Fifth Annual "Intonations"

Press Information: The "Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival" will be returning to the Jewish Museum Berlin from April 16 to 21

Press Release, 3 February 2016

The advance tickets sales have started for the fifth annual "intonations – the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival in the Jewish Museum Berlin." Festival director Elena Bashkirova has once again brought musicians from all over the world to Berlin from April 16 to 21, 2016. Members of top international orchestras, young talents, and renowned soloists, including Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Plamena Mangova, and Nabil Shehata, will be performing in the Glass Courtyard of the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Katharina Schmidt-Narischkin
Senior Press Officer
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Program Accents

The focus of this year’s festival is on the artistic works of composers who left their home countries for a wide variety of reasons; emigration from the Old to the New World will play a special role. Guests will be able to hear the works of artists who were driven from Europe, such as Arnold Schönberg, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Hanns Eisler, as well as Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, and Bohuslav Martinu, whose music was taboo in Nazi Germany. The festival is also dedicated to composers of the previous generation, including Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Antonín Dvořák, who also had to abandon their homelands and left their marks in the United States. Another festival focus is on composers who are being honored on the occasion of a milestone birthday or anniversary of their death. Works by Max Reger, Ferruccio Busoni, and Dmitri Shostakovich will be performed. To commemorate the 100th birthday of the conductor Yehudi Menuhin, his daughter Zamira Menuhin-Benthall and conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim will have a public conversation and offer a very personal look at the diverse work of the composer.

World and European Premieres

Contemporary music will also be a part of this fifth festival. The commission for a new work was awarded this year to the Jerusalem composer Yinam Leef. The world premiere of his composition for clarinet and string quartet will be performed on opening night. This year’s concert series closes with a European premiere of the Jordanian artist Saed Haddad with his composition "Stabat Mater" for solo soprano and a four-part chamber music ensemble.

"Intonations – Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival"

The Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, founded in 1998 by Elena Bashkirova, is one of the most significant cultural events in the Israeli music scene. As a festival with top international stars it forms a counterpoint in the city of Jerusalem, otherwise troubled by conflict and contradictions. In April 2012 the special spirit of the "Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival" was felt in Berlin for the first time under the name "intonations" in the Jewish Museum Berlin. This year "intonations" will take place for the fifth time in the Glass Courtyard of the Jewish Museum Berlin from April 16 to 21.

Evonik Industries is the main sponsor of the festival.

For the current program go to:

Date: April 16–21, 2016
Location: Old building of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Glass Courtyard
Admission: Euro 20 and Euro 24, reduced Euro 16 and Euro 20
Advanced sales: online at; by telephone +49 (0)30 25 993 498 (Mo–Fr 10 am –2 pm) or at the ticket office of the Jewish Museum Berlin
Press passes: To cover the event please register by Monday, April 11, with the press office, at

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