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Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

May we introduce? The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie aka the "Orchestra of the Future" - creative, lively and full of drive to shape the musical world of tomorrow! Our orchestra brings together the best students from German-speaking music academies between the ages of 18 and 28 who are passionate about making music and creating visions for the future. We make music with the highest artistic standards, develop experimental concert formats for our festival FREISPIEL, and tour regularly to the largest concert halls in Europe and around the world. Since 2014, Jonathan Nott has accompanied us as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor.

The focus on contemporary music has been written into our orchestra's DNA since its founding in 1974. Why? Because we want to test boundaries, break traditional listening habits and fully explore the sound worlds of music. In this way, we take our audience on a voyage of discovery and ensure that the concert experience remains in the memory. In addition to contemporary music, the great symphonic repertoire and historical performance practice are on the program. As an orchestra of the future, we are among the pioneers of democratically structured orchestras. This means: we do almost everything ourselves! Each of us has the opportunity to actively participate in the orchestra's management in committees such as the board of directors or the program committee. We pass on our passion for making music in music education projects, e.g. through concert introductions and school visits on tour or through long-term cooperation with schools in the Rhine-Main area. Horizon-expanding project days and rehearsals with experienced orchestra musicians make us fit for (professional) life. After all, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie bridges the gap between study and career and is an important seal of approval for many professional orchestras. orchestras, it is an important seal of quality for training.

No wonder, then, that many of our former members can be found in the ranks of leading orchestras or hold professorships at music colleges. The ensembles that have emerged from the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie also have a lasting influence on the cultural scene. These include the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Resonanz and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Our work is honored and recognized, among other things, by the patronage of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media Claudia Roth, the regular invitations of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra to the Berlin Philharmonie, the sponsorship with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra that has existed since 2015, the support of our Board of Trustees, Circle of Friends, our patrons and sponsors, and most recently by winning the Binding Culture Prize 2020.