For the Russian-born pianist and conductor, matters of personality are secondary. On the verge of his 75th birthday, he sees himself as a craftsman in the service of music.
Vladimir Ashkenazy talks shop with DW but admits that some aspects of music making are beyond explanation.
With Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Mahler on the program, Vladimir Ashkenazy led Berlin's Deutsches Symphonie Orchester (DSO) on a South American tour.
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What can young musicians from Turkey and a German symphony orchestra learn from one another? A workshop in Istanbul tested the unifying power of music and showed how understanding is possible without words.
Conductor Tugan Sokhiev now heads the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester (DSO) Berlin. He talked with DW about learning music at the end of the Soviet era, and how his past finds its way into his work.
The joint concert by Berlin's Polyphonia Ensemble and the Youth Orchestra of Bahia drew on the social agenda and success of the El Sistema project.
Musicians of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (DSO) made a stop during their Japanese tour in the city of Natori, largely destroyed by the tsunami. They hoped the concert would offer a sign of hope to survivors.
Berlin's Deutsches Symphonie Orchester welcomes its new conductor, Tugan Sokhiev. But he has big shoes to fill: after a successful tenure, former conductor Ingo Metzmacher left the orchestra over funding disputes.
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