The EUYO announces the European Music Gallery Festival 2020

31 events in 19 European countries, with 5 live and 15 deferred broadcasts

282 musicians from all 27 EU Member States and the UK

Music by 66 composers from 3 continents, including 21 living composers


The European Union Youth Orchestra, together with many of its members, alumni and partners throughout Europe, is announcing a major initiative today as part of the drive to reanimate Europe after the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic. The European Music Gallery Festival 2020 launches today, on August 5th at 19.30 CET, with a concert in Copenhagen’s KoncertKirken. This is the first of a special season of 31 socially distanced live concerts and broadcasts, each event introduced and curated by the Orchestra’s players.

The entire Festival is made possible thanks to the active support of more than 80 partners of the Orchestra across Europe, together embodying the EU’s spirit of cooperation and the German EU Presidency motto, Together for Europe’s Recovery’.

A detailed preview of the Festival will be presented with a livestream today, August 5th at 18.00 CET, that will be visible on the EUYO YouTube and Facebook channels.

Performers include conductors Gianandrea Noseda and Pablo Heras-Casado, pianist Beatrice Rana, and a number of the Orchestra’s most distinguished alumni and members. Taking place in 19 European countries, performances will be held in 14 European capitals and 5 important cities and regional venues.

All appropriate health rules in force in each country will be strictly followed in order to allow musicians and audience to come together for socially distanced live performances. To enable this, EUYO members and alumni have remained as much as possible in their own country of residence, limiting international travel to an absolute minimum, and significantly reducing the carbon footprint of the Orchestra’s normal summer projects.

The European Music Gallery Festival 2020 is part of the EUYO’s contribution to the reanimation of Europe’s cultural scene during a period of huge challenge” commented EUYO Secretary General Marshall Marcus, “and to aid this reanimation, we are delighted to make every Festival performance available via free live and deferred broadcastson the EUYO’s social media channels and website, so that the broadest set of audiences can experience these performances, particularly including people currently unable to leave their homes”.






  •        The European Music Gallery Festival 2020will take place in 14 European capitals including Amsterdam, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, Ljubljana, Lisbon, London, Tallinn and Zagreb;


  •        Other locations where events are taking place include the Orchestra’s Summer Home and Principal Venue Partner Grafenegg, at the EUYO’s headquarters in Ferrara as part of the Ferrara Musica series, at significant festivals such as Bolzano Festival Bozen, as the opening concert of the Stresa Festival, at the closing concert of the Berlin Young Euro Classic Festival, and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s SummerConcerts powered by BankGiro Loterij;


  •        The European Music Gallery Festival 2020 programmes consist of more than 80 works of music from 25 different countries, the majority composed in the 20th and 21st centuries, and including works by 21 living composers. Living composers include Valerie Coleman, Jessie Montgomery, Natasa Paulberg, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Pēteris Vasks, Joan Tower and Konstantia Gourzi. There are also several performances of Beethoven as part of Beethoven’s Mirror’, the Orchestra’s Beethoven 250 celebrations, and a performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s String Trio, in commemoration of his passing earlier this year;


  •        282 musicians from all 27 EU Member States and the UK, including 129 current EUYO members and 147 EUYO alumni will take part. Programmes will feature guest artists such as conductors Gianandrea Noseda and Pablo Heras-Casado, pianist Beatrice Rana, and noted EUYO alumni such as the Vienna Philharmonic Principal and conductor Christoph Koncz, the Berliner Philharmoniker violinist Simone Bernardini and former EUYO concertmasters including Emily Davis, Sarah Sew and principal 2nd violin in the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra Bas Treub;


  •        At least one European Music Gallery Festival 2020 performance in each country will be broadcast live or deferred and will be available with free access on EUYO social media.


Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, concert and broadcasting dates may be subject to change.