'Western Balkans go dance' - Summer 2023

This project marks the first occasion in which the WBYO went through its residency and concert tour as a full size symphonic orchestra with some 65 musicians. For "WB Go Dance" the orchestra opened the rows for musicians from 15 different countries. There were musicians from the 6 non-EU Western Balkan countries, their neighboring countries and member states of the EU: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Kosovo, Lithuania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Spain and Turkey.


WBYO presented the region’s favorite dances, in combination with well-known dances by Brahms, Kodaly, Khachaturian and Shostakovich. Favorite (folk) dances from Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia were arranged by young composers/arrangers from the region as part of the First Open Call for Composition.


After a two weeks preparation phase in Durrës, the symphonic orchestra with 65 young, talented musicians gave concerts in the following cities: 

Date Activity City   
14.07.2023 Arrival of the participants Durrës/AL  
15.-28.07.2023 Master classes and
orchestra rehearsals
29.07.2023 Concert  Durrës/AL (Roman Amphitheatre) Programme
31.07.2023 Concert Tetovo/NMK (Cultural Palace) Programme
01.08.2023  Concert  Pristina/RKS  Programme
04.08.2023 Concert Sarajevo/BIH Programme
06.08.2023 Concert Kotor/MNE Programme
08.08.2023 Concert Novi Sad/SRB Programme
12.08.2023 Concert Berlin/D Programme
14.08.2023 Concert Essen/D Programme
Lecturers Instrument Name Affiliation 
  1st Violins Önder Baloglu Duisburger Philharmoniker 
  2nd Violins Bianca Adamek  Dortmunder Philharmoniker 
  Violas  Dominik Trávníček  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra 
  Violoncellos  Diego Hernandez Suarez  Quart.essence String Quartet, 
Euphonia Orchestra Munich 
  Double Basses  Ondřej Balcar  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  
  Woodwinds  Cem Önertürk  Ankara University 
  Brass Sandy Coffin  Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 
  Percussion Philipp Kohnke Staatsoper Hannover 
  Artistic Director & Conductor SULEJMANI, Desar, Germany German Rhine
Philharmonic Orchestra
Participants See programme brochures