Our commitment to music

The Deka has sponsored the Bundesjugendorchester since 2018

Quiet slowly settles over the orchestra hall. Nearly one hundred young people are on stage with violins, trumpets and clarinets. A magnificent sight, normality at the National Youth Orchestra. It offers outstanding young people between the ages of 14 and 19 the unique opportunity to work with the best orchestra musicians, soloists and conductors in the world. Deka provides financial support for the Bundesjugendorchester (National Youth Orchestra) to pave the way for young talents to enter the world’s great stages.

© Mutesouvenir / Kai Bienert
Mutesouvenir / Kai Bienert

A springboard for excellent young musicians: the partnership between Deka and the Bundesjugendorchester.

Deka and the German National Youth Orchestra

Deka has supported the Bundesjugendorchester since 2018 – musical education at the highest level. Young people whose families need financial support for travel also take part in the concert tour. In addition, the orchestra buys instruments to lend to young members. In 2021, the funding was extended for another three years.
This partnership complements the long-standing tradition of the German Savings Bank Finance Group (Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe): Since 1969, it has been committed to “Jugend musiziert”, the most important classical music competition for young people in Germany.
Dr. Georg Stocker, Chairman of the Board of Management

The musicians of the Bundesjugendorchester work on orchestral works and pieces of music with great professionalism, energy and dedication. What they have achieved is simply remarkable. I am delighted that we are supporting the National Youth Orchestra.

Meet the Bundesjugendorchester

The Bundesjugendorchester - a musical institution

The Bundesjugendorchester is the undisputed leader in supporting the development of musicians: In 1969, the German Music Council founded the Youth Orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany. The young musicians aged between 14 and 19 inspire the audience with their talent, ability and passion for music.

Every year, pupils come together for periods of work lasting several weeks. The National Youth Orchestra then goes on a concert tour. There are also short-term special projects. The artistic direction is provided by well-known conductors.

The majority of the more than 2,500 alumni work today as orchestra musicians, lecturers or professors. The Berlin Philharmonic alone has 18 former members. Internationally famous soloists such as Sabine Meyer, clarinet and Tabea Zimmermann, viola gained their first experience in the National Youth Orchestra.
© Selina Pfruener
Selina Pfruener

Full concentration on the music:
Members of the Bundesjugendorchester

The Bundesjugendorchester in the year 2022

After the drastic experiences of the last two Corona years, this year the Federal Youth Orchestra is focusing its concert tours on the theme of friendship - friendship between Europeans, between musicians and between composers. 

A topic that is once again relevant due to the war in Ukraine: The Federal Youth Orchestra initiated an aid and donation campaign for the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. The financial resources are intended to support the musicians and their families and help keep the orchestra together. Because culture can help stabilize society and strengthen the community, Deka supported the Ukrainian sponsor orchestra with a donation.
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The German National Youth Orchestra

Charity concerts

A joint concert of the Federal Youth Orchestra with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in Odessa was planned for May this year. The terrible war of aggression on Ukraine has made this impossible. In 2022, therefore, benefit concerts for the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine were held at Schloss Neuhardenberg as well as in Rendsburg, Berlin, Hanover and Cologne to support the valuable work of the Ukrainian youth orchestra.
The next concert dates

The summer of 2022 is marked by musical friendships: shortly before Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler met, they composed the Double Concerto in A minor for violin, violoncello and orchestra op. 102 (Brahms) and Symphony No. 1 (Mahler). The BJO will present these works on the following dates:
- August 5: Stolpe an der Peene - Haferscheune of the manor house.
- August 6: Berlin - concert hall
- August 7: Oelde - Sparkassen forest stage
- August 9: Osnabrück - Campus St. Angela
- August 11: Oberstdorf - Nebelhorn Hall
- August 13: Kassel - Kongress-Palais

For more information and dates, click here.

A role model for promoting young talent

The goal of the partnership is to support the BJO in its role as cultural ambassador for the Federal Republic of Germany. The BJO has already toured through Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, often for events or projects of historical significance. We also support the youth orchestra work of the BJO. These outstanding young musicians work together to develop an understanding of works under the guidance of renowned conductors. This broadens their artistic and human experience and promotes learning of social skills and values.
Individual BJO appearances for Deka arouse interest and encourage exchange between employees of the company. In 2020, Johanna Spegg (trumpet), Casper Hesprich (violin) and Max Volbers (harpsichord) gave a small concert at Deka's digital Christmas party. They also talked about their time with the orchestra and the life of creative artists during the coronavirus crisis.
© Foto: Kaupo Kikkas
Foto: Kaupo Kikkas

Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe is the recipient of the 2022 Leonard Bernstein Award sponsored by the Savings Banks Finance Group.

The Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival

Since 1986, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (SHMF) has been taking place every summer at various venues in Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg and even in Denmark. With more than 200 concerts, the SHMF brings music directly to the local people:
Magnificent estates, thatched-roof barns, historic horse stables, glamorous mansions, picturesque churches, imposing shipyards and industrial plants are brought to life with music.

The SHMF is one of the largest classical music festivals in Europe. Its sponsorship is a joint effort by institutions of the German Savings Bank Finance Group , including Deka since 2020. Together, they demonstrate that the German Savings Bank Finance Group fulfills its public mission and is committed to the common good.
The Leonard Bernstein Award, which has been presented since 2002 and is sponsored by the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe, is an annual highlight for young, internationally acclaimed up-and-coming musicians. In 2022, it was awarded to the 29-year-old Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe, who combines musical genres and epochs in an unusual way, thus giving the classical guitar new popularity. The prize winner's concert will take place on 19.08.2022 in Lübeck. Works by Joaquín Rodrigo and Antonín Dvořák will be played.
In 2021, around 101,000 visitors took part in around 200 events and concerts: These included five music festivals, two children's music festivals and a shipyard summer, where techno, reggae and indie pop bands performed. A music festival tractor toured Schleswig-Holstein and made stops in public places. Around two thirds of all concerts took place outdoors - due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
The next SHMF summer festival is already being planned: in 2022, the SHMF will take place from July 2 to August 28. The complete program and more detailed information can be found on the here.

A future for the next generation of musicians

Culture is a pillar of society. The numerous cancellations of cultural events during the pandemic hit many young up-and-coming artists particularly hard: they were denied performance opportunities and thus further artistic prospects. Financial resources were lost and it became more difficult than ever to build a musical career.
However, especially those who are at the beginning of their musical career need more opportunities to make music in front of an audience. This secures livelihoods and sharpens musical development. Zukunft Klassik e.V., within the framework of the Rheingau Music Festival, is specifically committed to providing up-and-coming musical talents with regular performance opportunities once again. The association supports concert organizers from the field of classical music in the realization of such projects.
© Olaf Malzahn
Olaf Malzahn

Classical music needs a future: talented young artists, like here from the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, keep it alive

The youth orchestras supported by Zukunft Klassik e.V. include the international orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and Sean Shibe, winner of this year's Leonard Bernstein Award. The Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Award are sponsored by the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe and Deka. 
Deka supports Zukunft Klassik e.V. during the festival summer 2022. The association sponsors the following concerts of youth orchestras as well as free ensembles during the Rheingau Musik Festival:
  • August 5: Orchester im Treppenhaus, Schloss Johannisberg
  • August 20: Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Kurhaus Wiesbaden
  • August 27: Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Kloster Eberbach
  • September 2: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Schloss Johannisberg
  • September 2: Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Kloster Eberbach