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ODE – Orchestre Démos Europe – Paris 26.2.2022

ODE – Orchestre Démos Europe

Residency and Concert at the Philharmonie de Paris –

Grande Salle Pierre Boulez – Saturday, 26 February 2022, 8 p.m. CET


  • 120 young musicians from all 27 EU member states gather to discover music together and perform at the Philharmonie de Paris on the occasion of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union on Saturday, 26 February 2022
  • 15 initiatives from Sistema Europe’s member network rehearse and meet their peers from other countries
  • conducted by Corinna Niemeyer and Aurélien Azan Zielinski, the concert will be streamed live via ARTE Concert and Philharmonie Live


This week, young music students from the Sistema initiatives from all over Europe are reuniting in Paris in order to participate in an ambitious and highly symbolic project: ODE – Orchestre Démos Europe. A week full of rehearsals will be followed by a performance at the Philharmonie de Paris’ Grande Salle Pierre Boulez on Saturday, 26 February 2022 at 8 p.m CET where the 120-member orchestra will appear onstage with conductors Corinna Niemeyer and Aurélien Azan Zielinski in a programme including Mussorgsky, Grieg and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” as signature piece.      The concert, held on the occasion of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will be streamed live via ARTE Concert and Philharmonie Live.

We are very happy to have been a main part of this adventure from the early planning days, and to participate with 15 of Sistema Europe’s member programmes in such a unique initiative. It will be a most exciting opportunity for the kids to meet their peers, join forces after preparing the repertoire with their own teachers, and rise to the challenge of performing in one of the world’s greatest halls. Their enthusiasm will explode in the concert and reverberate when they return, as an example of commitment and fun, two tenets of the projects inspired by El Sistema’s model. Sistema Europe connects these energies, which are adapted to each context: inclusion, safeguarding and artistic quality want to move hand in hand in affirming music as a joyful factor towards social change,” says Maria Majno, vicepresident of Sistema Europe Association and network, and member of the ODE steering committee.

Each Member State is represented by 2 to 6 musicians. After having worked on the concert programme in their respective countries, the young musicians met in Paris on Saturday, 19 February 2022, where they now follow an intensive rehearsal schedule. Mentored by professional musicians and led by orchestral conductors Corinna Niemeyer and Aurélien Azan Zielinski, the young instrumentalists will then be the sole protagonists of this unique event.

The week will come to a close on Saturday, 26 February 2022 with a concert performance in the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez, attended by representatives of the EU Member States and of the Commission and the Parliament. The television channel ARTE and Philharmonie Live will air features during the rehearsal week and will broadcast the concert live.

On Thursday, 24 and Friday 25 February, in addition to the ODE – Orchestre Démos Europe rehearsals, music education professionals from all the EU countries will come together to hold a professional seminar at the Philharmonie de Paris. They will share practices and experience and discuss the major challenges associated with education policies, seeking new and relevant pathways to building the Europe of the future.

Philharmonie LIVE streaming link: https://live.philharmoniedeparis.fr/concert/1136183/orchestre-demos-europe.html?lang=en-US

ARTE Concert streaming link:  https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/107566-000-A/ode-orchestre-demos-europe-a-la-philharmonie-de-paris/

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