Grand Opening Gala “ODE TO PEACE”

10 October

Unfortunately, the event must be postponed due to illness. A new date is currently being planned. All tickets that have already been sold will remain valid for the new date or can be refunded.


M.Weinberg Chamber Symphony No.1 op.145 (1987) for string orchestra
L.Abeliovich Aria for violin and orchestra (First performance in Germany)
Erkki-Sven Tüür “Leaving behind…” for piano and strings WORLD PREMIERE
D.Shostakovich/A.Stasevich Chamber Symphony op. 110a

and a lot more…

Erkki-Sven Tüür, Composer-in-Residence and Honorary Guest of the Concert

(Top-class soloists from over 15 countries, winners of most renowned international competitions such as ARD, Tchaikovsky and Queen Elisabeth, as well as concertmasters of famous orchestras who play rare instruments like Stradivarius and Guarneri and give the orchestra a remarkable sound)

Rostislav KRIMER, conductor

Soloist of the Berlin State Opera
Anna SAMUIL, soprano

Laureate of the Tchaikovsky- and Queen Elisabeth- Competitions
Tatjana SAMOUIL, violin

Preisträgerin des Wieniawski- Wettbewerbs
Alissa MARGULIS, violin

*Organizers keep the right of Program changes

The concert dedicated to support:

About the program:

Immerse yourself in the captivating story of this concert that will transport you to a world of passion, war, peace and hope. The program entitled “Ode to Peace” is dedicated to composers whose works were shaped by the effects of war and political systems. Through the power of music, their moving stories come to life and touch the hearts of the listeners.

One outstanding composer we meet in this concert is Mieczysław Weinberg, who fled Warsaw to Minsk during the Holocaust. Amid the turmoil of war and the invasion of the Soviet Union, he was evacuated to Tashkent and eventually invited to Moscow by Dmitri Shostakovich. The East-West Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Rostislav Krimer, has specialized in Weinberg’s music and has achieved worldwide recognition as well as several nominations for prestigious awards such as ICMA or Opus Klassik for the recording set of all four of his chamber symphonies.

Another notable composer in focus is Lev Abeliowitsch, who was a close friend and studied together with Weinberg in Warsaw and also fled to Minsk and their dream of returning to Warsaw together one day remained unfulfilled until the end of their lives. Abeliowitsch’s “Aria” for violin and orchestra, dedicated to the impassioned subject of the Holocaust, has rarely, if ever, been performed in Germany. Nonetheless, it offers a powerful connection to this painful chapter in history.

The concert will feature a WORLD PREMIERE: a new work written by one of the most famous composers of our time Erkki-Sven Tüür. The work which was written especially for the East-West Chamber Orchestra and Rostislav Krimer. Erkki-Sven Tüür’s music has been performed worldwide by renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and the Zurich Tonhalle, and under the baton of conductors such as Paavo Järvi. Erkki-Sven Tüür will be present at the concert as a Honorary Guest.

Dmitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony op. 110a (String Quartet in C minor op. 110), which reflects the composer’s struggle with the Soviet regime, will be performed as well. This impressive work is not presented in the well-known arrangement by Rudolf Barshai, but in the rarely performed arrangement by Abram Stassevich, which gives the work a unique tonal expression.

The String Quartet in C minor, Op. 110, is considered Dmitri Shostakovich’s most autobiographical quartet. It reflects his personal experiences of persecution, oppression and war. Shostakovich draws on motifs from his own earlier compositions and from other composers to illustrate the tension with the Soviet regime. Beginning with Shostakovich’s musical signature D-S-C-H, this moving piece is presented in a poignant interpretation.

There will also be musical surprises with impressive musicians, who will make the gala concert an unforgettable experience.

In addition to this rousing musical journey, it is of great importance to mention that profits from this concert also benefit charitable causes for children in need. By purchasing tickets for this unique concert experience, you are actively helping to help children in difficult situations.

This year we are partners for SAVETHECHILDREN.DE:

“Whether it’s natural disasters, droughts, diseases, political unrest, or wars, an increasing number of children find themselves in life-threatening emergencies, sometimes overnight. They get injured, have to flee, need medicine, food, and a roof over their heads. On the other hand, there are many forgotten crises that have been overshadowing children’s lives for years, robbing them of any chance for a future in peace and dignity. In both cases, there are often not enough resources available because while one crisis suddenly emerges, the other has faded into obscurity over the years, as other events dominate the headlines. That’s why Save the Children has established the Children’s Emergency Fund. The donations that flow into the fund help children quickly and efficiently wherever the need is greatest and funds are urgently required.”

