The Young Sound Forum of Central Europe - © Kai Bienert

The Young Sound Forum of Central Europe

Making Music in the Spirit of European Reconciliation

The Young Sound Forum of Central Europe was founded in 2002 by the young German conductor Christoph Altstaedt and the cultural manager Holger Simon, who managed the orchestra from 2002-2007. The ensemble originally consisted of former members of the German National Youth Orchestra (Bundesjugendorchester) and was known as the Young German Sound Forum. Following a project with young Czech musicians in Terezín (Theresienstadt) the idea was born to develop a long-term musical partnership between the two nations. The Young Sound Forum of Central Europe was subsequently founded on the initiative of the former German Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker. The patrons of the orchestra are Dr. von Weizsäcker, the former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa and the former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel.

Within the first four years of its existence the Young Sound Forum of Central Europe has been recognised for its musical excellence and contributions to international understanding and reconciliation in Europe with the Praemium Imperiale 2004, the Marion Dönhoff Award 2005 and the European Youth Orchestra Prize 2006.
Christoph Altstaedt is the Musical Director of the Young Sound Forum of Central Europe. Krzysztof Penderecki, Sebastian Weigle and Muhai Tang et al. have been guest conductors of the orchestra. Concert tours have taken the Young Sound Forum of Central Europe to some of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe and Japan.

Former members of the Young Sound Forum of Central Europe hold important positions in leading European orchestras.