Karin Berger, Member of the Advisory Board
"“I am always very pleased to recognize familiar faces at concerts of the Berlin or Vienna Philharmonic or the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. I know them from the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, in my opinion the best and most renowned pool of talent for European orchestral musicians to hone their talent.
There is no better way for young and highly talented musicians to start their professional life than to be part of the GMJO! And that is why I am involved in the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester."
Foto: Thomas Struth
The GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER plays a special role in fostering the musical talents of young people. Through the honorary contribution of founder and music director Claudio Abbado as well as of other renowned conductors, the orchestra has been able to meet the highest artistic standards.
But in order to continue bringing musicians from all parts of Europe together in the future, the Orchestra is in urgent need of further financial help. Working with the GMJO costs money, which is needed for the expensive travels of a pan-European orchestra.
The funds are exclusively for the benefit of the young musicians, as music director Claudio Abbado and most of the conductors and soloists donate their fees.
In order to free the orchestra from at least part of the burden and risk of annual fund raising, a beneficiary foundation has been created for the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER. The Beneficiary Foundation of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is a foundation without legal capacity based in Essen and recognized by an official notification from the Essen tax authorities (November 3, 2015) as a charity on the basis of promotion of cultural goods.
Contributions to the foundation are tax deductible. The foundation is a private initiative and is financed by donations from individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors.
There are three main types of contribution:
- Endowment contributions
- Grants from public and private funding organizations
The foundation also assists the GMJO in setting up sponsoring partnerships. The management will be happy to answer any enquiries.
- receive a contribution receipt that is valid for submission to the tax authorities
- are entered into a file of contributors and are regularly informed about the orchestra's projects
Donators who donate over € 250
- are mentioned by name in the tour programme
Donators who donate over € 2,500
- receive the title of “Patron of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER”
- are mentioned under this heading in the tour programme
- have the opportunity to visit a rehearsal or dress rehearsal
- can be invited to a reception on the occasion of a concert
- can receive a signed tour programme in advance
- have the opportunity to accompany the orchestra on a tour
Donators who support the orchestra with regular donations of € 250 (individuals) and € 1,000 (corporate sponsors)
- become members of the foundation's Circle of Friends
- as an exclusive circle of personal friends of the orchestra, receive frequent updates on the orchestra's activities
- receive documentation about the orchestra's projects
Förderstiftung des Gustav Mahler Jugendorchesters
Im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V.
IBAN: DE80 3605 0105 0001 9715 30
Advisory Board: Dr. Thomas Angyan, Karin Berger, Prof. Dr. Roland Berger, Prof. Dr. Christian Strenger
Geschäftsführung: Deutsches Stiftungszentrum, Widenmayerstraße 10, D-80538 München
If you wish to support the work of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, download one of the following forms (PDF files) and and send it to Deutsches Stiftungszentrum in Munich:
- Form Circle of Friends
- Form Sponsors
STAATSKAPELLE DRESDEN - PARTNER ORCHESTRA
Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, the Staatskapelle Dresden is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and thus steeped in tradition. Over its long history, many distinguished conductors and internationally celebrated instrumentalists have left their mark on this one-time court orchestra. Previous directors include Heinrich Schütz, Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner, who called the ensemble his »miraculous harp«. The list of prominent conductors of the last 150 years includes Ernst von Schuch, Fritz Reiner, Fritz Busch, Karl Böhm, Joseph Keilberth, Rudolf Kempe, Otmar Suitner, Kurt Sanderling, Herbert Blomstedt and Giuseppe Sinopoli. The orchestra was directed by Bernard Haitink from 2002-2004 and by Fabio Luisi from 2007-2010. Principal Conductor since the 2012/2013 season has been Christian Thielemann. In May 2016 the former Principal Conductor Herbert Blomstedt received the title Conductor Laureate. The only person to previously hold this title was Sir Colin Davis, from 1990 until his death in April 2013. Myung-Whun Chung has been Principal Guest Conductor since the 2012/2013 season.
Richard Strauss and the Staatskapelle were closely linked for more than sixty years. Nine of the composer’s operas were premiered in Dresden, including »Salome«, »Elektra« and »Der Rosenkavalier«, while Strauss’s »Alpine Symphony« was dedicated to the orchestra. Countless other famous composers have written works either dedicated to the orchestra or first performed in Dresden. In 2007 the Staatskapelle reaffirmed this tradition by introducing the annual position of »Capell-Compositeur«. Following on from Hans Werner Henze, Sofia Gubaidulina, Wolfgang Rihm, György Kurtág, Arvo Pärt, Peter Eötvös, Aribert Reimann and, posthumously, GiuseppeSinopoli, Matthias Pintscher will hold this title for the 2021/2022 season. As »Capell-Virtuos«, the violist Antoine Tamestit will take part in concerts in the Semperoper as well as on tour.
The Staatskapelle’s home is the Semperoper, where it performs around 260 operas and ballets each season. In addition, the ensemble presents another 50 symphonic and chamber concerts in the opera house, as well as playing at various musical events in Dresden.
As one of the most celebrated and popular symphony orchestras, the Staatskapelle regularly travels abroad to the world’s leading classical venues. Since 2013 the ensemble has been resident orchestra of the Salzburg Easter Festival, whose Artistic Director is none other than Christian Thielemann.
As partner orchestra of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, the Staatskapelle supports the nurturing of young talent. Also active at the local level, the Kapelle is a partner of Meetingpoint Music Messiaen in the double city of Görlitz-Zgorzelec and, in 2010, helped found the International Shostakovich Festival in Gohrisch (Saxon Switzerland), which is the first annual event dedicated to the music and life of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
At a ceremony in Brussels in 2007 the Staatskapelle became the first – and so far only – orchestra to be awarded the »European Prize for the Preservation of the World’s Musical Heritage«.
The GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is appointed "Ambassador UNICEF Austria" on the occasion of its 25th anniversary
The Austrian National Committee for UNICEF was founded in 1962, and in 1987 the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER toured for the first time. In 2012, UNICEF and the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER will start a cooperation: the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER feels honoured to be appointed “Ambassador UNICEF Austria” and to support equal opportunities for all children and young people.
Dr. Gudrun Berger, Managing Director of the Austrian Committee for UNICEF, comments on the newly established collaboration: “We are happy to welcome the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER as “Ambassador UNICEF Austria”. Since its foundation, the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER supported the principle of equal opportunities for children and young people across existing boundaries. We are looking forward to working jointly on the prevention of discrimination and the realization of equal rights.”
From its very beginnings, UNICEF has advocated children’s rights to health care access, education and equal opportunities, safe water, nutrition, and protection from exploitation. The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester will support UNICEF in its mission:
“The GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is proud to be appointed “Ambassador UNICEF Austria” and to support UNICEF in its mission. Apart from its artistic and political legacy – in the early stages, it helped to overcome existing and apparently insurmountable barriers – , the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER was and is committed to equal opportunities and free access to education and profession. Therefore it is an important task and a great honour to establish a cooperation with UNICEF and to commit ourselves to equal opportunities for all children and young people.” (Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli, Secretary General of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER)
The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester follows the guidelines directed to cultural institutions for sponsoring and other sources of income from third parties, issued by the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport of the Republic of Austria (BMKOES).