In their role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, the Berliner Philharmoniker musicians Christoph Hartmann (oboe), Philipp Bohnen (violin) and Mor Biron (bassoon) have travelled to Azerbaijan where the Berlin ensemble, accompanied by cellist Clemens Weigel, will give a concert in Baku with the state symphony orchestra.
The occasion for this trip and the concert is the first international conference for people with disabilities, currently taking place in Baku. The aim of this conference is to strengthen the rights of children with disabilities in the states of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and to provide opportunities for appropriate education and support. According to UNICEF, there are about 60,000 children with disabilities in Azerbaijan alone. Many of them are housed in orphanages, children’s homes and boarding schools and are socially isolated.
The musicians will visit different projects in Baku and its surroundings, including two centres for children with mental and physical disabilities. “We are happy to contribute our music so we can help build a more inclusive society, where children with and without disabilities are free to express themselves through music or other means. Every child deserves a chance to participate actively and as equal member of society according with his or her potentials,” says Stanley Dodds, Media Chairman of the Berliner Philharmoniker.