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GMJO Summer Tour 2014

Christoph Eschenbach will lead the Summer Tour 2014 of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra and of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., and former Music Director of the Houston Symphony, of the Orchestre de Paris, and of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as former Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach will work for the first time with the GMJO.
He will be joined by his long-time artistic friend, pianist Tzimon Barto, appearing for the second time with the GMJO, for performances of Grieg’s Piano Concerto op. 16 and for the world-premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a joint commission of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, the Salzburg Festival, and the National Symphony Orchestra, which promises to be one of the musical highlights of the summer season.

Tribute to Claudio Abbado

Upon the initiative of several former musicians, the GMJO will try to organize one or several concerts in memory of Claudio Abbado, the founder and music director of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester who sadly passed away recently.

We are, therefore, looking for professional musicians who took part in projects of the GMJO with Claudio Abbado and who would be interested in participating in this initiative.

If you think you could be interested in participating, please follow the link to know more and to sign up.

We hope to hear from you soon!


In Memory of Claudio Abbado

Excerpt from Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 9 from the EuroArts DVD 2054008, shown with kind permission of EuroArts Music International. Recorded live at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 14 April 2004. Directed by Bob Coles, Produced by Paul Smaczny, Audio Recording by Michael Seberich. A production of EuroArts Music in co-operation with RAI Trade, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia © 2004 EuroArts Music International GmbH.

Easter Tour 2014 with David Afkham, Emily Magee and Christiane Karg

Shooting Star David Afkham, who was recently appointed Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Nacional de España, returns as guest conductor for the Easter Tour 2014 of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.

Having served three years as Assistant Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (from 2009 to 2012), David Afkham stepped in to replace Ingo Metzmacher in the extensive and highly successful Easter Tour 2012.

Ever since, he is regarded as one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation and has worked with many of the world´s leading orchestras.

David Afkham and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester will be joined by two of the greatest sopranos of our time: Emily Magee, performing Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs (celebrating Strauss’ 150th Anniversary), and Christiane Karg, singing Alban Berg: Seven Early Songs and in Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4.

The two exciting concert programmes also include Alban Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra op. 6, Richard Wagner: Parsifal-Prelude to Act III and Good Friday Music, and Bruckner: Symphony No. 7.



Photo credit: Chris Christodoulou

Claudio Abbado (1933-2014)

It is with great sadness that the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester informs of the passing away of its founder and music director, Claudio Abbado.

Throughout his life, Claudio Abbado passionately worked with young musicians and provided them with many opportunities. A few years after the successful foundation of the European Community Youth Orchestra, and always refusing to be hindered by any political or bureaucratic obstacles, it just seemed logical to Claudio Abbado to establish the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, a youth orchestra that reached beyond the borders of the European Community.

Dr. Erhard Busek, President of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, says: “Claudio Abbado was a visionary who, through the foundation of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, anticipated the European unification and continued to work tirelessly on it. We must not forget the obstacles which had to be overcome when, in 1986, Claudio Abbado invited musicians from Austria and the neighbouring states of the former Eastern Bloc to make music together. This is genuine European spirit and we bow in gratitude to Claudio Abbado, whose legacy we shall continue.”

The number of musicians who took part in projects of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and who later joined many of Europe’s leading orchestras is enormous. They all owe Claudio Abbado the decisive impetus for their musical life.

In addition to leading some of the most important musical institutions in the world, Claudio Abbado also devoted himself to the foundation of new orchestras. These have influenced musical life and orchestral culture in a decisive manner, and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is proud to be the founding part of important ensembles such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and the Orchestra Mozart.

Claudio Abbado fought, throughout his life, for his projects, his orchestras, and his beliefs. He often managed to realize projects that were apparently impossible with a truly visionary spirit.

Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli, Secretary General of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester: “It was a great privilege to organise numerous concert tours under Claudio Abbado, including Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, a great North and South America tour with Mahler’s Symphony no. 7, or Wagner’s Parsifal in a scenic production by Peter Stein. Claudio Abbado always demanded the utmost devotion and dedication from his musicians and from his team. He was not an administrator but a visionary, and he has managed to achieve the seemingly impossible against doubters and bureaucrats. For him, the only thing that mattered was: Prima la musica – and this will always be an example and inspiration for all of us.”

Ever since its foundation, Claudio Abbado was involved in the development and the international success of his Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. For us, to commemorate him with great gratitude means to continue this project, maybe his most important one, with great dedication.

GMJO Recordings with Claudio Abbado

GMJO Concerts with Claudio Abbado

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9:00 PM

works by Messiaen, Grieg, Tchaikovsky

Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Tzimon Barto, Piano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

8:00 PM

works by Messiaen, Rihm, Bruckner

Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Tzimon Barto, Piano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

8:00 PM

works by Messiaen, Bruckner

Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

8:00 PM

works by Rihm, Bruckner

Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Tzimon Barto, Piano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

6:00 PM

works by Rihm, Bruckner

Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Tzimon Barto, Piano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester


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Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Soloist: Juliane Banse
Gustav Mahler: Symphony no. 4 in G major

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13. Auf dem Gipfel
  1. Richard Strauss: Alpine Symphony / Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
  2. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D-major / Conductor: Claudio Abbado
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