The musical future of the Baltic Sea: Education with the Usedom Music Festival

The Usedom Music Festival is dedicated to promoting music in a variety of projects. Usedom is also the birthplace of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in 2008 by festival director Thomas Hummel and Nord Stream AG. Every year it gathers around 100 talented musicians between the ages of 18 and 30 from music academies around the Baltic Sea and unites them in one ensemble. Chief conductor and artistic director is Este Kristjan Järvi. The orchestra tours the Baltic Sea region every year and performs during the Usedom Music Festival in Peenemünde.

In 2012 and 2013 the first patron and honorary patron of the Usedom Music Festival Kurt Masur gave his international master classes for young conductors. The Maestro and the young conductors concluded their joint work with a concert together with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic at the Usedom Music Festival.

The internationally renowned cellist, chamber musician and conductor David Geringas conducts a master class for musically gifted students together with the Usedom Music Festival every year. The courses are embedded in the special programme "Ostsee-Musikforum". Traditionally, a creative exchange between students, Professor Geringas, invited professional musicians and composers is offered here. Finally, the work of the master classes results in workshops and concerts that take place within the framework of the Usedom Music Festival.

Since 1994 there has also been a cooperation with the renowned Young Concert Artists New York. The Usedom Music Festival presents the winners of the final rounds in Leipzig and New York in concerts. The non-profit foundation Young Concert Artists founded careers for world stars such as Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet or Pinchas Zukerman.


On the initiative of the Achterkerke- und Sparkassen Stiftung Vorpommern, our commitment to local children and young people deepens the Young Usedom Music Festival. International artists pass on their experiences to young music students in workshops. In addition, the festival goes directly to the school classes to give the children playful access to music with their own projects. In addition, the prizewinners of the "Jugend musiziert" competition from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will have the opportunity to present themselves and their art during the festival.