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 2021

However, the Corona pandemic forced the BJO to rearrange their program. As a result, activities of the orchestra for the Beethoven Year 2020 have been postponed to 2021. Projects also followed in 2021 with Kirill Petrenko, chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, among others.
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The German National Youth Orchestra

The next concert dates
No further dates are currently planned for the remaining 2021 concert year. 

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.
© Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, John Garve
Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, John Garve

Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason is the recipient of the 2021 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.
A highlight for the young musicians each year is the Leonard Bernstein Award, which has been presented since 2002: with this award, the German Savings Bank Finance Group honors young, internationally acclaimed up-and-coming musicians. In 2021, the 25-year-old British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason received it. 
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 SHMF website from February 25, 2022.