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Berliner Philharmoniker

Goodwill Ambassador

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“UNICEF has the same goals that we have. They work worldwide, trying to give children conditions in which they can develop themselves to their full potential and lead really fulfilling lives in dignity and with creativity. We want the same thing." - Berliner Philharmoniker Director Pamela Rosenberg

The Berliner Philharmoniker is one of the world’s finest orchestras with more than 120 full-time members. In 2002, led by Sir Simon Rattle, Artistic Director, the orchestra became a charitable foundation and with the support of Deutsche Bank established an education program - Zukunft@BPhil – to bring the music of the orchestra to a younger audience. 

In November 2007, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle were appointed international UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors in recognition of their commitment to empower and inspire children through music.

The Berliner Philharmoniker was founded in 1882. Its first concert was led by Ludwig von Brenner and subsequent principal conductors were Hans von Bülow, Arthur Nikisch, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Leo Borchard, Sergiu Celibidache, Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado. 

Sir Simon Rattle made his conducting debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker 1987. In 1999, he was appointed as the orchestra's principal conductor. He became its Chief Conductor and Artistic Director in September 2002. In addition to its Berlin concert schedule, the orchestra tours extensively, and has garnered many awards for its recordings and pioneering educational work.

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Simon Rattle was born in Liverpool, England. He attended the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was awarded a CBE in 1987 and made a Knight Bachelor in 1994.

Other distinctions in recognition of his artistic activities include the Shakespeare Prize by the Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg (1996) and the Albert Medal of the Royal Society of Arts (1997).  For the Zukunft@Bphil, he earned the 2004 Comenius Prize, the Schiller Special Prize from the city of Mannheim in 2005, and the Golden Camera and the Urania Medal in 2007. 2009 brought him the Spanish Premio Don Juan de Borbón de la Música, the “Gloria Artis” gold medal from the Polish Ministry of Culture Warsaw and the German Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz).



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