The transatlantic orchestra projects are at the heart of the Cuban-European Youth Academy: Young musicians from Cuba and Europa are regularly meeting for 10-14 days, rehearsing and living together.

The orchestra consists of 50% Cuband and 50% European musicians that are selected after auditions. They receive a scholarship that covers travels, accommodation and food. Tutors of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble are preparing the programme in sectional rehearsals. Furthermore, they are sharing their knowledge in individual classes and chamber music lessons.
In addition to the orchestra rehearsals formats on contemporary Cuban music culture are offered (e.g. Cuban dances, rhythms and music history as well as improvisation for winds and strings). All rehearsals are public, visitors are always welcome.

Making music together supports the cultural exchange by giving different impulses: the presented works relate to the different cultural backgrounds of the participant and the orchestra playing enhances listening, acceptance, sensitivity and openness.

The artistic programme of the transatlantic orchestra project features European as well as Cuban compositions. After having worked on romantic repertoire in 2015, baroque repertoire in 2016 and the classicism in 2017, the 2018 project focused on contemporary music (musical direction: Thomas Hengelbrock). Regularly, CuE commissions works by young Cuban composers.


CuE 2019: “BAROCCO!”

The 2019 transatlantic orchestra project will be all about music from the 17th and 18th century. The musicians will dive into the baroque world – with dance, theory and chamber orchestra playing on historical instruments. After a week of rehearsals in Dortmund they will head on a tour through Germany!

“Barocco!” is a cooperation project by the Balthasar Neumann Academy and the Orchesterzentrum NRW. We would like to thank the Wilo-Foundation, the Brost-Stiftung, the ministry of cultural affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia, the GVL, the “Arbeitskreis Ausland für kulturelle Aufgaben e.V.” as well as all other supporters of the 2019 project.