She is a master of the Persian long-necked Tar lute and Persian classical music, composer, performance artist and educator. She works in encounters of tradition and modernity, West and East, music and other art forms. Language, music, physicality and dramatic expression as part of a (cultural) whole form the basis of her work. For Western musicians, non-European art music, which can only be inadequately represented by notation, remains a book with many seals. The Concerto21 Foundation supports Elshan Ghasimi in her project to break these down - especially the Radīf - and to construct a bridge from East to West.
© Verena Bruening
A cello on the back weighs seven kilos. Its tradition, however, weighs considerably more and sometimes even becomes a burden when treading new paths. My cello, my choice is an act of self-empowerment, a self-determined and personal program that provides an insight into the intimacy between a musician and her instrument. Valerie Fritz is accompanied and supported by the Concerto21 Foundation in the development of her stage program, which includes works by Sarah Nemtsov, Hildegard von Bingen and Peter Eötvös, as well as commissioned compositions by Alexander Bauer and Georg Friedrich Haas.
© Alescha Birkenholz
Praised by the press as a "true ambassador for the versatility of his instrument", Goran Stevanovich is considered an important accordionist of this period. Like hardly anyone else, the young musician has succeeded in establishing the accordion on concert stages outside the usual repertoire. His extraordinarily broad spectrum of pieces has allowed Goran Stevanovich to develop his very own sound aesthetic and style over the years. The Concerto21 Foundation has been accompanying him since the beginning of 2023 in the development of Bosnian folk music for his instrument - in particular the love poetry Sevdah and its overlap with German poetry.