The Baltic Sea Philharmonic is a new paradigm for music making in the 21st century. Its concerts are a unique spectacle of sound, light, visual art and technology; its passion for playing orchestral works from memory transforms the musical experience for both players and audiences; and its performances, under the electrifying baton of Music Director Kristjan Järvi, have a special energy that’s infectious. But even more than this, as a community of musicians from ten Nordic countries, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic transcends boundaries and has become a movement for bringing people together. Embodying all that is innovative and progressive about the Nordic region, this visionary ensemble is taking the traditional orchestral model further than ever before. ‘It is a living breathing creature, with boundless energy and enthusiasm for the new – an adventure in itself,’ says Kristjan Järvi.
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2018.Bringing together musicians from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic started life in 2008 as the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic. Immediately acclaimed for its performances and its powerful message of unity in a historically divided region, it was soon playing at the most prestigious concert halls and festivals in Europe, and with the world’s finest artists, from Julia Fischer and Valentina Lisitsa to Jonas Kaufmann and Kurt Masur. In 2015 its achievements were honoured with the prestigious European Culture Prize by the European Culture Foundation ‘Pro Europe’. As its international reputation grew, so did its educational ambitions: it expanded the training and professional development opportunities for its musicians, and began a multi-year partnership with Danish Radio to give school concerts in Denmark. In 2016 the newly renamed Baltic Sea Philharmonic collaborated with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica. The orchestra’s tours in 2017 included ‘Waterworks’, a groundbreaking water-themed fusion of music, light, sound design, visual art and fashion in collaboration with Sunbeam Productions. Also in 2017, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic gave the first ever memorised performance of Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
In 2018 the Baltic Sea Philharmonic celebrates both its tenth anniversary and 100 years of independence for Finland, the Baltic States and Poland with ‘Nordic Pulse’, a new programme of music by leading Nordic composers which the orchestra and Kristjan Järvi will tour to Italy, Germany, and Poland in September. The orchestra will also tour its groundbreaking ‘Waterworks’ programme in 2018 with a concert in Germany in July and a tour of the United Arab Emirates in November.