Musical signs of hope: Arab-Jewish Youth Orchestra Israel awarded the Würth Prize of Jeunesses Musicales 2009

Künzelsau/Berlin. On Monday, 29 June 2009, the Würth Prize of Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland (JMD), which includes prize money of EUR 20,000, was awarded to the Arab-Jewish Youth Orchestra in Berlin. In her eulogy, Vice President of the Bundestag Katrin Göring-Eckardt emphasized the intercultural contribution of the orchestra to the peace process in the Middle East.

“Where diplomacy is time and again drowned by the language of weapons, the Arab-Jewish Youth Orchestra proves that music is a free terrain where members of both cultures meet peacefully and successfully, thus creating an exhilarating result together”, acknowledged Dr. Hans-Herwig Geyer, President of JMD, who together with Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth presented the prize to the orchestra’s founder Dr. Meir Wiesel. “The promotion of the world’s musical youth and youth in general cannot be valued highly enough as it creates lasting peace”, stated the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Charitable Würth Trust, Reinhold Würth.

The Würth Prize of Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland is one of the most exclusive awards in the German musical scene. It is awarded to artists, ensembles and projects that exemplarily meet the values and fulfill the objectives of JMD. Since 1991, personalities such as conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the music publisher Theo Geißler, ensembles including Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Ensemble Resonanz or the education program of Berliner Philharmoniker have received the award.

Information: Charitable Würth Trust

The Charitable Würth Trust was initiated by Reinhold and Carmen Würth in 1987. It supports a myriad of projects from the field of arts and culture, research and science as well as training and education. Currently, the trust capital amounts to EUR 4.1 million.

The Charitable Würth Trust develops own activities and additionally promotes projects of other institutions with focus on the Hohenlohe Region.

In 2005, the Competence Center Economic Education Baden-Württemberg was established under the roof of the Charitable Würth Trust, the aim of which is to introduce schools to economic topics. The competence center presents a Würth Education Award every year.

Furthermore, the Charitable Würth Trust is in charge of Freie Schule Anne Sophie which was founded in Künzelsau in 2006. The school is a certified private school with all-day care for all school careers – from pre-school to high-school diploma. The school has its own educational concept. The Charitable Würth Trust administers the Foundation for the Promotion of the Reinhold-Würth-Hochschule of the Hochschule Heilbronn (college) which attends to the promotion of research and science at the college. The trust was granted a trust capital of ten million euros by the Würth Group.

Particularly important projects of other institutions that have been promoted on a regular basis are Hohenloher Kultursommer, the international violin competition, which is held every two years by Kulturstiftung Hohenlohe (Cultural Foundation Hohenlohe), the opera of Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland in Weikersheim and the work of the historical association for Württemberg-Franconia.

At the moment, the Charitable Würth Trust awards the following prizes:

  • Würth Prize of Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland
  • Robert Jacobsen Prize
  • Würth Education Prize