Visionary and Energetic


“I think you’re crazy, but let’s do it!” – These words from conductor Volker Wangenheim to the visionary Peter Koch led to the founding of the German National Youth Orchestra in 1969. More than fifty years have passed since then, but the orchestra’s management remains refreshingly unconventional.




Since 2004, Sönke Lentz, the BJO’s Project Director, has made the impossible possible, arranging foreign tours, visa applications, harp transports, crossover projects, last-minute funding, or publicity brochures in three languages. Working with him are Elena Hestermann and Lisa Burgwinkel (tour management) and Annette Börger (dramaturgy and public relations), as well as two volunteer apprentices. As part of the German Music Council, their offices are in the Council’s “House of Culture” in Bonn.

Orchestra Management

Sönke Lentz | Project Director
Lisa Burgwinkel, Elena Hestermann | tour management
Annette Börger | dramaturgy and public relations
Anne Hagenkötter | volunteer apprentices
Hannah Peekhaus | volunteer apprentices

Orchestra Committee

Lisa Schwarz | viola
Hans Greve | double bass
Swantje Wittenhagen | harp
Eva Gasparyan | flute
Christian Panzer | horn

Orchestra Mascot


Linie danach
Berlin Philharmoniker
Bundesministerium Wdr3 Daimler DOV GVL Freude.