For more than 25 years, Deutsche Bank and the Berliner Philharmoniker enjoy a close partnership in which they have initiated and implemented innovative projects.
More than 25 years of partnership – Deutsche Bank and Berliner Philharmoniker
Experiencing music. Enabling talent. Creating something great together. For over 25 years, Deutsche Bank and the Berliner Philharmoniker have enjoyed a close partnership. Together, they enable innovative initiatives with the common goal of making classical music accessible to people from all walks of life.
Deutsche Bank's and the Berliner Philharmoniker's partnership of more than 25 years is one of a kind in the world. As in every partnership, we share ambitions and passion for our causes. For more than 130 years, the Berliner Philharmoniker has been considered one of the world’s best orchestras, captivating audiences on all continents. Top quality and a willingness to explore new frontiers are unique attributes that make the Berliner Philharmoniker an ideal partner for Deutsche Bank.
On August 26, the orchestra celebrated the start into the new concert season 2016/2017. For the first time ever, Berliner Philharmoniker hold an open air concert in cooperation with Deutsche Bank the day after the traditional opening. Around 15,000 participants enjoyed an exciting day with lots of music – free of charge. In line with their ongoing support of refugees, Berliner Philharmoniker had also invited the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Mariano Domingo, who started the afternoon by setting a musical signal against war and for international understanding.
In March 2015, Deutsche Bank and Berliner Philharmoniker had extended their partnership by another five years until 2020. This enables us to further develop our joint projects and work towards our shared mission – overcoming borders and making classical music accessible to a wide audience.
For instance, the bank supported the unique Digital Concert Hall during its early years, making it possible to live stream the concerts from the Berliner Philharmoniker in brilliant resolution and tone quality via the Internet.
The Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education Programme shows how boundaries can be overcome. For the past 15 years, this important initiative has helped children and young people discover classical music.
The creative encounter with music helps them develop their own creativity, overcome personal and cultural boundaries and learn team spirit. The new project "Vokalhelden", vocal heroes, is the new focus of the Education Programme since early 2013. It gives young singers an opportunity to create music together.
The goal of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy is to give gifted young musicians the opportunity to perfect their skills. With support from the Deutsche Bank Foundation, the academy has trained more than 600 young musicians since its founding and has paved the way for many of them to join the Berliner Philharmoniker directly.
Digital Concert Hall
Since the start of the Digital Concert Hall, more than 740,000 classical music lovers have registered to experience outstanding concerts.
“Making classical music come alive for the general public, helping young people to develop their talent and turning innovative musical projects into reality: these are the aims of our close and active cooperation.”
“Trust and energy are essential for new projects. In Deutsche Bank we have found these qualities in abundance. We are proud to have such a partner on our side.”
Experiencing music. Discovering passion.
Deutsche Bank and the Berliner Philharmoniker
August 2016 | Berlin
To mark the opening of the 2016/2017 season, Deutsche Bank is making it possible for the Berliner Philharmoniker to put on a free open air concert outside the Berliner Philharmonie on 27th of August 2016.
2015 | Worldwide
Deutsche Bank and the Berliner Philharmoniker are extending their cooperation agreement by a further five years until 2020.
With a summer festival on 14th and 15th of June 2014 Deutsche Bank and the Berliner Philharmoniker celebrated 25 years successful partnership at the Kulturforum Berlin.
Training talented young instrumentalists to become orchestra musicians is the goal of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy. More than 30 former members of the Orchestra academy became musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Fall 2013│BerlinSince the fall of 2013, a new choir program “Vokalhelden”, vocal heroes creates spaces for young singers to perform in three districts of Berlin – Moabit, Schöneberg and Hellersdorf.
August 2103 │Global
Season Opening Concert: Some 9,000 music lovers experienced the live internet broadcast, enabled by Deutsche Bank.
March│2013First cooperation of Academy Opera today with the Berliner Philharmoniker on the Easter festival in Baden-Baden
2010 | Global
Global broadcast of the award-winning documentary film “Rhythm is It!” via deutsche-bank.de.
