Festival Tradition

"intonations – The Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival" at the Jewish Museum Berlin for the Eighth Time

Press Release, 26 February 2019

Ticket presales for "intonations" began successfully. From 6 to 11 April 2019, festival director Elena Bashkirova will once again be gathering musicians from all over the world in the Glass Courtyard at the Jewish Museum Berlin. Members of top international orchestras, young talents and renowned soloists including pianist Martin Helmchen, hornist Ben Goldscheider, and soprano Anna Samuil, will be guests at the six concerts. "This mixture of renowned musicians and up-and-coming talents is such an adventure every year. And I will be happy if we succeed in making the spark of our enthusiasm jump over to our audience" says Elena Bashkirova in anticipation of the eighth chamber music festival.

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Program Highlights

The focus of this year’s festival is "Viennese classics" from the 18th and 19th centuries. Alongside works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, and Franz Schubert, compositions by Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schönberg, Hanns Eisler, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold will also be on the program. Elena Bashkirova and Roman Trekel will open the festival with Auf dem Strom by Franz Schubert. On the second day of the festival the two will also be performing Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis. On the same day, we will hear the piano quartet Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms, a composer whose chamber music set new standards in expression, form, and sound. The festival program also includes adaptations of musical pieces that have either been transformed into a new sound form or whose composition has been taken a step further, such as Schönberg’s arrangement of Strauss’ Kaiserwalzer. And, as every year, the 2019 festival will also feature rarities – pieces by Finnish-Swedish composer Bernhard Crusell and by Vladimir Tarnopolski, one of the most important Russian composers of our time.

From Jerusalem to Berlin

Founded by Elena Bashkirova in 1998, the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival is one of Jerusalem’s most important cultural events. The festival featuring esteemed international musicians enables cultural and musical encounters in a city where everyday life, religion, and politics are inextricably intertwined. Since 2012, the concert series intonations – The Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival has also been a guest at the Jewish Museum Berlin. During the six-day festival, concert visitors can present their intonations ticket at the museum cash desk and receive a 25% discount on the admission fee to the Welcome to Jerusalem exhibition, providing them insight into the city where Elena Bashkirova founded her Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. In 2020, intonations will be held again in the museum’s Glass Courtyard from 25 to 30 April.

The festival is supported by Evonik Industries.

The current program can be found at intonations (subject to change without notice).

Please send your interview requests with the festival director Elena Bashkirova or selected artists to presse@jmberlin.de

Pictorial material for reporting purposes, including the picture credits, can be downloaded from the Jewish Museum Berlin website from Monday, 11 March.

Festival duration: 6 to 11 April 2019
Location: Glass Courtyard, Jewish Museum Berlin
Admission: 29 euros/25 euros/16 euros, reduced rate 25 euros /21 euros /12 euros
Advance ticket sales: online at www.jmberlin.de/intonations, by telephone on +49(0)30 25 993 488 (daily from 10 am to 4 pm) and at the Jewish Museum Berlin cash desk.
Press tickets: To report, please register with presse@jmberlin.de by Thursday 4 April

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