The EUYO announces a new Advisory Council and a new Foundation Board Co-Chair

14/12/2020 - Following its award in recent days as European Cultural Brand of the Year 2020 The European Union Youth Orchestra is delighted to announce a new Advisory Council. Its founding members are fourteen eminent individuals from across the EU and Europe who will be offering significant strategic, operational, commercial and artistic support to the Orchestra as part of the EUYO’s ongoing development of its European networks.

The Founding Chair of the Advisory Council is to be Sir Ian Stoutzker CBE, who steps down from his position as Co-Chair of the European Union Youth Orchestra Foundation (EUYOF) board in order to take up his new position with the Advisory Council.

Martijn Sanders, Director of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw from 1982 to 2006, and currently a member of the EUYOF board, is appointed as Co-Chair of the EUYO Foundation Board alongside current Co-Chair Sir John Tusa.

Ian Stoutzker has been an absolute rock in steering the affairs of EUYO as co-chair during the last 6 years” remarked Sir John TusaHis wisdom, judgement, advice and interventions have been given tirelessly and generously. I shall miss him as the closest of friends and the best of colleagues. We are incredibly fortunate to have Martijn Sanders, long-time Director of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to succeed Ian as Co-Chair. I look forward greatly to our partnership”.

It has been an incredible privilege to play my part in steering the wonderful EUYO through a number of challenging issues over the past six years” said Sir Ian Stoutzker. “It has also been a pleasure to hear and see them give extraordinary performances of the greatest works in the repertoire under some of the world's finest musicians. The EUYO is powered by an absolute artistic and diplomatic mission, and I look forward to continuing my support through the means of the new Advisory Council”.

Martijn Sanders commented, “I am very proud to be appointed as Co-Chair of the EUYO which embodies the European spirit in assembling the best young musicians of Europe each spring, summer and autumn”.




EUYO Foundation Board

Sir John Tusa (Co-Chair)

Former Director of the BBC World Service (1986–92), Managing Director of the Barbican Centre and Chairman of the University of the Arts London, he serves also as board member of many other cultural organisations such as the British Museum and the ENO. Read more

Martijn Sanders (Co-Chair)

In his time as General director of the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw from 1982 to 2006, the Concertgebouw became the best-attended classical music venue in the world. Currently he is Co-Chair of the EUYO Foundation Board succeeding Sir Ian Stoutzker. Read more



Dr. Martin Eichtinger

Austrian politician, he is a Member of the Government of Lower Austria, who also served as Austrian Ambassador to Romania and Moldova (2007-10) and to the UK (2015-18) and was Director General for Cultural Policy at the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs in Vienna. Read more

Ilaria Borletti Buitoni

Founder of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust in 2003, where she still serves as a Trustee, she was appointed President of the Italian Environment Fund in 2011, founded the NGO AMREF Italia and was appointed Undersecretary for Cultural Heritage in Italy from 2013 to 2017. Read more



Prof. Dr. Tobias Wollermann

Managing director of The Young ClassX from 2008 to 2020, he teaches at the Institute for Cultural and Media Management (KMM) in Hamburg. Board member of several German music foundations and since 2020 Vice President Corporate Responsibility of the Otto Group. Read more

Ewa Bogusz-Moore

General director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, she was also deputy director at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, promoting classical music. Starting her musical career as cellist, she combines orchestral management experience with business acumen. Read more



EUYO Advisory Council

Sir Ian Stoutzker CBE (Chair)

Co-founder of the ground breaking charity Live Music Now, in recognition of his merits he was awarded the CBE for Services to the Arts in 2012 and a knighthood in 2019. He is Vice President of the Royal College of Music and supporter of the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Read more

Tania Bryer

British born broadcaster and philanthropist, she is the Host and Executive Producer of a number of hugely popular series across CNBC’s worldwide network, including “CNBC Meets”. She is Chair of the National Events Committee for Cancer Research UK and host of many international panels. Read more



Rudolf Buchbinder

One of the most famous pianists of our time, with a career spanning more than sixty years in the world’s best concert halls, documented by numerous award-winning recordings. Since 2007, he is Artistic Director of the Grafenegg Festival. Read more

Silvia Costa

Italian politician and journalist, during her time as an MEP in the European Parliament she was a member of the Committee on Culture and Education, including being its chair from 2014 to 2017, and serving as vice-chair of the Delegation for relations with Iraq from 2009 to 2014. Read more



Étienne Davignon

Belgian politician and businessperson, from 1977 to 1985 he served as a member of the European Commission, of which he was vice-president from 1981 until 1985. He is now Vice Chairman of Suez subsidiary, Suez-Tractebel and President of the think tank Friends of Europe. Read more

Tassilo Metternich-Sándor

Owner of Grafenegg Castle in Austria, which hosts the Grafenegg Festival and is the EUYO Summer Home since 2014, he is also shareholder of Grafenegg Kulturbetriebsgesellschaft mbH, member of its Advisory board and Vice-Chairman of the Wien Musikverein. Read more



Paloma O'Shea Artiñano

Pianist, patroness of the arts, founder and current principal of the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid, one of the most important music teaching institutions in Europe. She has been awarded with the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts and the UNESCO Picasso Medal, just to name a few. Read more

Elżbieta Penderecka

Polish cultural activist, initiator of music festivals, member of the governing bodies of international music foundations, wife of recently passed away composer Krzysztof Penderecki. Today, she is the president of the Ludwig van Beethoven Association in Warsaw. Read more



Costa Pilavachi

Former President of Philips Music Group, Decca Music Group and EMI Classics, and former Senior-Vice President at Universal Music, overseeing the programming of Decca and Deutsch Grammophon, he is currently Co-Curator of Music at the Athens and Epidaurus Festival in Greece. Read more

Dr. Erwin Pröll

Austrian politician, he served the Lower Austrian state government for a total of 37 years, including almost 25 years as governor from 1992 to 2017. Since then, he has been honorary chairman of the supervisory board of Kultur.Region.Niederösterreich GmbH. Read more



Sneška Quaedvlieg- Mihailović

Secretary General of Europa Nostra since 2000, she works closely with EU institutions, the Council of Europe, the UN, UNESCO and other international and European governmental and non– governmental bodies to preserve and promote European cultural heritage. Read more

Jan Raes

Musician and teacher, he has been Managing Director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 2008 to 2020 and currently is the CEO of the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen. He has also recently become chairman of the Festival of Flanders, Brussels International and the Klara Festival. Read more



Simon Reinink

After pursuing a successful career in law and in the publishing industry, in 2006 he was appointed as Managing Director of the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw. He is also Chairman of the G. Ribbius Peletier Jr. Foundation and of the 4 May Concert Foundation. Read more

Anthony Sargent CBE

Former Head of Artistic Planning for the BBC Proms festival and for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, he is currently CEO of the Luminato arts festival in Toronto, Canada. He opened and lead Sage Gateshead as founding General Director, an international centre for music and musical discovery. Read more