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I am a second year Masters in Violin at Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA, participating a class called The Future of Classical Music. We are currently working on Wikipedia page on this subject. The list of participants can be found in our central page.

Future of Classical Music[edit]

I would like to present projects and organizations that contribute to the Future of Classical Music.

Music in Cross Cultural Perspective[edit]

West-Eastern Divan is a symphony orchestra founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said. The member of the orchestra includes young musicians from Israel, Palestine and other Arabic countries.

Edinburgh-based composer, Nigel Osborne organizes a program which uses music in therapy and rehabilitation for children who are victims of conflict. He works as a consultant for programs in the Balkans, Caucasus, Africa and the Middle East. The article on his projects can be found in here.

Asia Orchestra Week started in 2002. Each year, it celebrates classical music performed by orchestras from Asia-Pacific countries. This festival focuses also in contemporary music and often features a promising young musician as a soloist in the program. The main aim of this festival is to generate cultural understandings between various Asian countries.

UNICEF appointed a violinist, Maxim Vengerov as a Goodwill Ambassador in 1997. He is the first classical musician to be nominated to such a role. Vengerov has been to Bosnia (region) and Herzegovina in 1997 as UNICEF field trip and played for and with children in music schools around Sarajevo. Berliner Philharmoniker joined UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors in November 2007. They presents an education dance project based on Igor Stravinsky’s the Rite of Spring with the performances in more than 100 New York school children.

PMF(Pacific Music Festival Sapporo) was founded in 1990 by Leonard Bernstein. It is an international educational music festival that emphasizes on orchestra, composition and string quartet courses. It is held every year in the city of Sapporo, Japan. The letter P in PMF stands for peace. It is Bernstein's passionate wish to contribute to world peace through music.

A non-profit organization called Music Sharing is created by Midori Goto. Their mission is to enrich the humanity of the children by creating an educational environment for them to get acquainted with music.

Seiji Ozawa organizes the project called Ongaku-juku. It is founded in 2000. The goal of this project is to educate young musicians through playing operas and symphonies. He does this project once a year with performances of an opera with young musicians as well as professional musicians.