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Calendar year 2023

Start of the WBYO-Accelerando Project

March 1 2023

April 09 to 17

WBYO – OJO International Chamber Music Days (chamber music ensembles, up to 20 young musicians)

Up to 14 selected members of the Western Balkans Youth Orchestra and up to 12 fellows from the East Bavarian Youth Symphonic Orchestra will come together at the Bavarian Folk Academy in Freyung establishing new chamber music ensembles, working on selected works of the chamber music literature under the direction of outstanding chamber music professionals from Germany.

Chamber music concerts (all ensembles) in

Freyung, Kurhaus

Dingolfing, Herzogsburg

Freising, Diözesenmuseum

May 15 to July 02

First Open composition calls for young composers in the Western Balkans.

July 16 to August 15

Western Balkans go dance (symphonic orchestra, up to 65 musicians)

WBYO presents the region’s favorite dances, in combination with well-known dances by Brahms, Kodaly, Khachaturian and Shostakovich: Favorite (folk) dances from Albania, BiH Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia will be arranged by young composers/arrangers from the region as part of the First Open Call for Composition.

Working/preparation days in Durrës, Albania

Full symphonic orchestra concerts in

Durrës, Albania

Tetovo, North Macedonia

Pristina, Kosovo

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Kotor, Montenegro

Novi Sad & Belgrade, Serbia


Berlin (Konzerthaus) & Essen (Philharmonie Essen), Germany

End of October

First Partners’ meeting in Belgrade, Serbia

December 11, 2023 to February 04, 2024

WBYO musicians’ selection process (online application)

Calendar year 2024

January 01 to March 31

Second Open composition calls

for young composers/arrangers in the Western Balkans.

April 13

Second Partners’ meeting in Kotor, Montenegro

Round table, discussion, planning, coordination, evaluation of all activities during the second project period, July 2024 – March 2025


Western Balkans go Pop & Rock (symphonic orchestra, up to 65 musicians)

The WBYO will present 30 new orchestrated most favorite rock & pop songs from the region and worldwide.

Orchestra masterclasses & working/Preparation days in Kotor during the KotorArt Festival

Orchestra concerts in:

Kotor, Montenegro, as part of KotorArt Festival

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Durrës, Albania

Novi Sad, Serbia

Pristina, Kosovo

Skopje/Struga, North Macedonia

Germany (Bayreuth, Berlin, Essen)

September 01 to November 15

Third Open Call for Composition for young composers in the Western Balkans

December 26, 2024 to January 6, 2025

Music of today – Laboratory for contemporary music (up to 20 musicians, strings & wind instruments)

Working days in Skopje, North Macedonia. WBYO members will work with the awarded composers on new, experimental works/ensembles under the artistic direction of outstanding tutors.

Chamber music/ensemble concerts in

Skopje, North Macedonia

Pristina, Kosovo

Belgrade & Novi Sad, Serbia

Calendar year 2025


Third Partners’ meeting in Tirana, Albania

Round table, discussion, planning, coordination, evaluation of all activities during the fourth project period, July – November 2025


The World of the Overture (symphonic orchestra, up to 60 musicians)

Favorite overtures by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, as well as some Western Balkans composers will be presented by the WBYO.

Working/Preparation days in Tirana in collaboration with the University of Arts.

Orchestra concerts in

Tirana, (Shkoder) Albania

Kotor, Montenegro

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Novi Sad, Serbia

Skopje, North Macedonia

Germany, Italy, Austria


WBYO concert tour in Western Europe (selected young musicians, up to 30 musicians)

Orchestra masterclasses and concerts in cooperation with the East Bavarian Youth Symphonic Orchestra.

Full symphonic orchestra concerts in Germany




Calendar year 2026


Fourth Partners’ meeting in Pristina, Kosovo

Round table, discussion, planning, coordination, evaluation of all activities during the last project period, July – September 2026.


Western Balkans Youth Opera Stage (symphonic orchestra, mixed choir, singers, up to 65 musicians)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Magic Flute in light of its 235 Anniversary.

Preparation and working days will take place in Pristina during the 15th European Summer Music Academy.

End of October

Fifth & project closing Partner’s meeting in Kotor

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