German Circle of Friends of European Youth Orchestras

General Management

Civic commitment at its best. Creating a platform in Berlin for the best youth orchestras from around the world – that was the idea that inspired a group of friends to set up the German Circle of Friends of European Youth Orchestras back in the year 2000.

Since then it has been a pleasure and a privilege for the members of the Circle to see and hear how each summer their civic commitment is transformed into music, as Young Euro Classic quite literally rings out in the German capital. However, the circle’s unparalleled commitment is not dedicated to the pleasures of music alone: it is also a commitment to Europe, to the future, and to Berlin.

Dr. Willi Steul, former General Director of Deutschlandradio

Deputy Chairman:
Dr. Ralf Kleindiek, Chief Digital Officer of the State of Berlin and State Secretary for Digital Affairs and Administrative Modernization


Boris Aljinovi (Actor), Dietmar Bär (Actor); Sybille Blomeyer-Bartenstein (former head of department in the Senate Chancellery Berlin), Felicitas von Brevern (former Culture Manager), Dr. Karl Jüsten (Prelate), Wolfgang Klein (Journalist), Dr. Ralf Kleindiek (Chief Digital Officer of the State of Berlin and State Secretary for Digital Affairs and Administrative Modernization), Martin Krebbers (Journalist), Wolfram Lüdecke (Entrepreneur), Dietrich Mattausch (Actor), Johannes Neukirchen (former Ministerial Director, JNC Consultants), Axel Pelzer (Solicitor), Prof. Dr. Dieter Rexroth (Dramaturge & Musicologist), Joachim Rupprecht (former Solicitor); Dr. Willi Steul (former General Director of Deutschlandradio)


Gabriele Minz_web Each and every year, Young Euro Classic is a success story – in every way.

The company “Dr. Gabriele Minz GmbH Internationale Kulturprojekte”, managed by Dr. Gabriele Minz, has been charged with the organization of the festival by the German Association of Friends of European Youth Orchestras e.V. since the festival’s founding in 2000 and is responsible for the concept, planning, budgeting, communication, production and networking of Young Euro Classic.

Happy audiences and artists, seamless logistics and a harmonious overall impression are its goals every year.

Artistically Up to the Minute

Foto von Prof. Dr. Dieter RexrothYoung Euro Classic never fails to delight, year in and year out, not just with the skill of the young musicians themselves, but also with bold and unusual musical programmes. The festival owes this to a specialist par excellence: the musicologist Prof. Dr. Dieter Rexroth is one of the best German-language dramaturges, a man whose ideas are quite simply visionary. Dr. Dieter Rexroth remains wholly committed to the original idea every year, the festival Young Euro Classic.