Academy Concert II

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

Enno Poppe, conductor
Saunders | Djordjević | Poppe

This concert will take place with the original programme in the Main Hall of the Philharmonie but with a reduced seating capacity. As a result, already purchased tickets are no longer valid.
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Peter Weibel, The Globe as a Suitcase, 2004

Peter Weibel, The Globe as a Suitcase, 2004

Photo: Oleksandr Samoylyk, Wikimedia Commons

Today, it is almost a matter of course: Great, renowned orchestras host academies for the emerging generation of artists. Young musicians receive an excellent education which, however, is often mainly geared towards the solo repertoire. Here, they have the opportunity of perfecting their art side by side with experienced and excellent professional musicians – in orchestral and ensemble music, chamber music and cooperative solo projects. However, when Herbert von Karajan took the initiative to found an academy with the Berliner Philharmoniker nearly half a century ago, this was a pioneering feat.

At the beginning of this season, the work of the Karajan Academy will focus on contemporary music. Enno Poppe, a composer, conductor and clear, convincing champion of New Music, will be at the helm. His own work demonstrates the art of creating polymorphous and extensive connections from a succinct central idea, a compositional molecule, as it were. A performance of Rebecca Saunders’ analysis of the concertante as an exposed and interactive expression and her equally wild and sensitive piece for double bass concludes and rounds out one of this year’s Musikfest Berlin’s main focus themes. Milica Djordević has won this year’s Claudio Abbado Composition Prize, and she also received a commission from the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic for a new work that will be premiered that evening.

Concert Programme

Rebecca Saunders (*1967)
Double concerto for violin and trumpet, ensemble and 11 musical clocks(1999)

Rebecca Saunders
f0r double bass solo (2005)

Milica Djordjević (*1984)
New Work (2020)
Commissioned by Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker in connection with the awarding of the Claudio-Abbado-Composition-Prize 2020.
World premiere

Enno Poppe (*1969)
for large ensemble (2013)


Alexander Arai-Swale double bass
N.N. violin
N.N. trumpet

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker
Enno Poppe conductor

A Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation event in cooperation with Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin