Siemens Arts Program –Music

Recording of the Rehearsals of a Yellow Lounge event at "Alte Münze”, Berlin. Magdalena Hoffmann is playing the harp.

Classical music has featured prominently in our work since the program's inception. At the same time, we are also committed to supporting productions that feature contemporary forms of musical expression. Against this background we initiate dance performances and sound experiments as well as musical productions and classical concerts.

 

An important aim of our activities is to nurture the next generation of creative talent around the world. We do this through our own competitions for aspiring artists (e.g. Siemens Opera Contest) and by forging links between new talents and established international cultural institutions (Carnegie Hall New York, Opera Garnier Paris, Bavarian State Opera, Salzburg Festival).

Projects

World Premiere of Namibia's First Opera

On September 9, 2022, a group of artists from Namibia, Germany and South Africa performed the country's first opera in Windhoek, Namibia. The piece "Chief Hijangua" celebrates a bilingual premiere at the National Theatre of Namibia - in Otjiherero, one of the national languages, as well as in German.

 

The opera was developed by a transnational team of artists around the Namibian composer and singer Eslon Hindundu as well as the German director Kim Mira Meyer and the German author Nikolaus Frei. 

Young Talents - Big Dreams 

The jury immediately agreed. The winners of our Audition 2022 for a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York are the violinist Veriko Tchumburidze and flutist Rafael Adobas Bayog. The Flutist presented his own composition to the jury.

In recent years, young talents from our own competitions as well as from our partner institutions performed for the first time at Carnegie Hall. Due to the long-standing partnership with the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, we were looking for the best musicians of the university to perform in this renowned concert hall in New York. 

Veriko and Rafael convinced the audience all along the line during their performance at Carnegie Hall.