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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. How do singing and directing students rehearse for their opera productions? How do instrumentalists prepare for orchestra and chambermusic projects? 

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A very special sound experience: Gustav Mahler's 7th Symphony in a reduced line-up with accordion, prepared piano and cowbells was performed by students of the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin under the direction of Prof. Manuel Nawri from May 3rd to 7th, 2021 as part of the Eisler Sinfonietta rehearsed and recorded. There is an exclusive sound impression in the second episode of the Eisler podcast, in which the students Matthias Arnold and Philipp Claudy talk to Prof. Nawri about the project and many other exciting topics.

Workshop "Intuitive Listening" with Prof. Eberhard Feltz

Prof. Eberhard Feltz has long been an institution at the HfM, and not only for his workshop series “Intuitive Listening.” On 10 December 2020, he worked with students from various departments on pieces by composers such as Mozart, Haydn, and Schubert. Once again, his expertise and passion for music was on full display at this workshop, as he encouraged listeners to engage with and to rediscover the presented works.

Musicians: Otto Antikainen, Florian Gaede, Michael Grolid, Maxime Gulikers, Felix Hörter, Benjamin Kruithof, Bruno Meichsner, Oliver Wunderlich, Junghan Shin, Claar Ter Horst.

Klassik um Eins

Once again, the concert series “Klassik um Eins” (“classics at 1”) is being organized in cooperation with the Mendelssohn-Gesellschaft e. V. The 10 midday concerts will take place each Thursday from 7 January until 11 March, 2021 under the directorship of Prof. Birgitta Wollenweber.

Please note: for the time being, and as long as the concerts cannot be attended in person, each event will be livestreamed directly from the Mendelssohn “Remise” carriage house.
Additional information is available here.

Piano class of Prof. Eldar Nebolsin

Broadcast of class concerts of students of Prof. Eldar Nebolsin at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlín, celebrated during fall 2020.

Teil I

Gorka Plada, Roni Levy, Mario Marzo, Yundi Xu

Teil II

Maria Eydman, Joosang Kim, Fedor Kossyj, Julius Asal, Ido Ramot

Teil III

Florent Ling, Kenji Miura, Lili Bogdanova, Alexander Gadjiev


For the launch of the new eislerPodcast - in a special English edition - our student Oda Holt Günther is talking to principal Sarah Wedl-Wilson, discussing how her musical background affects her work life today, as well as the impact that the pandemic has had on all of us this last year.

Interview with Prof. Sibylle Mahni

Sarah Wedl-Wilson, Rector of the Hanns Eisler School of Music, in conversation with Sibylle Mahni, Professor of Horn since October 1, 2020:

"It is an extraordinary honour to succeed Marie-Luise Neunecker in Berlin. She is one of the most successful horn teachers in Germany and Europe, known for the depth and speed of her analyses, who has influenced the career paths of many outstanding graduates. I am looking forward enormously to the challenge of training good musicians in Berlin in the future, musicians whose technical ability will allow the music to blossom." Prof. Sibylle Mahni

Semester Opening Ceremony

The Semester Opening Ceremony for 2020/21 at Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin took place digitally.

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 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 and winter semester 2020/21, 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.