GMTH Conference in Salzburg

Tomorrow I will be off to Universität Mozarteum Salzburg again for this year’s conference of the Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie. Not going to present an individual paper this time (which feels sort of comfortable), but looking forward to chairing a session, to leading a professional development workshop together with my colleague Sigrun Heinzelmann, and to lots of encounters and fascinating exchanges of thoughts with peers, audiences, and my colleagues on the board. Hope to see you there! #gmth2022 #musictheory

Scriabin Conference in Reading

Happy to be participating in the Scriabin @ 150 conference and celebration, taking place the following weekend at Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Reading, UK. Alongside an illustrious line-up of scholars and musicians sharing their thoughts, interpretations, and approaches towards Scriabin’s music, I will contribute my bit on the relationship and latent intercommunities between Scriabin and his Muscovite contemporary Nikolai Medtner. Thank you, Kenneth Smith, Marina Frolova-Walker, and everybody else involved, for making this happen!

NB. I am super excited about this event for two particular reasons:
  • It is the prime candidate for the Sexiest Conference of the Year award.
  • It is probably the only conference that offers a free DIY Scriabin facemask for downloading, printing, and colouring (according to the composer’s synaesthetic preferences, I would suggest).

Piano Trio in Düsseldorf

I am delighted to announce the forthcoming performances of my piano trio Kammerdialog. A Conversation with Violin, Cello, and Piano, which will be played multiple times on 9 and 10 July as part of the Tage der Kammermusik series at Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. The piece already dates from 2008, but has been performed in public only twice (also some years ago). So I am lucky to enjoy the support of some talented musicians, cellist Inés Bueno López and violinist Enrique Carlsson, with whom I will share the stage on two consecutive days, with two respective performances of the trio in either concert. Cordial invitation implied!

  • Saturday, 9 July 2022, from 7 pm: in a programme with piano trios by Beethoven and Clara Schumann
  • Sunday, 10 July 2022, from 11 am: alongside more piano trios by Haydn and Shostakovich

Board Elections at DTKV Berlin

Happy to announce that I have been re-elected as vice president of Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband Berlin. I am looking forward to shaping the future of the association together with my fellow board members: Simon Borutzki, Liz Franzen, Alf Schulze, Agnes Stein von Kamienski, Jens Domeyer, and Anne Uerlichs. Many thanks to everybody who recently contributed to the new orientation and professionalisation of our work! New members are always welcome—please get in touch if interested.

Improvements in Association Work

Preparing this year’s general assembly of Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband Berlin, which is going to take place at the end of March. In a very productive period during the last six months, we achieved a number of milestones in the course of modernising the leadership and administration of Berlin’s largest association for musicians and music pedagogues: we passed new statutes and rules of internal procedure, launched a cloud-based administrative software and membership portal, redesigned our public relations strategy, and initiated a number of new collaborations with other organisations. The current board members, including myself as vice president, will now run for another term in office. Despite some forces aiming to prevent us from continuing our work, we are confident to keep on advocating for the interests of our freelance members and their professional representation.