The Once and Future

“The Once and Future” combines film, music, laser choreography, and AI in a unique way, creating a captivating journey that explores and questions geographical, physical, and spiritual boundaries, pushing them to new limits. Along the way, the focus turns to Earth, facing the threat of complete destruction, raising questions about the potential future of humanity and the possible locations for it to unfold.

Award-winning director Yeo Siew Hua from Singapore explores these questions in his film, shot in Argentina during the pandemic, using subtle yet compelling visuals that capture and extend Eugene Birman’s congenial and highly virtuosic music. Birman’s composition is interpreted by the ZeMu! Ensemble Berlin, a group of members from the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Stanley Dodds, and the Indian librettist and vocal soloist Anandi Bhattacharya, who performs as embodied Artificial Intelligence.

This multimedia work premiered at the Singapore International Arts Festival in 2022 and was repeated a year later at the New Vision Arts Festival in Hong Kong.



„The most stunning and divisive work at the festival… Yeo Siew Hua’s ambitious and multidisciplinary epic that features film, theatre, laser display… and Berliner Philharmoniker’s gorgeous postmodern music composed by Eugene Birman“

Business Times (SG)

„The production does not aim at sensory overload; rather, it sneaks up on the viewer, delivering a string of unexpected pleasures“

Straits Times (SG)

Project 2024/25

Dates upon request

The Once and Future

In ‘The Once and Future,’ an expanded cinema experience is created through combining hi-power laser tracking, cross-over vocal performance, and AI-assisted libretto, with the virtuosic artistry of the Berliner Philharmoniker members and a new film shot in 12K by acclaimed Singaporean director Yeo Siew Hua.

With the participation of the singer Anandi Bhattacharya, the composer Eugene Birman, the conductor Stanley Dodds, the director Yeo Siew Hua, and the ZeMu! Ensemble. The ZeMu! Ensemble is the latest ensemble emerging from the ranks of the world-famous Berliner Philharmoniker, dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking technology and crossover projects with new media in classical music. ‘The Once and Future’ is its debut project.


Galilee Chamber Orchestra

The Galilee Chamber Orchestra, founded by the Polyphony Education Association, is the first professional orchestra in Israel consisting of Arab and Jewish musicians. Under the direction of conductor and pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar, the orchestra brings together talented young musicians with leading members of Israeli orchestras to offer its audience a fresh sound and unique energy without compromising on quality. The orchestra performs regularly in Israel and has completed successful tours throughout Europe and America, including performances at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Corner Hall in Toronto, Konzerthaus Berlin, Christuskirche Hannover, Osnabrücker Musikfestival, and Rheingau Festival. It has also collaborated with world-renowned musicians such as violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Lynn Harrell, and pianist András Schiff.



“The Power of Collaboration – The Galilee Chamber Orchestra with Arab and Jewish Musicians Delights at Christuskirche”

Hannoversche Allgemeine

“So much lightness, brilliance, and polished dialogues! One cannot play this Beethoven symphony any better!”

RBB Kultur Radio


Mozart y Mambo

Sarah Willis, the charismatic horn player of the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Lyceum Orchestra showcase how Mozart could sound in the Caribbean with their successful project “Mozart y Mambo.” Originally founded by Pepe Méndez and his friends and classmates from the ISA (Instituto Superior de Artes) and ENA (Escuelas Nacionales de Arte), the orchestra brings a unique blend of classical and Caribbean influences.

With the support of the renowned Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble, the orchestra gained significant recognition with the release of their first Mozart y Mambo album. The Mozart y Mambo project combines the rhythmic music of Mozart with the vibrant joy of Cuba, captivating people all around the world during their tours.



„He (Mozart) would certainly have liked this lively approach.“

Tagesspiegel Berlin, 12 August 2023

„I was similarly impressed by the elegance and flair of the Cuban sections – some of them riffs on Mozart, while others are drawn from traditional Cuban songs and dances.“

Gramophone Magazin, May 2023

„The incredible energy and rhythmic sensibility of the young and talented orchestral musicians was captured wonderfully.“

BR Klassik, 18 July 2020

Project 2025/26

Dates upon request

Mozart y Mambo – with Sarah Willis in Kuba

A unique musical encounter in Havana: The successful project with Sarah Willis combines popular solo pieces for the horn by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with traditional Cuban music. The program includes music from the first three released CDs.



Franui is an Austrian music band named after an alpine meadow in Innervillgraten. They have been playing together since 1993 with almost unchanged lineup and are known for their reinterpretations of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Mahler. Their musical concept combines classical music, folk music, jazz, and contemporary chamber music.

