The award is made in recognition of people and organisations that promote dialogue between European states and regions, with previous winners including Kurt Masur, Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic. When awarding the prestigious prize, the jury cited BYP’s ‘passionate and thrilling performances as an example to others to inspire worldwide audiences and foster cultural understanding in Europe and beyond.’
As part of the ceremony, the orchestra performed orchestral works by Beethoven and Charpentier and accompanied artists including Jonas Kaufmann, Angela Gheorghiu, Daniel Hope and Simone Kermes, under the baton of Kristjan Järvi, who received the award from the former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who was deeply involved in the unification of the two Germanies 25 years ago and the European integration.
Hans-Dietrich Genscher said: “Today, we are essentially witnessing a young orchestra with the message to be an ambassador of a new age! This has a lot to do with its conductor, Kristjan Järvi – one of the most powerful around the world“
Re-experience the gala event and the performance of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic which was live broadcast on German TV here.