BYP to collect European Culture Prize 2015 at star-studded Dresden event

The Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic travels to Dresden, Germany, this week, to pick up the prestigious European Culture Prize 2015 and perform at a star-studded gala awards ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of German reunification, on 2 October.

The orchestra will take to the stage of Dresden’s Frauenkirche under the baton of Kristjan Järvi and as well as performing orchestral works by Beethoven and Charpentier, will accompany celebrity singers Angela Gheorghiu and Jonas Kaufmann and other music stars. The players will end the evening with a performance of what has come to be known as the European anthem, Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’.

The orchestra was awarded the prize by the European Foundation for Culture ‘Pro Europe’ in recognition of its ‘passionate and thrilling performances as an example to others to inspire worldwide audiences and foster cultural understanding in Europe and beyond’. The award will be presented by former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, and Daniel Barenboim will speak at the event, which will be broadcast live by Central German Broadcasting MDR.

The young players of the ten states surrounding the Baltic Sea have just returned from a successful nine-day ten-city tour of Europe.