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.

Video – Milestones from 25 years of successful partnership between Deutsche Bank and Berliner Philharmoniker

Video – Milestones from over 25 years of successful partnership between Deutsche Bank and Berliner Philharmoniker

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.

Current developments

Digital Concert Hall

DCH

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.”

John Cryan Deutsche Bank AG

“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.”

Sir Simon Rattle Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Experiencing music. Discovering passion.

Rodion Schtschedrin’s “Carmen Suite”

Carmen

Children and young people in the Education Programme have produced a captivating performance of Rodion Schtschedrin’s “Carmen Suite” based on the music from George Bizet’s famous opera.
© Monika Rittershaus

Rodion Schtschedrin’s “Carmen Suite”

Carmen

Children and young people in the Education Programme have produced a captivating performance of Rodion Schtschedrin’s “Carmen Suite” based on the music from George Bizet’s famous opera.
© Monika Rittershaus

Rodion Schtschedrin’s “Carmen Suite”

Carmen

Children and young people in the Education Programme have produced a captivating performance of Rodion Schtschedrin’s “Carmen Suite” based on the music from George Bizet’s famous opera.
© Monika Rittershaus

Rodion Schtschedrin’s “Carmen Suite”

Carmen

Children and young people in the Education Programme have produced a captivating performance of Rodion Schtschedrin’s “Carmen Suite” based on the music from George Bizet’s famous opera.
© Monika Rittershaus

Digital Concert Hall

Digital Concert Hall

Living room concerts – Digital Concert Hall offers lovers of classical music outstanding quality.

Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy

Orchestra Academy

Since its establishment the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy has trained more than 600 young musicians, many of whom later joined the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy

Orchestra Academy

Since its establishment the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy has trained more than 600 young musicians, many of whom later joined the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy

Orchestra Academy

Since its establishment the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy has trained more than 600 young musicians, many of whom later joined the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Deutsche Bank and the Berliner Philharmoniker

For more than 25 years, Deutsche Bank and the Berliner Philharmoniker enjoy a close partnership in which they have initiated and implemented innovative projects.

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.

June│2014

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.

2014│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│Berlin

Since 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│2013

First 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.

Vokalhelden Dove

"The Monster in the Maze" is the title of Jonathan Dove's opera for children, which was performed for the first time on 21 and 22 June 2015 in Berlin. It was a fantastic performance opportunity for the young “vocal heroes”!

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”. 

Rodion Schtschedrins „Carmen-Suite“

Music brings people together. This conviction led to the establishment of the Berliner Philharmoniker's Education Programm. This initiative has been supported by Deutsche Bank since it's launch in 2002.

Great interest

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.

Digital Concert Hall

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.”

John Cryan Deutsche Bank AG

Great response

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.

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy

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!”

Walter Seyfarth Solo clarinetist with the Berliner Philharmoniker

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