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Kempinski’s young artist programme celebrates its fifth anniversary with a weekend of activities in Berlin, 20 – 23 June

2014-05-21; “Arts and culture are a necessity, not a luxury.” Kempinski Hotels

“The Kempinski Young Artist Programme is a splendid one. Tailor-made and giving of caring help to hopefuls when they need it most is immensely valuable. How I would have loved such an opportunity 50 years ago! It does a lot of credit to Kempinski”, said Conductor Sir Roger Norrington.

Widely recognised as a model of excellence in philanthropic support of young artists, the Kempinski Young Artist Programme(KYAP), is celebrating its fifth birthday with a long-weekend of activities in Berlin from 20 June 20 to June 23.

The weekend is being presented in cooperation with Bard College Berlin, under the artistic leadership of conductor and music educator Leon Botstein.

At the centre of the celebrations will be a panel discussion at 17:00 on Sunday 22 June involving KYAP fellows and leading arts and business leaders such as Jude Kelly; Artistic Director of London’s Southbank Centre, Thomas Hesse; former member of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann, Suzanne Harf; from the Salzburg Festival and Dr Hermann Parzinger; President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.

The discussion will focus on the value of cross-cultural education and how it is changing future cultural structures, whether businesses have a “duty” to support young artists and the value of philanthropic support to the arts. This debate, to take place at the iconic Hotel Adlon Kempinski, will be in front of an invited audience of 200 cultural, media, business and industry leaders.

Under the leadership of Duncan O’Rourke, COO of Kempinski Hotels S.A. and Programme Director Marylea van Daalen, the Kempinski Young Artist Programme reflects the values of Kempinski Hotels, namely excellence rooted in a European tradition of quality and service. The KYAP, by focusing on the value of taking artists from one culture to another, is unique among programmes designed to nurture young artistic talent. By concentrating on this, Kempinski not only gives these young artists invaluable experiences that they will draw on for the rest of their lives, but also helps foster international understanding and cooperation.

Two musicians and two artists who are nominated by such leading arts figures as Marina Abramovic, Sir Roger Norrington, Pinchas Zuckerman, Ólafur Elíasson, Alexander Rudin and Dennis O'Neill are selected every year to take part in the programme.

Thus far 21 fellows have taken part in the programme including star Russian soprano and Echo-Award winner Julia Lezhneva. Glass artist Amna Ilyas, unable to work in her native Pakistan, travelled to Bratislava in order to further her studies. Belarusian pianist Kiryl Keduk studied in Italy. His first solo album “My Polish Diary” was made possible with the assistance of the Young Artist Programme and Radio Berlin Brandenburg (RBB). Video artist Minjie Zhang from China left his home country for the first time to come to Frankfurt/Main, Germany. He was able to present the new perspectives he gained during his stay in Germany at a solo exhibition at the Fine Arts College Shanghai.

Editors’ Notes

Marylea van Daalen, Director of the Kempinski Young Artists Programme, has extensive international experience in the world of culture and the arts. A current board member of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the MAK Museum in Vienna, her previous board positions include Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the German Symphony Orchestra (DSO) as well as being a member of the Fulbright Commission and the Moscow Conservatory. An American citizen resident of Berlin, Marylea has lectured extensively and was President of WICE, the continuing education department of the American University in Paris.

Leon Botstein is President of Bard College, music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. A leading advocate of progressive education, Botstein has lectured and published widely on education and culture, including his book, “Judentum und Modernität”. Botstein’s unique position as a leading music scholar, performer, founder and co-artistic director of the Bard Music Festival has enabled him to have an extraordinary impact on both music scholarship and performance.

About Kempinski:

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 73 five-star hotels in 31 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014.

Kempinski Young Artist Programme Fellows and their host countries:


Jonathan Berman, conductor from England – Miami (US)

Arseniy Chubachin, cellist from Russia – Berlin (Germany)

Dennis Chmelensky, baritone from Germany – Philadelphia (US)

Caroline Goulding, violinist from the US – Kronberg (Germany)

Mariá Hanyová, soprano from Slovakia – Salzburg (Austria)

Zhala Ismailova, soprano from Azerbaijan – Rom (Italy)

Kiryl Keduk, pianist from Belarus – Imola (Italy)

Maria Koryagova, soprano from Russia - Salzburg (Austria)

Julia Lezhneva, soprano from Russia – Cardiff (Wales)

Rinnat Moriah, soprano from Israel – Oslo (Norway)

Anna Margrethe Nilsen, violinist from Norway – Kronberg (Germany)

Jesús Reina, violinist from Spain – Kronberg (Germany)

Visual Artists

Davide Balliano, photographer/visual artist from Italy - Jakarta (Indonesia)

Emily Dierkes, painter from the US – Moscow (Russia)

Alexander Gronsky, photographer from Estonia – Beijing/Shenzhen/Wuxi (China)

Amna Ilyas, glass artist from Pakistan – Bratislava (Slovakia)

Gianluca Malgeri, visual artist from Italy – Istanbul (Turkey)

Pascal Robert, visual artist from Switzerland – Istanbul/Berlin (Turkey/Germany)

George Sebastian Sachin, paper artist from India – Budapest (Hungary)

Viola Yeşiltaç, painter from Turkey – Beijing/Suzhou (China)

Minjie Zhang, video artist from China – Frankfurt/Main (Germany)

More details about the Kempinski Young Artists Programme can be found at:

Please also visit: for a video on the programme.

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