On the fifth anniversary of its launch, I, CULTURE Orchestra has expanded and enriched its offer with master classes and workshops. Thanks to these, young musicians will be able to improve their skills and gain extra experience before the next I, CULTURE Orchestra edition's auditions in 2017. The first cycle of workshops will start this spring.
The classes are planned throughout 2016. Over the next few months, they will take place in the capitals of Eastern Partnership countries: Tbilisi (14th to 16th March), Minsk (21st to 23rd March), Chisinau (4th to 6th April), Kyiv (11th to 14th April), Baku (21st to 23rd April) and Yerevan (4th to 6th May). Workshops will be conducted by members of prestigious European philharmonic orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Oslo Filharmonien.
Manager of the orchestra, Ewa Bogusz-Moore, said at the press conference:
During my four-year work with the orchestra, I noticed that the problem isn't with the competences of particular musicians, the problem lies in the process of preparation for a particular exam… when a musician has to play a couple of the most difficult bars of the entire composition. It requires a certain ability, which needs to be practised. And when the musicians have the most difficult fragments mastered, they can play perfectly.
I am deeply convinced that by devoting this year to work on the skills of future candidates for the I, CULTURE Orchestra, we build a bridge on their path towards an artistic future, offering great advantages to their professional development and the development of the entire I, CULTURE Orchestra.
During its five-year history, I, CULTURE Orchestra has given concerts at the most prestigious concert halls and biggest music festivals in Europe, including Berliner Philharmonie, the Royal Festival Hall in London, Teatro Real in Madrid and Harpa Hallin Reykjavik, as well as at Edinburgh International Festival, Santander Music Festival and Baltic Sea Festival. Altogether, ICO musicians played 36 concerts in 24 cities across 15 countries. Their audience totalled around 80,000 people.
During the press conference held at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute on 16th February 2016, ICO's unique project was mentioned: on 24th October 2015, I, CULTURE Orchestra gave two concerts conducted by Kirill Karabits in Kyiv to celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day.
Ewa Bogusz-Moore commented:
The concert in Maidan Nezalezhnosti was the quintessence of our project, it was the thing we talk about and for which we strive…. When on Independence Day, the orchestra played Beethoven's Ode to Joy, the iconic finale of his Symphony No. 9, everybody in the Maidan was immensely moved.
Robin O'Neill, principal bassoonist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, expressed their invitation for young musicians to participate in the workshops:
I, CULTURE Orchestra is one of the best youth orchestras in the world…. I invite you to take part in the workshops, which may prove to be the first step on your path towards an amazing adventure.
The next tour of I, CULTURE Orchestra is planned for 2017.
More information can be found on the orchestra's website: orchestra.culture.pl
Source: Culture.pl's materials, compiled by PW, translated by OK, 16 Feb 2016