20 years of partnership between Berlin and the Brussels-Capital Region


Elia Cohen Weissert
Image: Julius-Stern-Institut

The city partnership between Berlin and the Brussels-Capital Region is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

The focus of the festivities will be on two concerts by musicians from both cities, one at the Brussels Conservatory on 26 September 2012 and one at the Parochialkirche in Berlin on 26 October 2012. Berlin’s Delegate to the Federation and Commissioner for European Affairs, Permanent Secretary Hella Dunger-Löper, and the Brussels-Capital Region’s Minister of Finance, Budget, and External Relations, Guy Vanhengel, will attend both concerts.

The program includes:

Karol Symanowski (1882-1937) Nocturne and Tarantella Miyuko Wahr (16), Violine (Prof. Latica Honda-Rosenberg), Ron Lepinat, Klavier

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) Scaramouche op. 165b Vif Moderé Brazileira Simon Lindner (16), Saxophon (Detlef Bensmann) Barbara Barac (15), Klavier (Prof. Wagner-Dix)

David Popper (1843-1913) Elfentanz op. 39 Elia Cohen-Weissert (17), Violoncello (Prof. Jens Peter Maintz) Ron Lepinat, Klavier

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Klaviertrio G-Dur op. 1 Nr. 2 Trio Marcel Hastir

Miyuko Wahr
Image: Julius-Stern-Institut

The Julius Stern Institute is part of the Music Department of Berlin’s University of the Arts and is known all over Germany as one of the country’s largest and most prestigious music schools. Right now, around 60 especially talented children and young people between the ages of 9 and 19 are receiving a comprehensive education in music here, while also attending a regular school. For the most part, students receive intensive, age-appropriate private instruction. Classes in music theory and aural training, playing in chamber music ensembles, and regular opportunities to perform both inside and outside the university add further depth to their musical education. Many students of the Julius Stern Institute have won prizes in national and international competitions. The institute is headed by Anita Rennert, who has been teaching guitar and guitar methodology at the University of the Arts since 1994.