The Young Hokkaido Philharmony (YHP is an orchestra made up of students at Hokkaido University of Education and young professional musicians from Hokkaido, Japan. The orchestra was founded by Friederike Kienle in 2012, and made a successful début under the direction of Dane Lam and Friederike Kienle in Sapporo’s renowned Kitara Concert Hall.Watch it on
In 2013, the YHP embarked on a cycle consisting of Beethoven's 9 symphonies, which were performed as a separate concert series in the musical cities of Sapporo, Ebetsu and Kitahiroshima and in rural venues on the island of Hokkaido. The grand finale of the cycle, with performances of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, took place to great acclaim in February 2017 at the Nishi Bunka Festival in Sapporo, the Towani Hall in Toyoura, and the Kitara Concert Hall in Sapporo; for these, they were joined by the New Academy Choir.
The Beethoven's 9th symphony project was filmed by director Richard Grehan and ImageMILL, Tokyo, and the documentary will be released internationally in December 2017.Watch it on
The Young Hokkaido Philharmony also enjoyed international acclaim on a concert tour of Germany (2013), where the orchestra performed at venues such as the Liederhalle in Stuttgart and the City Hall in Sulz am Neckar. In 2016, the YHP was invited to Spain, where they gave concerts in the Auditorio in Villagarcia de Arousa, at the Hotel Paradores, and at the cathedral of Santiago di Compostela; these performances were warmly received by public and press alike.Watch it on
Along with a symphonic repertoire, the YHP has also worked through a large part of the opera repertoire. In 2014, they performed “La Traviata” in Sapporo and Ebetsu, while in 2016, they performed Rossini’s “La Scala di Seta”, with Spanish soprano Laura Alonso Padin in the title role of Giulia.
The YHP has been the festival orchestra of the Art Passion Festival Sapporo since 2013, and performs in various line-ups both nationally and internationally on request.Watch it on