Berlin, 11 December 2008 Press release

Kickoff for the Haydn year at the Austrian Embassy in Berlin

A press meeting with Dr. Walter Reicher, followed by a concert of the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt, is organized to mark the beginning of the Haydn year 2009

Berlin, 11 December 2008 - The Austrian Embassy in Berlin invited to a press meeting, followed by a concert of the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt, to kick off the celebrations around the "father of Viennese classical music".

The artistic director of "HAYDN - 2009" Dr. Walter Reicher outlined the concept of the coming events around the 200th anniversary of the death of the founder of Viennese classical music to journalists and interested concert organizers from Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, Potsdam, and Hamburg. One of the highlights of the Haydn year will be the international composition project "Dedicated to Haydn" (D2H), which will revolve around the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt. In the coming years, the Trio musicians will be travelling around the world as part of this series, to present works of Viennese classical music and contemporary commission works in the spirit of Haydn. The well-known German composer Dieter Schnebel will also contribute to the project with a piano trio.

The cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum in Berlin will continue with a comprehensive Germany tour of the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt, for which the Austrian Cultural Forum will provide financial and, by disseminating the concept of "DH2", ideal support for the project 

In 2009, the work of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Berlin will be under the annual motto of "listening to each other", and the celebrations around Joseph Haydn will contribute significantly to this: Apart from the implementation of its own projects, the ACF also supports activities in connection with Haydn in organizational, logistical, financial, and also ideal terms. On 14 May 2009, the ACF is inviting to a "cross-over" concert of the world-music band HOTEL PALINDRONE together with female pianist Marialena Fernandes, at which especially the folk music of that era, so influential to Haydn´s work, will be brought back to life on original instruments. In addition, young German Bariton Stephan Genz will be organizing a program at the ACF together with pianist Eric Schneider in the first half year of 2009, which will focus on Haydn compositions.

After the press meeting, the renowned chamber music ensemble presented a varied program in the Embassy, featuring works by Joseph Haydn and Tibor Nemeth.

Austrian Embassy Berlin
Amélie Schönbaumsfeld
Tel: 0049-30-20287-160
Fax: 0049-30-2290569