European Culture Prize Taurus

This Friday 8 June, 38 EUYO musicians will perform at The European Culture Prize TAURUS ceremony in Dresden. The European Culture Prize is presented annually to individuals and organisations who have contributed to the idea of a unified Europe. The EUYO is delighted to be awarded this prize alongside seven other recipients.

The performance will take place at the Frauenkirche in Dresden at 8.15pm and will be broadcast live by German public broadcaster, MDR. See the full repertoire below:

Vasily Petrenko Conductor

Anja Harteros Soprano

Piotr Beczala Tenor

Jan Vogler Cello

Dresdner Kreuzchor


George Frideric Handel Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah

Richard Wagner Träume from the Wesendoncklieder

Ernest Bloch Prayer from Jewish Life

Felix Mendelssohn Presto and Finale Saltarello from Symphony No.4 in A Italian

Giuseppe Verdi Celeste Aida from Aida

Ludwig van Beethoven Ode to Joy, The European Hymn

Programme subject to change


We are pleased to be joined again by our Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko for this celebration of a cultured Europe.

“I am delighted to be conducting the EUYO for the 2018 European Culture Award Ceremony in Dresden this year. The ceremony honours some of the finest orchestral talent across Europe and it is important for the outstanding young players of the EUYO to form part of the occasion, recognising that they will become the orchestral talent of the future in Europe and across the globe. It is also a great honour for me to be leading the EUYO as it is presented with an award for their contribution towards a more flourishing, cultured and unified Europe.” - Vasily Petrenko, Chief Conductor