The Berliner Philharmoniker and the New York Philharmonic are the winners of the 2014 Transatlantic Partnership Award. The award, which is given annually by the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, pays tribute to the cultural achievements of the orchestras on an international level. According to AmCham, they inspire and captivate individuals on both sides of the Atlantic, and build bridges which bring continents together. Sir Simon Rattle and Alan Gilbert, the chief conductors of the two orchestras, received the award at a gala dinner attended by some 300 figures from the worlds of politics, business, science and society in the Jewish Museum Berlin. The laudatory speech was given by the German Federal Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schäuble. Previous winners include Dirk Nowitzki and Bill Gates. For the first time in the history of the Transatlantic Partnership Award, the prize goes to two orchestras.