In workshop sessions, the Audience Academy provides insight into the Festival program, looks closely at various works and introduces composers. Artists and audience get together in a casual atmosphere. The workshops will be held in German language.

Monday, July 29th, 11 a.m. – St. Johannis Kirche Hitzacker (Elbe)
Audience Academy I: Meet Gidon Kremer
Gidon Kremer, Eleonore Büning – Moderation
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The violinist Gidon Kremer is arguably one of the most important musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. As the outstanding founder of the Lockenhaus Festival in in Burgenland, among other things, he has set new standards in chamber music. Born in 1947 in what was then Soviet Riga, the German-Latvian musician is a unique example of how borders and boundaries can be overcome – musically as well as politically.


Tuesday, July 30th, 2:30 p.m. – St. Johannis Kirche Hitzacker (Elbe)
Audience Academy II, Voices “Under the Radar” – Eisler!
Steffen Schleiermacher – Piano/Moderation et al
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As part of the “vocal day” at the Festival, the composer and conductor Steffen Schleiermacher, who as a pianist has featured music of the 20th and 21st centuries prominently in a multitude of CD productions, has compiled a concert and talk dealing with the most important East German composer. Among other things, he presents Hanns Eisler in a witty, imaginary monologue.


Wednesday, July 31st, 2:30 p.m. – St. Johannis Kirche Hitzacker (Elbe)
Audience Academy III: Portrait of Enno Poppe
Enno Poppe – Composer/Moderation, Oliver Wille – Violin, musicians of the ensemble mosaik
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Born in Sauerland in 1969, Enno Poppe is one of his generation’s most important composers. As director of the ensemble mosiak in Berlin, he has been commissioned to compose for the Salzburg Festival, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Musikfabrik, the Vienna Klangforum, and the SWR Broadcasting corporation for the Donaueschinger Music Festival. He has recently composed a work for violin solo for Oliver Wille. It will be premiered in the Academy, during which more of Poppe’s works will also be performed.


Friday, August 2nd, 2:30 p.m. – St. Johannis Kirche Hitzacker (Elbe)
Audience Academy IV: A Closer Look at Lutosławski’s String Quartet
Oliver Wille – Moderation, Noga Quartett – String quartet
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The Polish master composer Witold Lutosławski is one of the most important composers of the second half of the 20th century. His music, always an emotional experience, experiments with atonal harmony and the balanced inclusion of aleatorics, the incorporation of chance in performance. This is particularly true of his legendary string quartet, which was premiered in 1965 by the LaSalle Quartet. (LaSalle schreibt sich zusammen). Our artistic director Oliver Wille and the Noga Quartet will identify the 51 sound fields and show how the performers coordinate the moments of chance.


Saturday, August 2nd, 2:30 p.m. – VERDO Concert Hall
Audience Academy V • New Paths, New Formats

The Possehl Foundation has starated a new competition at the Lübeck Music University – the Possehl Prize for Comtemporary Music and Performance Concepts. Competition laureates present their work in Hitzacker. Admission is free.