“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 General Manager, 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.
Sönke Lentz | General Manager
Elena Hestermann | tour management
Annika Meier | orchestra management (Lisa Burgwinkel on parental leave)
Yannick Dietrich | public relations (Annette Börger on parental leave)
Pascal Grüwaz | volunteer apprentices
Lisa Schwarz | viola
Daniel Matthewes | double bass
Maximilian Mertens | percussion
Jakob Plag | clarinet
Elias Kolb | trumpet