New Ways - Summer Project and Tours 2022

14.07. - 21.08.2022, Western Balkans and Germany

2022 will be a busy year! After a hugely successful concert in Novi Sad (Serbia) at the occasion of Europe Day on 9 May, the WBYO is  getting ready for two tours in quick succession: in July it will travel through the Western Balkans and perform concerts in Pristina, Skopje, Novi Sad, Mostar and Kotor; and in August it will go on German stages, with concerts in Berlin, Kassel, Königswinter, Aachen and Essen (see schedules below). This represents a new rhythm and a new challenge for our young musicians, who will now taste the stresses and excitement of professional orchestra musicians, thus bringing the WBYO to a whole new level of functioning - New Ways.


The process will once again start in Pristina, where the 30 participants will gather for 8 intense days of preparation and rehearsal, and where they will study a demanding concert programme. As mentioned above, the bar is set significantly higher for these tours.

Date Activity City  Location 
13.07.2022 Arrival of the participants Pristina  
14.-21.07.2022 Master classes and orchestra rehearsals Pristina  
22.-28.07.2022 1st part of the concert tour 5 cities in the Western Balkans See concerts
14.-21.08.2022 2nd part of the concert tour 5 cities in Germany See concerts
Concert Programme See below    
Lecturers Instrument Name Affiliation 
  1st Violins PETRAKIS, Ioannis, Greece Evenos String Quartet
  2nd Violins AHISKAL, Mehmet Orhan, Turkey/Germany  

KASPERAVIČIUS, Ainis, Lithuania/Germany

  Violoncellos  HERNANDEZ SUAREZ, Diego, Spain/Germany 

Quart.essence String Quartet, 

Euphonia Orchestra Munich

  Double Basses  BALCAR, Ondrej, Czech Republic Czech Philharmonic Orchestra 
  Artistic Director & Conductor SULEJMANI, Desar, Germany German Rhine Philharmonic Orchestra
Musicians (CV's here)


Western Balkans Youth Orchestra on tour

Summer 2022

Pristina, Skopje, Novi Sad,  Mostar, Kotor

Berlin, Kassel, Königswinter, Aachen, Essen


New Ways!



Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)


Aus Holbergs Zeit

From Holberg's time


Praeludium (Allegro vivace)

Sarabande (Andante)

Gavotte (Allegretto)

Air (Andante religioso)

Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)



Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin (1810 - 1849)


Klavierkonzert Nr. 1, e-Moll, Op. 11 (Version mit Streichern)

Piano Concerto No. 1, E Minor, Op. 11 (Strings version)


Allegro maestoso

Romance. Larghetto

Rondo. Vivace







Gerti Druga (*1986)


Federn der Trauer für Streichorchester (2022), Deutsche Erstaufführung

Feathers of sorrow for string orchestra (2022), First German Performance



Alexandre Tansman (1897 - 1986)


Sieben Variationen über ein Thema von Girolamo Frescobaldi

Seven Variation on a theme by Girolamo Frescobaldi



Dmitri Dmitrijewitsch Schostakowitsch (1906 - 1975)


Kammersinfonie Op. 110a (Bearb. Rudolf Barshai)

Im Gedenken an die Opfer des Faschismus und des Krieges

Chamber Symphony Op. 110a (arr. Rudolf Barshai)

In memory of the victims of fascism and war



Allegro molto






Western Balkans Youth Orchestra

Desar Sulejmani, Piano/Conductor




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