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Karl Heinrich Wendorf #eislerlab
Karl Heinrich Wendorf #eislerlab © Leonard Higi

#eislerlab – music, discussion, impulses

The #eislerlab was launched in the cafeteria of the Marstall building of the Hanns Eisler School in winter semester of 2018 under the motto “Music, Discussion, Impulses.” In this relaxed atmosphere, students, instructors, and guests explore questions such as: What will characterize the musician of tomorrow? How can we link our musical activities with other art forms? How can we further develop ourselves artistically along digital pathways? What role can we musicians play in an increasingly diverse and globalized society?

Prof. Andrea Tober #eislerlab
Prof. Andrea Tober #eislerlab © Leonard Higi

During this digital creative semester, the Hanns Eisler School is pursuing the development of the #eislerlab as a platform for dialogue, and presenting a new #eislerlab module: beginning immediately on these pages, #eislerlab_digital will display offerings on #eislerlab topics. The series “Kirill Gerstein invites...” provides an upbeat for this new feature.

Beginning in winter semester of 2020, the previous #eislerlab is being relaunched as #eislerlab_live, once again featuring stimulating topics, talks, and get-togethers.

#eislerlab_digital: Kirill Gerstein invites

The Online Forum by and with Kirill Gerstein, professor of piano at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, is a new series of discussions with renowned musicians and scholars designed for students, instructors, and interested members of the public.

Ian Bostridge and Kirill Gerstein, July 1, 2020

Ian Bostridge discusses "Schubert's Winterreise". An excerpt from the online seminar by Prof. Kirill Gerstein.

For further videos click here.

Kirill Gerstein invites Ivan Fischer

July 1, 2020, 6 PM 

"The future of the symphony orchestra"
Ivan Fischer in conversation with Prof. Kirill Gerstein (conception and moderation)

Ivan Fischer, founder and music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, wonders if orchestras will exist at all in a few hundred years. If not, what will replace them and if yes, will they exist in their present form or do they need to reform.

Ivan Fischer is the founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra & Honorary Conductor of Berlin’s Konzerthausorchester. In 2018 he became Artistic Director of the Vicenza Opera Festival. In recent years, he has also gained renown as a composer. The BFO’s frequent tours and a series of critically acclaimed recordings have contributed to Ivan Fischer’s reputation as one of the world’s most visionary music directors. He introduced innovative concerts including cocoa concerts for small children, autism friendly concerts, midnight music for students and a variety of outreach activities. A regular presence on the podium with leading orchestras, Mr. Fischer has regularly guest conducted the Berlin Philharmonic & spends two weeks each year with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Mr. Fischer studied piano, violin, & later the cello and composition in Budapest, before continuing his education in Vienna & Salzburg where he studied conducting under H. Swarowsky and N. Harnoncourt.

Three Masterclasses with Steven Isserlis

Steven Isserlis
Steven Isserlis © Joanna Bergin
Prof. Claudio Bohórquez
Prof. Claudio Bohórquez © Peter Adamik

In a live online stream, Prof. Claudio Bohórquez presents three performance master classes with the renowned British cellist Steven Isserlis.

Steven Isserlis / Cello

MON June 22, 2020 | 6 pm
Thoughts on the Bach Cello Suites
FRI June 26, 2020 | 6 pm
Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello – A Portrait of the Growth of a Genius
MON June 29, 2020 | 6 pm
Robert Schumann – The Greatest Romantic of All?

Steven Isserlis gives three online master classes for instrumental students of the Hanns Eisler School, live from London and Berlin on June 22, 26 and 29 at 6 pm as part of #eislerlab_digital.
Claudio Bohórquez, cello professor at the Eisler School, presents the live performance from the Studiosaal at the School; Steven Isserlis joins from London via live stream. Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites are the focus of the first master class; the second date is devoted to Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello, and Robert Schumann and Romanticism are the centrepiece of the third master class.

The online performance master classes are open to students, members of the School and interested members of the public, and will be held in English.