Chamber Music at the "Zeitenwende"

We are delighted to once again present six chamber concerts in the Riphahn Hall of the Kölnischer Kunstverein in 2022. Top ensembles from Cologne and NRW present a programme that covers the entire spectrum of contemporary chamber music and shows how exciting, new and impressively good the current classical music scene is.

At the beginning of February, we celebrated the opening of this new concert year with the Astor Trio. Despite the pandemic, the numerous guests who attended experienced a magnificent concert.

In the meantime, until the second concert at the beginning of April, the war in the Ukraine then began this inconceivable tragedy. The Morgenstern Trio took the audience through this situation in a wonderful way and gave support and confidence with their concert. We decided at short notice to organise a benefit concert in the private setting of our friends and supporters. Aleksey Semenenko - who had given a concert in Kiev the evening before the Russian invasion - played a more than impressive concert with Inna Firsova and we were able to collect the fantastic sum of over 14,000 Euros in donations. We are now making this money available to young artists who have fled Ukraine in the form of monthly scholarships. In our blog we report regularly about our help in Ukraine.

What power lies in music and coming together in concerts! Only music can touch us in such a way, give us courage and strength to stand up for our ideals. Yes, we are living in a real change of times. But we can help shape it for the better by standing up for freedom, solidarity and sustainability with our actions.

Therefore, I invite you wholeheartedly to our wonderful chamber concerts! Experiencing the musicians at close quarters in good acoustics and a stimulating atmosphere is, after all, the heart of chamber music. The exchange with each other and the company in the Riphahn Hall are as much a part of a beautiful concert as the music itself. Enjoy the evenings, draw strength here and find new inspiration for good paths.

Finally, of course, my special thanks go to our friends and supporters. I would like to thank our institutional sponsors, the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Kunststiftung NRW and the RheinEnergie-Stiftung Kultur. My heartfelt thanks go to our sponsoring members of the Kölner Klassik Ensemble e. V. - and here especially to the members of our Board of Trustees. They are an enormously important source of support. Therefore, I would also like to ask all our guests to become members of our sponsoring association and support our work and the chamber concerts at the Kunstverein!

And, of course, we must not forget to express our deep gratitude to the Kölnischer Kunstverein, which has made the wonderful Riphahn Hall available to us and has grown close to our hearts as a partner and helping hand in every situation.

Yours, Tobias Kassung,

(Artistic Director)

Sponsors of the chamber concerts

The Cologne Chamber Concerts in the Kunstverein take place with the support of the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the Arts Foundation of NRW, the Ministry of Culture and Science in North Rhine-Westphalia and the RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur. As well as our board of trustees and sponsoring members of the Kölner Klassik Ensemble e.V.

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