JMI 75 Year Celebration Concert

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Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) was created in 1945 with a vision to unite young people across the world through music. 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the movement and as a part of the celebrations, but due to the pandemic those celebrations had to be put on hold... Until Now!

18:00 30 September 2021

On the 30th of September special guests are invited to join us at Maison de la Poste in order to celebrate 75 years of Jeunesses Musicales International with a special concert by the Antwerpen Camerata featuring 3 new works composed by the winners of JMI’s Young Composers Competition.

The Antwerpen Camerata

As an international ensemble consisting of musicians from all over the world, the orchestra embodies its vision of making music without boundaries. The orchestra distinguishes itself with its dedication to the music of the past, while also seeking interaction with living (young) composers. The Antwerpen Camerata was formed in 2015 in Antwerpen, Belgium, and has since the beginning been under the guidance of Dimitris Spouras, artistic director and chief conductor.Taking part in various annual projects, performing at festivals and concert venues, for example, the 2015 Klarafestival in DeSingel, and collaborating with renowned musicians and artists (Eliane Rodrigues, Peter Van de Velde, Hendrickje van Kerckhove, Nadja Nevelovitsch and Wilfried Van den Brande) the orchestra is quickly establishing itself in the European musical landscape.

Showcasing the Winners of the JMI's 75 Years Composers Competition

The Antwerpen Camerata will be perfoming debut pieces by the winning composers of JMI's 75 Years Commposition Competition. The composers were tasked to capture the spirit of JMI’s vision: to bring the youth of the world together through music and that’s exactly what these winners have done. The jury remarked “All winning pieces engage the audience with youthful energy and diversity, they show open-mindedness and outspokenness, well-mastered orchestration, sense of detail, rich fantasy and artistic consistency”.

The are:

“Metamorphosis” by Veljko Nenadić (Serbia)

“Ladybug in the room” by SiHyun Uhm (South Korea)

“Danserye VI” by Wener Put (aka. Joris Van der Herten, Belgium)

This event has been made possible through the support of:

The European Union Creative Europe Program, BELSPO, Visit.Brussels and Actiris.



“Metamorphosis” by Veljko Nenadić

Born in 1998 in Smederevo, Serbia, Veljko studied composition at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and is currently one of the most awarded young Serbian composers of our time. Some of his most significant accomplishments were the 4 first places in the competition for young composers in the USA & Golden Key Piano Composition Competition (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017), the first place in Spain in 2013 at the competition Fidelio Musica, the first place at the Grand Prix in Moscow in 2015 and at the Slavic Music Festival. Veljko also won the 6th International Competition of Choral Composition Ennio Morricone. His music was performed with great success in Serbia and abroad (USA, Russia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Algeria…). In addition to contemporary classical music, Veljko is also successful in other music genres, from TV-series soundtracks to Jazz.

“Epic, energetic, captivating, skilful character… Full of surprises, constantly challenging”

(E. Champagne, Canada - Jury Member)

“Ladybug in the room” by SiHyun Uhm

Born in Seoul, Korea, SiHyun is a composer, pianist, multimedia producer currently based in New York. She is a Composer Fellow with American Composers Orchestra, Really Spicy Opera, Nashville Symphony Composer Lab, Universal Artists Festival, Daegu MBC Orchestra, Intimacy of Creativity, Red Note Workshop. She has received prizes from Pyeong Chang Olympic Celebration, Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, Louis Lane Prize, Leopold Auer, Future Symphony, NY Composers’ Circle, Next Notes, National YoungArts, Golden Key Festival, Avalon, MTNA, and CBS National Youth Competition. SiHyun is currently attending The Juilliard School and she recently graduated from the Eastman School of Music in NY. She graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts in MA, where she studied composition.

“Mischievous and very interesting, fun, agile, with a beautiful orchestration: a pleasure of listening, a must!” (E. Champagne, Canada - Jury Member)

“Danserye VI (A rabid rose)” by Joris Van der Herten/Werner Put

Joris studied music at the Ter Beuken Art Academy in Lokeren (Belgium) and Dartmouth College (USA). He took part in the summer composition courses (now called Soundmine) of Wim Henderickx and projects for young composers such as JongNBE and The Times led by Bram Van Camp. He received second prize in composition at the Belvedere Festival in Memphis, Tennessee (2018), was the winner of the composition competition for cello orchestra at the Cellofestival Dordrecht (2013), one of six nominees for the choral composition competition "Ook jouw stem telt" (2011), received first prize in composition in the Dexia Classics competition (2009), and was a double finalist in the composition competition "Op weg naar het nieuwjaarsconcert" by the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (2007, 2006).

“Of all the entries, Werner’s highly imaginative composition most effectively reflected contemporary culture and life. There are lots of witty details, imaginative use of the orchestra, and I even enjoyed the rebellious approach of the program note.”

(G. Prokofiev, UK - Jury Member)