In their concerts and music theater productions, the musicians collaborate with outstanding stage partners. Franui’s recordings have been awarded multiple prizes. The Musicbanda of the same name has been playing in almost unchanged formation since 1993 and has been a guest at many festivals and concert organizers (including Wiener Konzerthaus, Burgtheater Wien, Salzburger Festspiele, Bregenzer Festspiele, Ruhrtriennale, Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Münchner Opernfestspiele, Isarphilharmonie München, Philharmonie Köln, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Holland Festival, Klarafestival Brussels, Philharmonie de Paris).



“Always sensed, never heard like this before.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“A fantastic sound, contemporary, vibrant, harmonious. World-class. Top, but addictive.”


PROJEKT 2024/25

30.10 – 09.11.2024 and upon request! Mahler Project: Where I am going  

Music by Gustav Mahler, Carl Loewe, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and others.

When the East Tyrolean Musicbanda Franui and the Choir of the Bavarian Radio come together, the music of Gustav Mahler becomes the focal point. While the ten musicians of Franui uncover Mahler’s folk music inspirations, break down large-scale orchestral songs into a pocket-sized version, and fearlessly tailor the sound costume to contemporary standards, the Choir of the Bavarian Radio is particularly at home in Mahler’s large-scale symphonic music.

Together, the two ensembles shed new light on Mahler’s music through arrangements or “post-compositions” by Markus Kraler/Andreas Schett and Howard Arman, encompassing its pre-life and afterlife. Starting with the influences that shaped the young Mahler – including several songs by Carl Loewe at the beginning – the program freely and associatively follows the famous “Farewell” from Mahler’s masterpiece Song of the Earth, which was created in Toblach. “Where am I going?” it says at the end, “I am going, I am wandering into the mountains. I seek tranquility for my lonely heart.”


Building Bridges

Each season, András Schiff, who himself built his international acclaimed career without the springboard of a major competition win, selects three gifted pianists with unique musical personalities and, in cooperation with conc.arts berlin, arranges recitals for them at concert venues and festivals throughout Europe.  The aim is to support the young artists in developing their own sustainable networks and lasting connections in the professional music world. Past seasons have seen the pianists perform in Antwerp, Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Dortmund, Florence, Frankfurt, London, Lugano, Milan, Weimar, Zurich as well as at a variety of prestigious summer festivals. Upcoming highlights include recitals in Bern, Gstaad and Vienna’s Musikverein.

A special focus is the development of the concert programmes, which Sir András Schiff undertakes in intensive consultation with the musicians. The programmes should reflect not only the pianistic skills, but also the artistic curiosity and ideas of the participants. The pianists leave behind authentic musical visiting cards, both for the audience with an affinity for piano music and for the professional world – because artists’ agencies, concert organizers, representatives of the record industry, fellow musicians and specialist journalists are invited to every concert.

The selected musicians have completed their studies and have already participated in various renowned competitions. Nevertheless, they are only at the beginning of their professional careers and with the participation in Building Bridges they are given the chance to shape their professional future in a promising way right from the start. Since 2014, 22 pianists have been supported by the programme and established flourishing careers, including Zoltán Fejévári, Nathalia Milstein, Mishka Rushdie Momen, Nicolas Namoradze and Schaghajegh Nosrati.

With Building Bridges, Sir András Schiff has established a unique model of sustainable promotion of young talent, enabling young pianists to build their own bridges to the professional music world.


PIANISTS 2024/25

Availability upon request
Tähe-Lee Liiv

A. Pärt: Partita, 1958
J. Sibelius: Selection from the 10 Pieces, Op. 24, 1903
E. Grieg: Ballade in the Form of Variations on a Norwegian Folk Song in G minor, Op. 24, 1875
E. Rautavaara: Études Op. 42, 1969

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Jérémie Moreau

J. S. Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816
B. Bartók: Out of Doors, Sz. 81
F. Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

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Chloe Jiyeong Mun

J. Haydn: Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob.XVI:48
C. Debussy: Estampes, L.100
F. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.19 in c minor, D.958


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Freigeist Ensemble

Freigeist Ensemble is a courageous collective of supersonic soloists from German symphony orchestras that repackages super symphonic music for new audiences.

Often commissioning world premiere arrangements for innovative late-night projects, its mission is to revolutionise the style, sound and setting of classical concerts. This began in 2010 with “mini-Mahler” at Berlin’s Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, followed by “Strauss 150: New Perspectives” at STATTBAD Berlin, “From Russia with Soul” at Griessmühle Berlin and “Bartók Beyond Borders” at Musikbrauerei Berlin.

