The Daimler Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart
When the Daimler-Benz Chamber Orchestra was founded more than 40 years ago by Siegfried Benz and Klaus Bender and other music-loving employees of the company, it was impossible to foresee the path the amateur orchestra would take. Under the direction of Matthias Baur (since 1997), the chamber orchestra has grown into a full symphony orchestra.
The majority of the musicians come from a wide variety of roles and locations in the corporation in the greater Stuttgart area. The colorful mix of different professional backgrounds and ages gives the symphony orchestra its unmistakable characteristic: its enthusiasm and joy in playing.
Solist Marcel Mok
Marcel Mok was born into a German-Taiwanese family in Stuttgart in 1994. Since 2013 he has been studying with Prof. Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he has also been pursuing his concert exam since 2021. In the winter semester 2016/17 he completed a study abroad with Prof. Hortense Cartier-Bresson at the “Conservatoire de Paris” (CNSMDP). He received his previous training in the gifted program of the Stuttgart Music School with Romuald Noll, as well as with Bruno Canino and Roberto Plano in Italy. Beyond his classical piano training, Marcel is also interested in early music and studied in the historical keyboard instruments class with Prof. Mitzi Meyerson from 2014-2018.
Marcel has been a scholarship holder of the Paul Hindemith Society Berlin and the Cusanuswerk e.V. since 2014. He also received the Carl-Heinz-Illies Scholarship of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in 2015 and was supported by the Jürgen Ponto Foundation. His performance at the benefit concert is supported by the Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V., the Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries.
20 years of Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V.
Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V. was founded in September 2002. Ever since, we have been dedicating ourselves entirely to our mission: providing treatment to children with cleft lip and palate from needy families around the world. More than 64,000 surgeries in 15 countries around the world are the wonderful result of these 20 years of work. This number stands for thousands of lives of children and their families changed for the better, a reliable network of local teams of medical professionals in the project countries, and the support of thousands of donors, volunteers, association members, and other supporters.