Christian Mokschan originally wanted to be a professional pianist. Instead of performing in public, however, he decided to focus on the art of making the instrument. Today he works for the renowned Steingraeber & Söhne company in Bayreuth.
The Jazzfest Bonn has an unusual format and a notably international lineup. As the festival's two week season gets underway, its artistic director explains what makes the genre special.
Vladimir Ivanoff, head of the Ensemble Sarband, sits down with DW to talk about "Passio" and "Compassio" - about suffering, passion and empathy, all of which play a central role in music and faith.
Condolences on his death have been pouring in worldwide, also from the music world. Even as Chancellor, Schmidt took time for daily piano practice - and he participated in two respectable recordings.
Just as the number of classical music lovers is expanding in China, Germany's National Youth Orchestra has broken records of attendance during its tour there. Some cultural quirks can be surprising for Europeans.
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