Joolz Gale founded Freigeist Ensemble to build upon his vision to reach new audiences though new concert formats and alternative locations. Projects often include newly commissioned arrangements for ensemble by Joolz Gale himself (incl. Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Bartók’s Dance Suite, Debussy’s La Mer, Bruckner’s 9th, Prokofiev’s 5th and Shostakovich’s 9th & 10th Symphonies), for which he is represented and published by Schott, Sikorski and Boosey & Hawkes.

Remaining plans for 2022 include a return of “Bartók Beyond Borders” on tour as well as Mahler’s 3rd, Debussy’s Images and Bruckner’s 8th, all newly arranged by the ensemble’s artistic director, Joolz Gale.



“An ideal case of closeness.”

Tagesspiegel Berlin, 4 August 2021

„The new great things are small… mini is irresistible..“

Tagesspiegel Berlin, 31 July 2021


Availability upon request
BRUCKNER 6, 7, 8, 9 – 2024 200th anniversary of Anton Bruckner
with Joolz Gale, direction

A. Bruckner:
Symphony No. 6 in A major WAB 106, arr. Gale *Premiere*
Symphony No. 7 E major WAB 107, arr. Gale *premiere*
Synphony No. 8 C minor WAB 108, arr. Gale
Symphony No. 9 in D minor WAB 109, arr. Gale


Stegreif – The Improvising Symphony Orchestra

Without notes – without conductor – without chairs: Stegreif shows new ways of what a contemporary orchestra can look like today. In radical recompositions, the international musicians combine symphonic music with improvisation and influences from other genres and involve the audience in original spatial concepts. With these innovative concert formats, the young ensemble inspires a growing audience of different target groups.

Since the orchestra was founded in 2015, at least one new concert programme has been developed every year: #freebeethoven, #freeschubert, #freebrahms, #free∃roica, #bfree, #freemahler, #explore_mozart, #explorefreischütz, #bechange. In addition, co-productions have been realised with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the young North German Philharmonic Orchestra (TRIKESTRA), among others. Stegreif has performed concerts renowned stages such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Brucknerhaus Linz, the Radialsystem Berlin, the Beethovenfest Bonn or the Prinzregententheater Munich as well as at alternative alternative festivals such as FUSION, Detect Classic, PODIUM Esslingen, the Düsseldorf Festival or the Oranjewoud Festival (NL).



„Es gab tosenden Trampel-Applaus und stehende Ovationen für diese grandiose Performance eines Ensemble, das „geliefert“ hatte.“

Reinhard Frank auf, 24.07.2022

„Ist gelungen! Bravo!“

Angelika Silberbach in der Mainpost, 19.07.2022

„Selten ist die Leidenschaft für Musik, die Virtuosität der einzelnen Stücke so nah erlebbar“

Ulrike Gerner in der taz, 12.10.2019


Dates available upon request
A symphony from the moment

How can music emerge in the moment and in contact with the audience? Where do improvisation and composition meet? Can even an entire symphony be improvised?
Groove – movement – eye contact. The aim of #improphonie is to capture the magic of collective, free improvisation in its spontaneity and to give it a space as an independent work. space as an independent work. The individual strengths of the musicians become the driving energy and communication the actual composer. communication becomes the actual composer.

Artistic direction: Juri de Marco, Lorenz Blaumer
Concept, composition, musical direction: Bertram Burkert
Direction, choreography and conception: Lea Hladka
Costume and stage: Anja Kreher

Duration: approx 70 min

“The most striking overall impression was the atmosphere: away from the spectacular, theatral, merely entertaining, towards mindfulness, humility and appreciation.”

FAZ, 27 September 2022

Dates available upon request
symphony of change –
Final production of the project #bechange – 17 sounds of sustainability

In the symphony of change, Stegreif asks what this change sounds like. The musical arc is spanned from Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), Wilhelmine von Bayreuth (1709- 1785), Emilie Mayer (1812-1883) to Clara Schumann (1819-1896). Music history is revealed and rewritten when selected works by these historical composers are recomposed by five young and female ensemble members of the Stegreif Orchester and placed in a new context.

Premiere: planned for August 2023
Cast: 24 musicians
Artistic direction: Juri de Marco / Lorenz Blaumer
Recomposition/Arrangement: Nina Kazourian, Tabea Schrenk, Julia Bilat, Helena Weinstock-Montag, Franziska Aller
Co-Artistic Direction Composition: Alistair Duncan
Direction, Choreography: David Fernandez