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SOUNDS OF CHANGE, 2022-2026 – is a European collaborative project that aims to cultivate an integrated professional development process for emerging European musicians in the orchestral field, supported by enhancing professional opportunities, increasing career visibility and transnational mobility, underpinned by a multidisciplinary artistic process with the use of key environmental and sustainability issues.

Inspired by the creation of an International Music Academy with the motto “Connecting through Music for Maribor – European Capital of Culture 2012”, that was established by the Culture Association BSA, the Sounds of Change EU project will build on this successful project, adding new layers and dimensions. Together with our partners from Portugal, Spain, Germany and Serbia, we aim to promote the arts as a tool to challenge the new generations to reflect on the future of Europe and to use this powerful tool for social transformation through interpersonal exchange, training, and personal development.

Our objective in this project is to enhance and nurture the co-creation of contemporary Slovenian and European culture. Our successful projects such as “Connecting through Music for Maribor, 2009-2012” and “Music Up Close Network, 2016-2020” have proven that we are a link between world-class artists and young musicians who are taking their first steps toward their professional careers. In Sounds of Change, we promote an artistic capacity building programme, focusing on artistic and technical skills for musical performance as well as stage design and cross-disciplinary performing tools.


Associacao OFP-Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa – Portugal
Noletia Sociedad Limitada – Sevilla, Spain
Förderverein Internationales Musikfestival Koblenz E V – Koblenz, Germany
Srpsko Narodno Pozoriste – Novi Sad, Serbia

MUSIC UP CLOSE NETWORK, 2016-2020 – connecting orchestral music with young audiences was a multi-annual cooperation project. The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia was the promoter and coordinator of a network that connected prestigious European Orchestras and organisations, to realise training and international artistic mobility. The participating institutions considered this initiative as a pilot cooperation network to experiment and share new strategies and approached, to connect orchestral music with youth audiences. The project aimed to carry out activities that primarily responded to the following priorities:

  • Cooperating with some of the best European orchestras such as the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra and the Ljubljana International Orchestra, to commission new orchestral works by living composers as well as supporting works and artists on a European and international level.
  • Developing and sharing new strategies to reach young audiences in particular with some of the Balkan countries such as Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro, promoting musical co-productions in innovative formats involving youth orchestral ensembles while also using digital technologies and other forms of art.
  • Enabling professional training and education initiatives for young musicians to acquire skills to operate on an international level through the Professional Orchestral Training and Music Management Programme in collaboration with the Culture Association – BSA in Ljubljana. The programmes were offered to young musical talents who were internationally selected to acquire artistic experiences in a stimulating environment. Implemented was also the Work Experience Exchange Programme to provide professionals with knowledge and expertise in other European orchestral institutions and to share their methodologies.


Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Rome, Italy
Kulturno Društvo BSA – Ljubljana, Slovenia
Orchestre National de Lille – Lille, France
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra – Barcelona, Spain
Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra – Podgorica, Montenegro
International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation – Brussels, Beligum
Region Lazio, Italy
Regesta – Rome, Italy


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