Natalia PrishepenkoViolin, chamber music ensembles
Musikhochschule Dresden, Germany
Shobi Gakuen University, Tokyo, Japan
Musikhochschule Hannover, Germany
Principal, Staatskapelle Halle, Germany

Musitektur Festival in HafenCity

The 2nd International Music Festival “Musitektur” will take place in Hafencity University in Hamburg, Germany. Musitektur is an innovative form in the musical community of Hamburg. The concerts, the masterclasses led by worldwide-known soloists and professors, as well as “International Music Competition Hamburg 2016” will take place at the HCU at the same time. The competition is open for violin and cello players. The competition's aim is to promote participants of the Masterclasses in Hamburg and other young musicians (age limit: 35). Participation in the competition brings international attention to the young musicians. The participants, that made it to the final round of the competition, will perform in St. Peter’s church on August 27th, where the audience will join the voting for the competition’s winner. The First Prize is the invitation to perform in St. Petersburg at the "Arabesques ala Russe" festival, with the opening word by senator prof. Barbara Kisseler. Other prizes are concerts in Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig. Thanks to the kind cooperation of Prof. Kimiko Nakazawa (violin) of the Shobi Gakuen University in Tokyo, this year’s festival is a cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, extending the international status of the event.

Enjoy our extensive concert program and the masterclasses from outstanding world-class professors!
Yours, Beethoven Duo & Blackmore International Music Academy

The Musitektur philosophy

According to ancient philosophers, music and architecture came from the same source as astronomy. It had to do with the magic of numbers, the relationships between them, and proportions and harmonies. They were measurable in arithmetic and could be represented as geometry. The "harmonia mundi" of the cosmos was taken for granted, and was audible as the music of the spheres – we need think only of Schiller’s line in the finale of Beethoven’s 9th symphony: "Brothers, above the panoply of the stars, a loving Father must dwell."
Music has always made it its business to be well-proportioned, whether on the basis of the golden section or Le Corbusier’s Modulor. Proportions likewise feature in Bach’s compositions, from the overall architecture down to the compositional detail, similar to the Pythagorean theory of proportions which defines the dimensions and proportions of the temple at Bassae down to the smallest detail. Raphael’s fresco of The School of Athens in the Stanze at the Vatican introduces the coded puzzles of the Neo-Pythagorean scholars of the Renaissance. The music of contemporary composer György Ligeti is simultaneously the work of a mathematician. These and similar ideas were behind “Musitektur”, a musical festival exploring the architecture of music, which we are putting on for the second time, as both entertainment and education for all the music lovers.
Tradition and modernism are two sides of the same coin – the art of composing and interpretation!

Download our posters: Masterclasses (PDF, 2,2 Mb), Festival (PDF, 1,6 Mb)

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