Classical, symphonic orchestral music is a wonderful common heritage of all European countries.

We are passionate about this music, and with our network try to inspire fellow orchestras, concert halls, parents and teachers to connect orchestral music to young audiences and people of all ages and backgrounds.

In the footsteps of composers like Händel, Vivaldi, Lully, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Chopin, Dvorák, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and many others, who were open to influences from other countries and travelled through Europe, we created our Music Up Close Network to learn from each other and stimulate new ideas about bringing classical and contemporary orchestral music to all European people.

Especially we want tell young people about the classical symphonic music of their own time commissioning and internationalize new orchestral works and coproducing concerts in a innovative formats involving the young generation of musicians to be music ambassadors and exceptional communicators.


MUSIC UP CLOSE Network – connecting orchestral music to young audiences is a multi-annual cooperation project. The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is the promoter and coordinator of a network with other prestigious European Orchestras and other organizations for training and international artistic mobility. The participating institutions consider this initiative as a pilot co-operation network to experiment and share new strategies and approaches to connect the orchestral music with youth audiences.

The project aims to carry out activities that primarily respond to the following priorities:

Cooperate 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 and support works and artists at European and international level.
Develop and share new strategies to reach young audiences in particular with some of the Balkan countries such as Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Monteniger promoting musical co-productions with innovative formats involving youth orchestral ensembles also using digital technologies and other forms of art.
Enable professional training and education initiatives for young musicians to acquire skills to operate at an international level through the Professional Orchestral Training and Music Management Program in collaboration with Branimir Slokar Academy in Ljubljana. The Program offer to young musical talents selected internationally to acquire artistic experiences in a stimulating environment. It will be also implemented the Work Experience Exchange Program to provide professionals to make “professional experiences” in other European orchestral institutions and share their methodologies.
MUSIC UP CLOSE Network is promoted by an international partnership that will work with Regional and National Authorities to access European funds to strengthen the International Networking and make the network sustainable in the long term.

Finally the use of a common digital communication platform will increase access to the orchestral works to young audiences. The digital platform will be able to reach specific European geographic areas through the web streaming, social networks and other multimedia tools made available by the European Partnership.

The initiative started in June 2016 and will last forty-two months until December 2019.