Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra 2022: Registration is open now!

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After the corona-related break last year, 90 young talents from all over the world came together again this year at the Nordkolleg Rendsburg to form the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra (SHFO) and work on a total of nine concerts with great conductors. The application phase for the festival summer 2022 is now starting, and registration is now open

Since its foundation in 1987, the orchestra, which is newly formed every year, has enjoyed an excellent reputation. In auditions in 30 cities worldwide from December to February, the approximately 120 best are selected from all applicants aged 26 or under. The musicians receive a scholarship that includes their trip to Schleswig-Holstein and their stay at the Nordkolleg Rendsburg during the festival season from the beginning of July to the end of August, as well as intensive work with renowned international conductors. Rehearsals take place in the ACO Thormannhalle on the grounds of NordArt in Rendsburg-Büdelsdorf.

Adam Fischer, principal conductor of the Danish Chamber Orchestra and the Düsseldorf Symphonic Orchestra, will celebrate his premiere at the SHFO next summer. He is known worldwide for his interpretation of Viennese classical works and will perform, among other works, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's First Flute Concerto with the young musicians of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. 

Omer Meir Wellber, Principal Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Semperoper and designated Music Director at the Volksoper Wien, is also a guest of the Festival Orchestra for the first time. He will work with the orchestra on the Double Concerto for Violin and Violoncello by Johannes Brahms and thus honour the composer retrospective of the SHMF 2022.

In addition, Ludwig Wicki, a specialist in film music, will take the SHFO's podium for the first time. He will continue the tradition of "Movies in concert" and present another film classic with live music. In previous years, the festival orchestra accompanied "The Kid", "Harry Potter - Philosopher's Stone" and "E.T." with live music.

For the fourth time, the Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbański, frequent guest conductor with ensembles such as the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and winner of the Leonard Bernstein Award, will be a guest of the Festival Orchestra. Igor Stravinsky's famous ballet "Le Sacre du Printemps" will be performed under his direction.

Christoph Eschenbach, Principal Conductor of the orchestra since 2004 and also Chief Conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, will also lead a work phase in the coming year that will focus on Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 5.

The SHMF's indispensable music education activities are generously supported by the Possehl Foundation, the Dr. Hannelore Murmann family, Fielmann AG, the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation, the Mathias Tantau Foundation, the ZEIT Foundation Gerd and Ebelin Bucerius, the Weiland Cultural Foundation Henning Hamkens, the Nordkolleg Rendsburg, the ACO Group and the Festival Orchestra's circle of benefactors.