From the moment we launched in 2008, education has always been at the heart of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s mission. The foundation of our education activities was and remains the intensive coaching that the orchestra’s musicians receive from our team of renowned international coaches, many of whom have been with us from the beginning. Through our Academy LAB, we widened this specialist training to include young conductors and composers and embrace chamber music coaching and rhythm workshops. In 2013 the Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation was created as an organising body for the orchestra, to consolidate all our education activities and develop further music education projects with amateur musicians and choirs in the Baltic Sea region. School concerts have been a regular feature of our international tours, and from 2015 to 2017 we performed for almost 11,000 schoolchildren in Denmark as part of Danish Radio’s ‘Into the Music’ initiative to give children from rural Denmark the chance to hear live symphonic music in major urban concert halls.
Our latest educational projects include specialist coaching sessions on performing from memory and a workshop and concert collaboration with the Mädchenchor Hamburg, a girls choir that joined Kristjan and the orchestra at the Elbphilharmonie in August 2017 to perform Arvo Pärt’s lullaby Kuus, kuus kallike. Our longtime violin coach Jan Bjøranger worked alongside Kristjan to coach the musicians in playing by heart ahead of the orchestra’s 2017 ‘Baltic Folk’ tour, which featured the first ever memorised performances of Stravinsky’s The Firebird. In 2018 we are continuing this exciting initiative with more workshops in the run-up to our September ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour, when we will perform music by Sibelius and Imants Kalniņš from memory.
To find out how Jan Bjøranger works with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic players on memorised performance techniques, check out the Education section on our website