Chamber music constitutes a major part of our practice-oriented educational concept and on the stage:
“Chamber music experience is an indispensable requirement for the development process of a good musician and subsequently for a successful career. Chamber music is the foundation of collective playing, transferring experiences which are of equal importance for soloists, chamber and orchestra musicians, teachers etc. In a special way, it offers the possibility to intensively practice score reading and interpretation in practical application of intonation, rhythm, harmony and musical form. It is essential for learning to listen to each other, to communicate within the ensemble and with the audience. Students also gain elementary insights into the handling of organizational problems and rehearsal technique. Lessons in ‘Chamber Music’ are obligatory for the majority of courses. It is also offered as a major in postgraduate studies.
We are especially pleased to give our ensembles the chance to perform publicly. Given the continued supervision by renowned lecturers and the interaction with outstanding students, many wonderful successes have already been achieved, that are mirrored in the careers of ensembles such as the Vogler, Petersen and Kuss Quartets.”
Wayne Foster-Smith, Lecturer and Coordinator for Chamber Music
In addition to regular chamber music courses, the concert series Music Forum Gendarmenmarkt was established together with Konzerthaus Berlin in 1997. Here lecturers at the school can present themselves artistically to their students, colleagues and the public. These concerts are often staged with internationally renowned guests and artists such as members of Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin and Konzerthausorchester Berlin, as well as students of the school.