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.
"After an entire semester and 13 seminars, it is easier to see the shape that this forum initiative has taken. It was an idea that had long been brewing in my mind and, in April 2020, to a certain extent prompted by the current pandemic, I finally had the time to act on it and organize the ongoing series of seminars. The intention was to take advantage of the internet’s possibility to host a virtual forum with people that would be unlikely to gather in one physical room for all manner of logistical reasons. While I remain a sceptic about the internet’s ability to provide a nourishing musical replacement for live performances, it is clearly well-suited for its original mission of knowledge-sharing and education. To this end, I approached the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and “Kirill Gerstein invites” – a weekly online forum with leading thinkers was born.
Since the end of April, 4377 active participants have joined the forum to listen to the insights of a formidable roster of intellectuals, musicians, musicologists, philosophers and, in many cases to submit questions and contribute to the live discussions. What I didn’t fully imagine when I conceived the idea was how being in a virtual seminar room would extend our mental space and allow for a collective experience. Together with the knowledge shared, this collective experience is the most rewarding outcome of this undertaking. I am genuinely grateful for the attention, questions and feedback that You have given. The intellectual prowess, vitality and curiosity of participants from over 60 countries that regularly gathered in our room is humbling. I am looking forward to the resumption of our gatherings after the summer break."
Prof. Kirill Gerstein
Iván Fischer discusses "the future of the symphony orchestra". An excerpt from the online seminar by Prof. Kirill Gerstein.
Ian Bostridge discusses "Schubert's Winterreise". An excerpt from the online seminar by Prof. Kirill Gerstein.
John Deathridge speaks about "Wagner and Schubert. The Idea of the Lied in Public and Private Life". An excerpt from the online seminar by Prof. Kirill Gerstein.
Thomas Adès speaks about "Live Cultures". An excerpt from the online seminar by Prof. Kirill Gerstein.
Gergely Fazekas speaks about György Kurtág's opera "Fin de partie". An excerpt from the online seminar by Prof. Kirill Gerstein.
Brad Mehldau speaks about “Creativity in Improvised and Composed Music.” An excerpt from the online seminar by Prof. Kirill Gerstein.