Berlin, 16 March 2015:
The Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic announces its sponsors for 2015

Lead sponsors: Nord Stream AG and Saipem

Supporters: Sapinda International Services B.V.; Gazprombank; VTB Bank (Deutschland) AG; Ventura Group

Berlin, 16 March 2015. The Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic (BYP) is proud to announce its sponsors and supporters for 2015 from across the fields of finance, energy, engineering, IT and private funding. Nord Stream AG – operator of the natural gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea– continues as lead sponsor for an eighth year. The consortium has supported the orchestra since the very beginning, having been a co-founder of the orchestra in 2008 along with the Usedom Music Festival. Saipem, one of the global leaders in the engineering & construction and drilling businesses and sponsor of the orchestra since 2011, also maintains its support of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic and will bring the orchestra to Italy again this year.

The Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic also welcomes new supporters Sapinda International Services B.V., Gazprombank and VTB Bank (Deutschland) AG as well as the Ventura Group. BYP also receives additional support from the German Foreign Office.

“We are very honoured to have the continued engagement, passion and vision of the Usedom Music Festival, Nord Stream and Saipem. Their support over many years makes it possible to bring together young musicians from across the Baltic Sea region to collaborate in this unique orchestra and transcend borders. As a platform for cooperation, we are thrilled to see our mix of new and existing sponsors and supporters come together in support of BYP’s values of ‘Community, Innovation and Passion,’” says Thomas Hummel, Executive Director of the Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation.

Bringing the sound of the Baltic Sea across Europe in 2015 

Created in 2008 as a joint initiative of the Usedom Music Festival and Nord Stream AG, the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic brings together gifted young musicians from across the entire Baltic Sea region. More than a youth orchestra, it is a project for cultural and social integration and cooperation in a historically-divided region. Renowned for its captivating live performances under Music Director and Founding Conductor Kristjan Järvi, BYP has – in the seven years since its launch – toured throughout the Baltic Sea region and performed in several of the most prestigious concert halls with some of today’s most renowned soloists. It boasts an artistic advisory council that includes Kurt Masur and Valery Gergiev.

Highlights for the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic in 2015 include: two concert tours across Europe; its first official album release, ‘Baltic Sea Voyage’, on French label Naïve Classique; continuation of its innovative education programme including ‘BYP LAB’, a week of workshops and seminars with a team of international coaches; and concert debuts in Paris and Zurich. 2015 also sees the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic honoured with the major award, the European Cultural Prize by the European Foundation for Culture.

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