UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Alumnus
In 2007, the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic) became the first institution to be named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The orchestra has demonstrated great commitment to children and young people worldwide, especially through its education programme and benefit concerts supporting communities suffering the aftermath of conflict and natural disasters.
The Berliner Philharmoniker has raised funds for survivors of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, the 2013 typhoon in the Philippines, and the crisis in Syria.
Over the years, many artists have participated in these benefit concerts, such as Mitsuko Uchida, András Schiff, Lang Lang, Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman. Special highlights include the auction of the Alfred Brendel grand piano in 2012, the Deutsche Bank donation at the Kulturforum Festival, the 2015 Waldbühne Concert with pianist Lang Lang, the German Federal President's Benefit Concert in 2017, and the globally acclaimed Europe Concert during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.