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.
It’s been a fruitful week for Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband Berlin. After a joint meeting with Christian Höppner last Monday, discussing perspectives of cultural politics and professional representation of freelance musicians in Berlin together with my colleague Simon Borutzki, we had a very productive general assembly yesterday. The participating members showed high commitment in running for and electing new delegates for Landesmusikrat Berlin, initiative neue musik, and the DTKV federal delegate assembly. Moreover, they decided unanimously to pass a new statute that will allow digital communication and virtual meetings, and facilitate member participation and decision-making for the future. Looking forward very much to the activities and challenges to come!
First appearance as a pianist in quite a while! I will contribute to a concert of Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband on the following Tuesday, 16 November, 8 pm, at Schwartzsche Villa Berlin-Steglitz. I’ll be performing two of my own piano transcriptions: Aria and Fughetta after Bach’s Drum schließ ich mich in deine Hände from BWV 229, and an abundantly ornamented version of Reger’s beautiful Nachtlied, Op. 138 No. 3. Apart from that, there will be music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Strauss, Scriabin, and others. Meeting some amiable people would be so much of a delight!