Celebrate Paul Van Dyk’s birthday by reliving the 2009 show in Frankfurt


In 2009, the Music Discovery Project held in Frankfurt was due to host two of biggest names from music scene of that year. Legendary trance DJ and record producer Paul Van Dyk and two-time Grammy Award winner and one of the world’s famous composers Paavo Järvi were touted to bring the best of electronic and classical music to show the world that true music innately blurs genres. Organized at the Jahrhunderthalle conventional center in  Frankfurt, the show has become somewhat a go-to for fans of electronic music to enjoy the perfect amalgamation of classical music with their taste outside the studios. And to celebrate Paul Van Dyk’s birthday we rewind to the golden night where he along with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, guided by Järvi, and a nine-piece band, performed to an overly exuberant crowd.

Talking about bringing classical music to the youth, Paavo, who himself was part of a few rock bands as a drummer in his hometown of Estonia, had this to say:

“One way is to work out musical and cultural connections. The music that we feel is up-to-date, and I’m talking about pop, soul, and techno. It’s the same music that is also based on classical music. “

He hits the nail right on the head, as, given the time and moment, there wasn’t an artist better than the likes of Armin van Buuren, Tiesto and Paul Van Dyk who could deliver the message and emotion of classical music through their own style. We’ve often seen all three and many more trance artists utilize the avenues and sounds that classical music has to offer to enhance the essence of trance music, which quintessentially relies on emotions. A fitting way to celebrate a legend’s birthday, so have a listen to the entire performance below.





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