Dear friends, honored audience,
Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Iván Fischer, Michael Schoenwandt and Adam Fischer are the most influential conductors of my season 2017/18. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra building and the Berlin Concert Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Elb Philharmonic Orchestra building in Hamburg and the Philharmonic Orchestra building in Luxemburg, the KKL in Lucerne, the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, the Herder Church in Weimar, the Münster in Überlingen and the Bailey in Lörrach are some of the locations I appreciate to visit!
With the „Requiem“ of Fauré my home town Lörrach reminds in 2018 of the end of the first world war, which still is a public holiday in our neighbouring country France. Therefore, I very much appreciate as a German bass baritone to contribute a gesture of reconciliation for a peaceful Europe with Britten’s “War Requiem” in Montpellier.
Music can trigger more than setting an example. When making music together you have to be able to listen to yourself as well as to others. It is important to have the same objective. Thus, it is crucial where we go together and less important where we all come from. At the Hochschule for Music in Karlsruhe we experience the great world-wide interest in our rich European culture. People from over 40 countries are peacefully working together in harmony every day regardless of all distinctions as nationality or religion.
We can reach harmony with common goals and communication. Maybe we should try to build more bridges than walls. To provide people the feeling of togetherness is the task of cultural education which shouldn’t be voluntary efforts in this variety as we have them in Germany but rather be acknowledged as necessary investigations in the humus of a human society.
Culture is what distinguishes humans from monkeys.
As I am travelling a lot I have the privilege to be able to admire the beauty of our planet again and again. Lately, the glaciers of the Swiss Alps starting from Lucerne or Geneva, as well as the Niagara Falls at the Canadian border of the US which I could visit on my guest performance with the Cleveland Orchestra. I hope that we manage to save this earth for our children in peaceful cooperation. We still do have the choice.
Have fun with the details of this web site, the music and good luck in life!