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Enthusiastic

We are music students dedicated to orchestra work – tomorrow’s professional orchestra musicians.
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Accomplished

Through auditions, we prove our qualifications for working with internationally leading conductors, soloists and docents. We are united by our studies at German-language music academies – our foundation.
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Trend-setting

We question traditions and interpretations, provide new impulses to ears and brains, develop new performance practices and formats – we think outside the box.
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Representative

We have a mission: to continue the living German-European music tradition. That is why we tour all over the world.
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Active

Because of our orchestra’s democratic constitution, we plan, administer and educate. Being a musician means more than just playing.
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We keep things moving!

The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie brings together excellent young musicians from German-language music academies, selected through auditions, and forms them into a musically demanding ensemble. In addition to the symphonic repertoire there are focuses on contemporary and on early music. It is part of the democratic constitution of the orchestra that its musicians serve on numerous committees. Through work in the Executive Committee, program planning and thematic workshops as well as educational outreach, members of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie acquire qualifications that go beyond musical performance. Thus, it forms an important link between the education offered by music academies and professional careers. The orchestra members, aged 18 to 28, meet several times a year for concentrated rehearsal periods, followed by international concert tours and guest appearances. With its own biennial festival FREISPIEL, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie has also made its mark on cultural life in Frankfurt, offering cross-genre and experimental event formats.

The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie works regularly with internationally renowned artists. Since 2014, Jonathan Nott has been its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor; the appointment was made immediately after their first collaboration, a Mahler project in the spring of 2013. He follows Lothar Zagrosek who moulded the orchestra as Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor from 1995 to 2014. Other recent guest conductors have included David Afkham, George Benjamin, Ivor Bolton, Sylvain Cambreling, Dennis Russell Davies, Susanna Mälkki, Bruno Mantovani, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington and Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The players’ artistic skills have been enhanced by soloists such as Martin Fröst, Sol Gabetta, Martin Helmchen, Sergey Khachatryan, Truls Mørk, Sergei Nakariakov, Christiane Oelze, Julian Steckel, Antoine Tamestit, Christian Tetzlaff, Carolin Widmann and Jörg Widmann, and by working with composers including Beat Furrer, Heiner Goebbels, Enno Poppe, Wolfgang Rihm, José María Sánchez-Verdú, Jörg Widmann and Hans Zender.

The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie enjoys special partnerships with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the and the Berlin Philharmonic. From the 2015-2016 season on, the Bamberg Symphony will act as mentor to the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, with leading Orchestra members coaching their young colleagues in a yearly rehearsal workshop, followed by concerts in Bamberg. In addition, each year the Berlin Philharmonic invites the orchestra to the Philharmonie in Berlin, where its concerts are broadcast live via the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall.

In 1974, when they had just grown out of the German Federal Youth Orchestra, a group of young musicians founded a follow-on orchestra: the Federal Students’ Orchestra – Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. Today, former members of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie play in the leading orchestras and hold chairs at music academies. Another lasting influence is exerted through the other ensembles which grew out of the orchestra, for example the Ensemble Modern and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Ensemble Resonanz or the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

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