are doing is right.