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Allianz Malaysia ushered in the New Year with its first-ever Neujahrskonzert (New Year Concert) 2019 at the iconic Dewan Filharmonik Petronas last night. 

The event was a collaboration between Allianz Malaysia as well as the German Embassy Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysia-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC). 

As it is a common practice to attend classical musical concerts ahead of the New Year in Germany, in keeping with that tradition, the event presented the perfect opportunity to bring a taste of Germany to Malaysia.

Guests were welcomed with a cocktail party where they had a chance to mingle around and experience an extraordinary #ThroughGermanEyes art exhibition by Adrian Johann Dan Bedoy. The art exhibition featured modern architecture interpretations in the digital era of Kuala Lumpur. 

“We as a company firmly believe that life is more than financials, facts and figures. We believe that culture: art, literature or music – play an equally important role to inspire us as humans. We therefore collaborate across the globe with world-class partners to bring these values to society” said Joseph Gross, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad in his opening speech.  

One of the world’s leading insurers, German-based Allianz, who is headquartered in Munich, has been a great supporter of the arts and culture on the global stage, partnering with the Museum of Modern Art and with world renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

“We are delighted to extend our collaboration in Malaysia tonight to celebrate 2019 and to celebrate the partnership of Malaysia and Germany in politics, business and culture. I wish you a wonderful evening and a Happy New Year,” added Joseph.
The event was attended by nearly 800 guests, including Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali who is the Patron of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra as well as dignitaries from both countries. 

His Excellency, Ambassador Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff of the German Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia said: We Germans feel very welcome in wonderful Malaysia. With this Neujahrskonzert we would like to show our appreciation and gratitude to our Malaysian friends and partners and want to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous year 2019.

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Resident Conductor Gerard Salonga served up a delectable programme which celebrated German classical music. 

The audience was entertained by one of the most beloved overtures by Carl Maria von Weber from his opera Der Freischütz, followed by Felix Mendelssohn’s charming Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor featuring Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams as the soloist with Ludwig van Beethoven’s celebratory Symphony No.7 bringing the enchanting evening to a close.
Daniel Bernbeck, Member of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the MGCC said: "It is with great pleasure to us that we can start into the New Year with such an auspicious event, with Germany’s great musical treasure being played by Malaysia’s best Philharmonic Orchestra, thus bringing the Malaysian and German community closer together through the universal language of music, not only through business."

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