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Semester Opening Ceremony

The Semester Opening Ceremony for 2020/21 at Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin will take place digitally and will be shown on-line on this website.

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Sarah-Wedl Wilson Rector
Steffen Krach State Secretary for Higher Education and Research at the Berlin Senate
Jonas Kämper President of the Students Parliament
Prof. Stephan Forck Representative for artistic profile developement and promotion of young talent
Prof. Sibylle Mahni 
Prof. Andrea Tober Vicerector
Hans-Joachim Völz Chancellor

Hanns Eisler Duo für Violine und Violoncello (1925), 2. Satz: Tempo di Minuetto
Stephan Picard Violin
Claudio Bohórquez Cello

Ludwig van Beethoven Variationen über „Là ci darem la mano“ aus Mozarts Don Giovanni
Pacific Trio: Aliya Vodovozova Flöte, Liana Leßmann Klarinette, Kenichi Furuya Fagott

Musikalische Beiträge von:
Samuel Beluzán Rodríguez, Daniel Dubrovsky, Julius Friedrich Asal, Dominika Kościelniak, Sophie Kiening, Rory Green, Silvia Rozas Ramallal Deutschlandstipendiat*innen

Welcome speech of the patrons

Juliane Biedermann, President of the Society of Friends and Patrons of the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, welcomes you to the winter semester 2020|21. 

Greeting of the University Council

Bernd J. Wieczorek, Chairman of the University Council of Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, welcomes the students to the new study year 2020|21. 

#eisler_live on social media

Instagram Profil der HfM
Instagram Profil der HfM

Via the Eisler School’s social media channels, students and instructors offer insights into their daily lives during the coronavirus pandemic – with intriguing features, concerts and special surprises: Malte Giesen gives piano lessons and shares his online teaching experiences. Dustin Zorn demonstrates how many instruments composers should have mastered. Shokri Francis Raoof discusses his personal experience during the creative semester: what does it mean for a voice student to suddenly receive instruction for his master’s degree digitally? Juliet Wolff shares glimpses of her cello lessons with Prof. Claudio Bohórquez, her composition classes with Prof. Sebastian Stier, and interviews the composer Katie Jenkins about their collaboration.

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#eisler_live and guests: Heidelberger Frühling

#DigitalUnterwegs – The Music Festival Heidelberger Frühling
In Cooperation with the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin

In response to the cancellation of the “Heidelberger Frühling” 2020 due to the coronavirus, the festival has developed the program concept #DigitalUnterwegs. The concept is representative of the approach that was developed in record time by the cultural sector as a whole in recent months. Two concerts in the series were hosted by the Hanns Eisler School. 

“We would like to thank the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, which has been affiliated with the ‘Heidelberger Frühling’ for years now, for its hospitality in the current situation, which has been such a challenge for all cultural institutions. Their contribution is greatly appreciated,” emphasizes Thorsten Schmidt, artistic director of the Heidelberger Frühling.

Excerpts from the livestream:
Dmitri Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues op.87 Nr.1-24

Further information is available on the website #DigitalUnterwegs of the Heidelberger Frühling.


With our event series #eislerlab_digital, students, school members, and interested members of the public are invited to watch online interviews and master classes with renowned musicians and scholars.

During summer semester 2020, Kirill Gerstein, a professor of piano at the HfM, invited Ivan Fischer, Ian Bostridge, John Deathridge, Thomas Adès, Gergely Fazekas, and Braad Mehldau to give interviews. Excerpts can be found here.

During summer semester of 2020, the celebrated British cellist Steven Isserlis livestreamed three public master classes from London for students at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. Claudio Bohórquez, a professor of cello at the HfM, presented the live performances from the Studiosaal of the School.