Arts Management

Even during her law studies in Cologne, Germany, Alexa Nieschlag gathered experiences in event management, organizing various seminars of the European Law Students Association. These experiences were broadened through various internships, including at the Usedom Music Festival, where she soon was hired as the Festival Director’s assistant. After completing her law degree, she moved to New York, where she worked in the Salzburg Festival’s fundraising office before being hired by Carnegie Hall, where she learned the art of concert management first in the Artistic Programming Department and later in the Executive Office. Side projects during this time included the organization of a touring tango show and volunteering in the administration of various choruses.

At the end of 2007, she moved back to Germany, taking on the position of Orchestra Manager of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic, which she was responsible for during the first four years of its existence. The orchestra unites music students from all the countries of the Baltic Sea Region. Especially in the beginning, working closely with the Music Director Kristjan Järvi and the Usedom Music Festival as the orchestra’s parent company, she was responsible for all aspects of the orchestra’s functioning, from recruiting participants to organizing working phases and tours: artist negotiations and concert planning, negotiations with presenters, the recruiting of coaches and the organization of annual auditions in six countries, concert production, travel logistics, tour planning and implementation, oversight over marketing, publicity and sponsoring activities as well as leading a management team of 2 to 10 people were among her responsibilities.

At the end of 2011 Alexa Nieschlag left the Baltic Youth Philharmonic in search of new challenges. One of them came in January 2013, when she took up the interim position of Projects Manager at the European Union Youth Orchestra in London for half a year. Since 2014 she has been producing concerts for the youth orchestra festival Young Euro Classic in Berlin as Project Manager. She also organizes the conductorless chamber orchestra c/o chamber orchestra, in which former members of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic explore their own approach to orchestral music. Since 2016 she has also organized the annual German auditions for EUYO, in cooperation with the Music Academy Hanns Eisler Berlin. She also works as a freelance concert production manager for selected projects at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin.