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Multifold traditions of teaching nurtured by a unique cultural heritage on both sides of the Atlantic provide the impulse for a unique adventure involving highly talented students playing together in ”transatlantically mixed“ chamber ensembles.
Completed projects – in Cologne, New York, Montepulciano and Bonn – have met with significant success.
“Cultural diplomacy at the finest,“ wrote US Consul General Stephen Hubler to President Joseph W. Polisi in 2014 after enjoying a joint concert of Cologne students together with visiting Juilliard students at Bonn’s Beethovenhaus.
As one of the participants, Juilliard pianist Jiayan Sun added, “It is a privilege for artists from different parts of the world to meet and exchange creative endeavors to preserve the cultural value of the great composers and share their messages across cultural divides.“*
The implications and possibilities of music diplomacy are extraordinary: the project brings outstanding students from both conservatories, HfMT Cologne and The Juilliard School, together for a week of intensive rehearsing, coached by renowned teachers in preparation for a series of highly acclaimed concerts. The participants benefit from masterclasses with internationally recognized faculty members. This not only brings excellence to the young instrumentalists but also a mutual understanding and the opportunity to build bridges between different cultures.
Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto for violin and oboe in c-minor BWV 1060
Johannes Brahms Trio for horn, violin and piano in E flat major op.40
Robert Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat major op.44
Paul Frucht Echo in Rogers Park for violin and piano
The joint concert performance will feature 12 outstanding students from Cologne and New York City.
*(quote, The Juilliard Journal, Nov 2014 “Juilliard Cologne Conservatory Exchange“)