Under the theme “Breaking Boundaries”, young musicians from the Barenboim-Said Akademie are giving concerts at the MDC in Mitte/BIMSB at irregular intervals, followed by seminars for PhD students. The inaugural concert on November 12 was a great success, with not a seat left empty.

Carla García Heredia plays the sonata for flute and piano

It is hard to imagine a bleaker November morning in Berlin. The sky is dark gray, and the clouds hang low over the city. In the large conference room of the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) in Berlin-Mitte, five spotlights are aimed at the stage platform. Young musicians are busy tuning their instruments. Where experts from the scientific community usually give lectures, the emerging musicians of the Barenboim-Said Akademie are kicking off a new concert series with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto in F Major for Oboe, BWV 1053.  

The Lunch Time Concerts are held under the theme “Breaking Boundaries” and aim to build a bridge between the natural sciences, the humanities, the arts, politics and the public. The young orchestral musicians, including the oboist Rafaela Carvalho and the flutist Carla García Heredia, captivate and enchant the audience, mostly students, in the packed conference room. They are accompanied by the pianist Anna Kirichenko.

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Michael Naumann opens the concert series. Naumann is the rector of the Barenboim-Said Academy, which trains international musicians in Berlin. Naumann emphasizes how fruitful the bridging between art and science can be. He is happy about the exchange.

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Michael Naumann opens the concert series. Naumann is the rector of the Barenboim-Said Academy, which trains international musicians in Berlin. Naumann emphasizes how fruitful the bridging between art and science can be. He is happy about the exchange.

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Nikolaus Rajewsky, MDC, initiated the lunch-concert series. He studied music himself, but then decided to pursue the natural sciences.

 

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Nikolaus Rajewsky, MDC, initiated the lunch-concert series. He studied music himself, but then decided to pursue the natural sciences.

 

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Rafaela Carvalho (oboe) opens the lunch concert with Johann Sebastian Bach. Concerto for the oboe in F major BWV 1053R. Anna Kirichenko at the piano.

 

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Rafaela Carvalho (oboe) opens the lunch concert with Johann Sebastian Bach. Concerto for the oboe in F major BWV 1053R. Anna Kirichenko at the piano.

 

© Stefan Maria Rother Carla García Heredia Enlarge

Carla García Heredia plays the sonata for flute and piano "Undine" by Carl Reinecke. The flutist will be accompanied by Anna Kirichenko on the grand piano.

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Carla García Heredia plays the sonata for flute and piano "Undine" by Carl Reinecke. The flutist will be accompanied by Anna Kirichenko on the grand piano.

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Gal Varon plays Johann Friedrich Fasch. Sonata for bassoon and basso continuo in C major, together with Anna Kirichenko at the piano.

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Gal Varon plays Johann Friedrich Fasch. Sonata for bassoon and basso continuo in C major, together with Anna Kirichenko at the piano.

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Sara Aqel performs Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin.

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Sara Aqel performs Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin.

© Stefan Maria Rother Upbeat finale: Mutlu Isdar (l.) and Carla García Heredia, accompanied by Anna Kirichenko, play the Rigoletto Fantasy Op. 38 for two flutes and piano by Franz Doppler. Enlarge

Upbeat finale: Mutlu Isdar (l.) and Carla García Heredia, accompanied by Anna Kirichenko, play the Rigoletto Fantasy Op. 38 for two flutes and piano by Franz Doppler.

 

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Upbeat finale: Mutlu Isdar (l.) and Carla García Heredia, accompanied by Anna Kirichenko, play the Rigoletto Fantasy Op. 38 for two flutes and piano by Franz Doppler.

 

© Stefan Maria Rother MDC Executive Director Heike Graßmann in conversation with Michael Naumann of the Barenboim-Said Academy. Enlarge

Meeting in times of  Corona: MDC Executive Director Heike Graßmann in conversation with Michael Naumann of the Barenboim-Said Academy.

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Meeting in times of  Corona: MDC Executive Director Heike Graßmann in conversation with Michael Naumann of the Barenboim-Said Academy.

© Stefan Maria Rother Michael Naumann and Nikolaus Rajewsky talking to Laleh Haghverdi at the BIMSB. Enlarge

After the concert and before the seminar: Michael Naumann and Nikolaus Rajewsky talking to Laleh Haghverdi at the BIMSB.

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After the concert and before the seminar: Michael Naumann and Nikolaus Rajewsky talking to Laleh Haghverdi at the BIMSB.

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The host is Professor Nikolaus Rajewsky, the founding director of BIMSB. He hatched the idea for the concert series and says that just minutes after he sent his students the invitation to the inaugural concert, all the seats were taken. The series strikes a chord with young scientists, who happen to be very interested in the work of musicians of the same generation.  

Einstein liked to play the violin

Time for exchange for students between concert and seminar. Enlarge

Time for exchange for students between concert and seminar.

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Time for exchange for students between concert and seminar.

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Publicist and politician Professor Michael Naumann, former German commissioner for cultural affairs and founding member and rector of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, spoke at the opening. He recalled that the scientist Albert Einstein was very fond of music, and is said to have reached for his violin when faced with scientific challenges and never entered the Academy of Sciences without his violin case.

Before moving on to the seminar, the students had the opportunity to speak with their musical colleagues at a reception. The origins and the nature and length of the training programs were intensely discussed. The institutions where the prospective musicians and researchers are completing their training are international in character. Carla García Heredia played the transverse flute in the Undine Sonata for Flute and Piano by Carl Reinicke. She comes from the Spanish island of Mallorca and has been studying at the Berlin-based Barenboim-Said Akademie for two years.

In the last piece, Rigoletto-Fantasie for Two Flutes and Piano by Franz Doppler, Carla García Heredia and Mutlu İşdar brilliantly executed the flute parts. The virtuoso operatic melodies in the arrangement for flutes and piano participation left the audience elated as the weekend approached.

Text: Ida Luise Krenzlin

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