Standing Ovations in the sold-out hall of the ‘Elbphilharmonie’. On the 3rd of October, the Felix Mendelssohn youth orchestra in Hamburg was awarded with the European Young Talent Award 2017. Professor Clemens Malich, conductor and head of the ensemble was excited about the award and said: “For us it is a special honour to receive such an appreciation”. Nane Schulz, youngest member of the orchestra, thanked for the “beautiful concert”. With more than 100 members in the age from 10 to 27 years, the ensemble belongs to one of the greatest and most successful of their kind in Germany. Since the foundation in 1974 the young musicians play in many European countries. Beside the prize sculpture TAURUS, they also received a promotion over 12.000€, which will be used for a concert trip to France in the next year.

Special moment for the youth orchestra: the performance with SILBERMOND. Between the songs “B 96” and “Leichtes Gepäck”, which sounded complete new arranged in classic, singer Stefanie Kloß hold an emotional laudation. “You have such a great energy, which is affecting.”, she shouted to the young musicians. “If I were young and would see you, my career wish would be clear: musician.” The song “B 96”, referred to the federal road 96 – which leads from Zittau in the east of the ‘Oberlausitz’ to Sassnitz on the island Rügen – is a really personal homage to the home of the band. And nothing could fit better on the day of the German Unity.

Occasion of the special evening in the ‘Elbphilharmonie’ was actually the 30-year-lasting town twinning between Dresden and Hamburg. Reason enough to be there for Dresden’s lord mayor Dirk Hilbert. And another prominent representative of saxony’s state capital: Cellist and artistic director of the ‘Dresdner Musikfestspiele’ Jan Vogler played together with the Felix Mendelssohn youth orchestra. “I’m happy to play with the young musicians of the Felix Mendelssohn youth orchestra and congratulate the young musicians for their award.”, said Jan Vogler. The world-known musician also brought special guests with him in the north: that from him founded ‘Dresdner Festspiel orchestra’ under the conductor Josep Caballé Domenech. The, in Barcelona born conductor is caring the same European thought as the orchestra through many countries. He performed with orchestras like the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Tonhalle orchestra from Zurich, the symphonic orchestra of the WDR Cologne, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stockholm Philharmonic or the Czech Philharmonic.

From the rank presented were six young music ambassadors – also from Dresden. The ensemble ECHO, formed by six former Kreuzchor singers, inspired in the sold-out ‘Elbphilharmnoie’. This group, as well as the awarded orchestra stand for one of the main concerns of the European Cultural Forum. “We are well aware, that the promotion of young talents needs to play an important role nowadays.”, so Sigrid Kühnemann, board of directors of the European Cultural Forum. “Exactly this task we take on again and again. Therefore, we establish an foundation for a sustainable development.” And Sigrid Kühnemann knows, which meaning such activities have. For the rebuild of the ‘Dresdner Frauenkirche’, her and her husbands founded friendship circle in Celle donated the pillar B, one of the six basic pillars of the ‘Dresdner Frauenkirche’.