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In this section, you will find general information about the current collaborators of Musical Postcards.

The New York Philharmonic
The New York Philharmonic plays a leading cultural role in New York City, the United States, and the world. Each season the Philharmonic connects with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York City and on its worldwide tours and residencies; digital recording series; international broadcasts on television, radio, and online; and as a resource through its varied education programs.

Very Young Composers
Very Young Composers (VYC) is an education programme of the New York Philharmonic and was developed by noted composer (and former Associate Principal Bass) Jon Deak to answer the question, "what is children's music?" Working with Mr. Deak and Philharmonic Teaching Artists, public school children, with limited musical background, compose their very own music for Philharmonic musicians to play - often for the full Orchestra. Students make every compositional decision and write every note, with Teaching Artists serving as mentors and scribes. VYC demonstrates children's innate creativity, and provides a glimpse of the future of classical music. This educational program has been succesfull for more then 10 years and now includes several international departments and collaborates: Venezuela, Japan, Korea, China, Finland and The United Kingdom.

UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network
The UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) links educational institutions across the world around a common goal: to build the defences of peace in the minds of children and young people. The 10,000 ASPnet member schools in over 180 countries work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice.

The Stolz Quartet
The Stolz Quartet is a Dutch quartet consisting of prominent musicians who, with all their heart and soul, cherish the ambition to present classical music and contemporary music theatre in their own unique way. This ensemble, of a leading Dutch artistic quality, performes the Musical Postcards in the Dutch schools. The Stolz Quartet on the Musical Postcards project: 'A beautiful experience that brings people together.'

philharmonie zuidnederland
The South Netherlands Philharmonic is an ambitious and flexible symphony orchestra, lauded for its high quality, close cooperation, and appealing enthusiasm. The passionate musicians deliver custom work on the highest, artistic level. Members of the philharmonie zuidnederland perform the Musical Postcards made in Maastricht.

SDSN Youth
In 2012, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilise global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and global scales. In 2015, the SDSN launched its official youth initiative (SDSN Youth) to empower youth globally to create sustainable development solutions.
SDSN Youth educates young people about the challenges of sustainable development and creates opportunities for them to use their creativity and knowledge to pioneer innovative solutions for the SDGs. In addition, SDSN Youth creates platforms for young people to connect, collaborate and integrate their ideas and perspectives into national and regional pathways for implementation of the SDGs.

Arts Twenty Thirty
Arts Twenty Thirty is a flagship initiative of SDSN Youth that brings together artists from around the world, with a common goal to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through the use of music, literature, visual arts, theater, and dance, Arts Twenty Thirty offers unique perspectives and solutions towards today’s most pressing global challenges.

Amer Shanati
Amer Shanati is a Palestinian musician who worked as a teacher and musician with children in Homs before and during the war. He is currently living and working in the Netherlands, in the Hague.
Amer owned a music school in Homs (syria), and although the war made it more difficult to work, he made evvery effort to keep the school open. The school was not just a school, but a home for all of them. Eventually, Amer had to flee his home and now continues to spread his message of music and peace in a safe place.

We are honoured to have worked with our former partners:

Hague Talks
Hague Talks is a meeting place for creative minds, peace inventors and game changers in the field of peace and justice. It is a stage and breeding place for new ideas and perspectives, a forum for discussion and a starting point for concrete action.

The Dutch Canal Festival
The Grachtenfestival is the stage for young musicians from all over the world. During this largest classical music festival in the Netherlands they engage young and old to unique concerts. Ten days dazzling classic throughout Amsterdam. In 2016, 6 Musical Postcards were sent to young musicians who performed at the Canal Festival. The results were striking: all musicians were deeply touched by the music of the Young Composers and made striking compositions in answer to them. click here to watch the Musical Postcards exchange between Anas and Martin van Hees.

The Royal Conservatory, The Hague (The netherlands)
The Royal Conservatory in The Hague is the oldest conservatory in The Netherlands. In their education of tomorrows' musicians, experiment and progress go together with tradition and craftmanship. Several students of the department for composition have composed a Musical Postcard. Click here to find the Musical Postcard Exchange of student Pelle van Es and Iyad Alhasan.