The German-Nordic Youth Philharmonic (Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugend- Philharmonie) is an international youth orchestra with a symphonic instrumentation. Every year it carries out intensive work/master classes, culminating in a concert on the stage of the Philharmonie in Berlin. Ever since 1981, the orchestra's conductor and artistic director, Andreas Peer Kähler, has made this event possible, purely with support from non-governmental sources.
During these orchestra courses, the German-Nordic Youth Philharmonic offers participating young musicians up to the age of 30, the possibility to work on a demanding concert programme with the support of an experienced team of tutors and, to gain practical orchestra and concert experience. For the 2020 Philharmonic Week, there will be about 60 young musicians, mainly students from European conservatoires or young professionals from all over the world.
In its concert programmes, the German-Nordic Youth Philharmonic selects popular and lesser known works from the Nordic countries and around the world. The concerts are moderated by the conductor with explanations and background information, providing portraits of the composers, their works and topical references, which are of significance in this context. In recent years the German-Nordic Youth Philharmonic has regularly commissioned compositions covering the subjects of the respective philharmonic week. Traditionally, the final concert terminating each work phase takes place at the Berliner Philharmonie - next on January 5, 2020 on the main stage.