2009 | Global
World premiere: opening of the Digital Concert Hall
2006 | Germany
Deutsche Bank receives the German Culture Award for the Education Programme.
2005 | Germany
Deutsche Bank is honored with the International Sponsoring Award for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education Programme.
2002 | Germany
Experiencing music: launch of the innovative Education Programme
1989 | Germany
Successful prelude: signing of the cooperation agreement between Deutsche Bank and the Berliner Philharmoniker.
There is music in everyone! The Education Programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Experiencing classical music, learning new forms of expression and overcoming barriers – these are the many opportunities offered by the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education Programme. Since the beginning of 2002, more than 44,000 children and young people have participated in numerous projects and discovered their own talents in the creative experience with music.
New focus “singing” – Vokalhelden
The anniversary event “10 Jahre Education” in April 2013 was shaped not only by a look back on ten successful years of Education Programme, but also by the launch of a new point of focus: singing. 300 young singers featured in a staging of Benjamin Britten's “Noye's Fludde”. Moreover, the playing child orchestra was supported by members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and even the audience was animated to join in on the singing.
Since the fall of 2013, the new choir program creates spaces for young singers to perform in three districts of Berlin – Moabit, Schöneberg and Hellersdorf. “Vokalhelden”, vocal heroes, aims to build up networks of neighbours and partners in the area, based on respect, trust and continuity. With Simon Halsey, the program could win a director with a long history as conductor in “community singing”.
More than 44,000 children and young people
have participated in numerous projects since the beginning of the Education Programme.
Any time and any place: The Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall
The Digital Concert Hall opens the doors to the Berliner Philharmoniker for music lovers around the globe. Highly sensitive microphones and remote cameras transmit the concerts live via the Internet in excellent sound and high-resolution image quality. More than 400 concerts are currently available in the Digital Concert Hall database.
In January 2009, Berliner Philharmoniker embraced a new way to transmit concerts with its unique Digital Concert Hall. This innovative project – which Deutsche Bank enabled and actively accompanied during its early years – opens the doors of the Philharmonie to music lovers from around the world. More than 40 Berliner Philharmoniker performances per season are transmitted live in the Digital Concert hall. Here music lovers can experience the world famous orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle as well as other renowned guest conductors and soloists. The virtual concert hall’s database meanwhile includes more than 400 performances.
The portal also provides extensive background information, much of it for free, such as interviews with musicians and documentaries of projects in the orchestra’s Education Programme. Furthermore the Digital Concert Hall technology has been used to transmit selected Berliner Philharmoniker concerts live to nearly 100 movie theaters in Europe.
“The Digital Concert Hall impressively shows the dynamism and innovation that can result from a good collaboration – to the benefit of both partners and society at large.”
More than 740,000 users
have registered since the launch of the Digital Concert Hall. The number of subscribers to the virtual concert hall is about 26,000.
Inspiring musical offspring – The Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy
Training talented young instrumentalists to become orchestra musicians is the goal of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy. The scholarship offers gifted, young musicians the opportunity to perfect their skills in the community of acclaimed orchestra musicians.
In the early 1970s, Herbert von Karajan had an innovative idea – establishing an academy for training young musicians for a possible career with the Berliner Philharmoniker. For the first time, talented, young musicians had the opportunity to perfect their skills in the community of acclaimed orchestra musicians. In addition to individual instruction, members of the Academy regularly prepare and give chamber music performances together with instructors from the Berliner Philharmoniker. The young musicians gain valuable experience for their careers and learn the professional discipline of a world-class orchestra and the concert routine in best sense of the word.
Numerous talented, young instrumentalists from around the world face strict selection criteria when auditioning for the Orchestra Academy. Only are few are selected. They complete a two-year training, which is supported by a scholarship. A huge part of their training is devoted to preparing for auditions for a later orchestra position.
Since its establishment, the Academy, which is supported by the Deutsche Bank Foundation, has trained more than 600 young musicians. Today, about one quarter of the orchestra members are graduates of the Academy.
“Without the Academy, the Berlin Philharmoniker would not have developed into the orchestra it is today!”