Secure your tickets now and let yourself be carried away by the incomparable music and the moving stories.

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Ode to Peace

10 October 20:00
Johannisberg 40, 42103 Wuppertal
Historical Stadthalle Wuppertal
The artists performing at the event are
Erkki-Sven Tüür

Tüür maintains close relationships with top musicians such as Paavo Järvi and has been composer-in-residence at several renowned festivals as well as at the Berlin Philharmonie and the Tonhalle Zurich.

In 2014, Tüür was awarded the Culture Prize of the Republic of Estonia for his clarinet concerto “Peregrinus ecstaticus” and his work “De Profundis”. Monaco award. In the same year, Tüür received the prize of the Christoph and Stephan Kaske Foundation in Munich.

Rostislav Krimer
piano / conductor

The historical recording of all 4 chamber symphonies by Miezysław Weinberg has received several Opus Klassik and ICMA Award nominations, received 5 stars from BBC Magazine, CD of the week by Norman Lebrecht among other top critics worldwide.

Rostislav Krimer is also the founder and artistic director of the Ost-West-Festival NRW, which will welcome the best musicians in the world in 2023, where the Friedensorchester East-West Chamber Orchestra will once again be the orchestra-in-residence.

Anna Samuil

Anna Samuil made her debut in 2003 as Violetta at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and has been a permanent soloist since 2004.

Since then she has been here e.g. as Donna Anna, Fiordiligi, Contessa, Tatjana, Mimì, Musetta, Adina, Micaëla, Elisabetta, Agathe, Rosalinde, Ariadne and Elsa.

Siyabonga Maqungo

The South African tenor Siyabonga Maqungo has been a permanent member of the ensemble at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden since the 2020/21 season and has performed in this house as David (»Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg«), Count Almaviva (»Il barbiere di Siviglia«), Jeweler (» Sleepless”), Tamino (“The Magic Flute”), Jaquino (“Fidelio”) and Trin (“La fanciulla del West”) on stage. In previous years he was part of the ensemble of the Meinigen State Theater (2015-2018) and the Chemnitz Theater (2018-2020).

Natalia Skrycka

After she was a member of the International Opera Studio of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and a scholarship holder of the Liz Mohn Kultur- und Musikstiftung in the 2015/16 season, she became a permanent member of the ensemble in 2017 and has since sung roles such as Zweite Dame (»Die Zauberflöte«), Knappe/ Flower Girl (»Parsifal«), Dryad (»Ariadne auf Naxos«), the title role in »Puss in Boots«, Dark Lady/Cook in Aribert Reimann’s »The Ghost Sonata« as well as Hansel in »Hänsel und Gretel«, the voice from above in »The Woman Without a Shadow«, the Village Magistrate’s Wife (»Jenůfa«), Wowkle (»La fanciulla del West«) and Suzuki in »Madama Butterfly«.

Tobias Berndt

Born in Berlin, Tobias Berndt began his musical education in the Dresdner Kreuzchor. He studied with Hermann Christian Polster in Leipzig and continued his education with Rudolf Piernay in Mannheim. His teachers also include Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Thomas Quasthoff, Wolfram Rieger, Norman Shetler and Irwin Gage.

East-West-Chamber Orchestra

The Orchestra-For-Peace East-West Chamber Orchestra brings together outstanding musicians who have themselves won prizes at the world’s most prestigious competitions, including Tchaikovsky, ARD, Queen Elisabeth, Long-Thibaud and Paganini. They are also concert masters and conductors of renowned orchestras playing rare instruments such as Stradivarius, Guarneri-del-Gesu, Guadagnini and Goffriller. This unique combination gives the East-West Chamber Orchestra its outstanding sound.

The orchestra is based in the Beethoven city of Bonn in Germany and was founded in 2015 by Rostislav Krimer. It was also the resident orchestra of the Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival and performed in Europe. The orchestra sees itself as an ambassador for transnational cooperation, peace and cultural exchange throughout Europe and beyond. Since 2023 it has also been the resident orchestra at the East-West Festival in Germany.

This event is a part of Ost-West-Festival
For more information on the artists, program and actions for this festival, see the dedicated section
Festival program