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Goals and support

Supporting, sponsoring, helping – the Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker are involved in a variety of ways:

  • Purchasing high-quality instruments
  • Funding assistance for musicians in the orchestra enabling them to purchase instruments of their own
  • Improving the facilities of the Philharmonic Hall, e.g. in the areas of sound technology and the design of the lobby
  • Critically examining and presenting the history of the orchestra
  • Sponsoring specific orchestra projects

Last but not least, the board members of the association provide advice and support to the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation.

(Photo: (Foto: Peter Adamik))

Our projects

Since 2003 the “Friends” have raised almost € 2 million including many interest-free loans granted to members of the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra to purchase instruments.

2014

2013

2012

2011

  • The purchase of a Tourt-Violin-Bow for use by the Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Travel grant for a UNICEF Project (Haiti) of the Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Purchase of the foundation Heckelphone
  • Grant to restore the organ

2010

  • Underwriting the transcription and translation costs of the Victor-Hußla-Letters
  • Grant for the purchase of a concert piano for the Philharmonie
  • Grant for building a joint archive of the Berliner Philharmoniker Stiftung

2009

  • Grant for modernising sound technology in the Chamber Music Hall
  • Grant for the acquisition of a B-Piano
  • Financial aid in the acquisition of the Stradivari Ex Hubai

2008

  • Grant for the creating a video project on the history of the Philharmonie
  • Grant for the restoration of the Philharmonie Organ
  • Buying a new double bass

2007

  • Purchase of 4 Baroque violin bows
  • Purchase of the Storioni violin
  • Grant for the planning costs of the extension of the Philharmonie

2006

  • Acquisition of a photographic artwork for the foyer of the Philharmonie
  • Grant for the Klaus Stoll DVD project
  • Grant for research of the orchestra’s history for its 125-year jubilee
  • Grant for the “Entartete Musik” (Degenerate Music) exhibition

2005

  • Grant for the redesign of the East Entrance of the Philharmonie
  • Grant for the documentation of the history of the orchestra between 1933 and 1945
  • Grant for the documentation of the history of the orchestra on its 125-year jubilee
  • Grant for educational work, financing of instruments as well as special activities of the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker (Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation)

2004

  • Purchase of a Bechstein grand piano for the Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Second grant for enhancing the acoustics and lighting
  • Grant for the redesign of the East Entrance of the Philharmonie
  • Purchase of the remaining stock of Peter Muck’s 100 years of the Berlin Philharmonic
  • Additional grant for publishing the Abbado book

2003

  • Enhancing the acoustics in the Chamber Music Hall
  • Funding the youth work of the Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Taking over the Stresemann archive
  • Grant for publishing the Abbado book