is an impressive tradition in Hamburg. This Hanseatic habit
is well represented by the OSCAR AND VERA RITTER FOUNDATION,
which as principal partner has both personal and institutional
ties with TROPAG. The promotion of musical talents, in which
this foundation is involved, can be seen as a result of
our economic efficiency.
This connection is also of symbolic importance: Economic
success is not an end in itself but should benefit people.
The success of the OSCAR AND VERA RITTER FOUNDATION, whose
importance is not only restricted to Hamburg, is therefore
well worth mentioning. The international work of the foundation
and the goals achieved by many of its former scholars confirm
the successful fostering of the scholars. We shall attend
to this responsibility also in future with priority.