The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra evolved to become a professional orchestra of exceptional quality, but the organization has stayed true to its commitment nurturing young musicians and thinkers. Designated as a United Nations Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding, the Orchestra is as unique – and as necessary – today as it was in the beginning. Over the years, the vision of promoting transcultural dialogue through classical music has inspired additional initiatives and institutions to enhance the work of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.


“This orchestra is a source of inspiration and a model for the Middle East and the rest of the world.”
- Kofi Annan, General Secretary of the United Nations

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