In Dresden the first EOFed Award was handed out on 20th of September. In fact two awards were handed out for outstanding work for the community of amateur orchestras in Europe. The jury had to choose from four excellent nominees. The winners are:

Thorn Magnus Reymert (Norway), the teacher, violinist, conductor, concertmaster (nominated by Norwegian Youth Orchestras Federation, UNOF). He is leader and founder, artistic and pedagogic director of NOR59 youth orchestras and string institute in Oslo, where he has outstanding achievements with 140 young musicians who play also in different age level orchestras. He has his own unique way of teaching, taking care of every single musician for development as a musician and doing that to have as much fun and much progress as possible. He has also conducted international workshops showing his pedagogic talent. 

The award was presented in recognition of the outstanding work, entrepreneurial thinking and creative skills applied to “NOR59”An existing and strongly developing orchestra project requires the intuition, determination and energy of leaders like Thorn.

Nicola Malagugini (Italy), the orchestra manager and double bass player (nominated by Italian Association of Amateur Musicians, AIMA). He is founder and manager of the only amateur orchestra in Sicily island and all Southern Italy, The Antonio Scontrino Orchestra in Catania, which is a great achievement in the region of limited possibilities in that field. He is working also as professional double bass player in Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, has performed as soloist and with different ensembles and orchestras.

The award was presented in recognition of the outstanding work, entrepreneurial thinking and creative skills applied to the “Scontrino Orchestra”.A newly created and growing orchestra requires the intuition, determination and energy.

We wish both winner full success, a brilliant future and more opportunities for the promotion of the amateur orchestral communities in Europe