International music project with orchestras from Hamburg and The Hague
Over 100 German and Dutch talented young musicians in the age of 15 up to 25
unite to form an extra large symphony orchestra to play in the AMARE concert hall
on 3 July 2022. The two orchestras, the Hamburg State Youth Orchestra (LJO) and Viotta Symphony Orchestra (SO) from The Hague, will play Tchaikovsky’s
spectacular 4th symphony.
Only half a year ago the orchestras found each other in their desire to finally perform for large live audiences again after too many lockdown periods. Coincidentally, they happened to be rehearsing the same symphonic work by Tchaikovsky. The idea to unite and stage this exhilarating work together was then quickly born.
The guests from Hamburg will stay with guest families in The Hague. On the first
day rehearsals have been scheduled in a renovated barn in the Dutch countryside
amongst the windmills of the village Stompwijk. There is also some leisure time
reserved for sightseeing downtown The Hague, followed by a dinner at the beach.
Sunday afternoon July 3rd is the highlight of the project, a joint performance in
AMARE, hopefully with an immense, live audience.
Tchaikovsky XL Concert
AMARE Concert hall, amare.nl
14.30 hrs, 3 July 2022
€15,- adults, €10,- up to 26 years old
Les Préludes, Franz Liszt by Viotta SO
Moldau, Bedrich Smetana by Viotta SO
-intervalSymphony no. 4, Pjotr Iljitsj Tchaikovsky by LJO and Viotta SO
conductor: René Gulikers
Hamburg State Youth Orchestra
Wednesday 25 May 2022
The Hamburg State Youth Orchestra was founded in 1968 – it is Hamburg’s oldest
youth orchestra. The 60-70 young musicians between the age of 14 and 25 meet up for weekly rehearsals in the surroundings of the harbour of Hamburg. In two
rehearsal periods a year, they work together on major works of orchestral literature.
The repertoire of the self-selected programs includes a wide range from baroque
concertos and romantic symphonies to contemporary works and crossover
The members work with great dedication not only on the music, but also on the
organization required to make music together. The board of the self-governed
orchestra cooperates closely with the Landesmusikrat Hamburg e. V. (Hamburg
State Music Council). Since 2005, the Hamburg State Youth Orchestra has been
under its sponsorship and is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the
Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
Conductor: Johannes Witt
VIOTTA Youth Orchestras
Viotta Youth Orchestras is an association founded in The Hague, consisting of five
orchestras of more than 250 young musicians in the age of 6 up to 25 years old.
The Viotta Symphony Orchestra which will perform in this concert is the most
advanced of the five orchestras and has approximately 55 members. René Gulikers is the conductor of this orchestra.
The mission of Viotta Youth Orchestras is to stimulate the personal and musical
development of young musicians by providing a safe, inspiring learning environment to enjoy music making in a symphony orchestra. The association was founded in 1989 and is named after the founder of the Residentieorkest, Henri Viotta, who was also a strong advocate of music education.
This project has been financially supported by the following sponsors:
• Landesmusikrat der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg (lmr-hamburg.de)
• Goethe-Institut (goethe.de)
• Cultuurschakel (cultuurschakel.nl)