Especially in times, when concert halls are closed, rehearsals and concerts are cancelled, one thing particularly applies: keep playing! Because music connects us. We visited our musicians at home to find out how they ‘Keep Playing’.

Klaus-Peter-Werani | Viola

Magdalena Hoffmann | Harp

Celina Bäumer | Violin

Valérie Gillard | Violin

Uta Zenke | Cello & Tobias Vogelmann | Oboe

BRSO Orchestra Academy

Ursula Kepser | Horn

Natalie Schwaabe | Flute

Lionel Cottet | Cello

Alice Marie Weber | Viola

Bettina Faiss | Clarinet & Ben Hames | Viola

Karin Löffler | Violin

Julita Smolen | Violin

Stefan Tischler | Tuba


klaus-peter-werani | Viola

The limits of art today are the challenge of my freedom.
Music is my way of life.
Even today I experience my relationship to the world by making music.
For me, social distancing means a contradiction to the closeness of the physique of music and  to the physicality of sound – that’s why I won’t stop searching for opportunities to stay in close contact with the audience.

Klaus-Peter Werani, Viola KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann


Magdalena Hoffmann | harp

Play whenever you can.
Listen closely in silence.
If there’s space, you can fantasize.
Goodbye – ‘hear’ you soon.

Magdalena Hoffmann, Harfe KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann


Celina Bäumer | violin

„That even though the curtain has been closed, all questions remain open.“ (Berthold Brecht)
Those who are no longer allowed to play have time to play.
…to play, to play, to play…

Celina Bäumer, Geige KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann


Valérie Gillard | violin

Laughing is good.
Bach is my constant companion.
Always look ahead.
Nice to rehearse with colleagues again.

Valérie Gillard, Geige KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann



Oboist at gardening.
Curtain up for living room concerts!
… unfortunately without audience.
Planer on outdoor mission.
Still life or live silently?

Uta Zenke, Cello, Tobias Vogelmann, Oboe KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann


Opener Keep Playing Orchesterakademie

BRSO orchestra academy

There must be a place for ambition – in the goal!
Ironing Man – Just let off steam… Felix Kolb
„Space for dreams“
What a pleasure to welcome the BRSO members again to our home for some lessons.
„Polyphonic melody, bass and accompaniment. In this little wooden box is my own little orchestra.“
„Just some more days of practicing the violin, to finally go home to Italy
again after corona“
Our way to start the day – double espresso
„Practicing focus and 100% concentration with other tools then just the musical instrument.“
Berat Efe Sivritepe
„Concentration sharp as a knife since it got some time to sharpen it due corona.“

Keep Playing mit der BRSO Orchesterakademie (c) Astrid Ackermann


Ursula Kepser KeepPlaying Opener

ursula Kepser | horn

A listener that forgives every mistake.
Pause and take a deep breath.
Time and leisure to find a new horn.
Playing again at last! On my way to work…

Ursula Kepser KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann


Natalie Schwaabe KeepPlaying Opener

natalie schwaabe | flute

This is a wonderful day, I’ve never seen this one before. (Maya Angelou)
The piccolos small world … VERY BIG!
Hold on.
Teaching knows no boundaries – being connected.

Natalie Schwaabe KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann


Lionel Cottet KeepPlaying Opener

lionel cottet | cello

The stage remained silent, but the power of nature continued to unfold!
I can hardly wait for the moment to perform in front of our audience again!
Gratitude and memories of many unforgettable concerts.
The strange new normality, even when drinking a coffee.

Lionel Cottet KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann


Alice Marie Weber KeepPlaying Opener

alice marie weber | viola

To have the courage to change something.
If you have a chance, don’t wait for another to occur.
The art of waiting is to do something different in the meantime. (Heinrich Spoerl)

Alice Marie Weber KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann


Bettina Faiss & Ben Hames KeepPlaying Opener

BETTINA FAISS | clarinet

A little less reality please!
And now? Garden instead of concert hall?
Home schooling – fun for the whole family…
Stay connected!

Bettina Faiss & Ben Hames KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann


Karin Löffler KeepPlaying Opener


In difficult times I once again realize how important music and art are for our soul.
In the uncertain, the view goes forward.
Necessity is the mother of invention!
Homescooling – the different way.

Karin Löffler KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann


Julita Smolen KeepPlaying Opener


The stage of my imagination
Finally allowed again
Salut d‘amour

Julita Smolen KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann


Stefan Tischler KeepPlaying Opener

stefan tischler | tuba

A tuba player is significantly and very often involved in the greatest and most sonorous drama outbursts and climaxes. Otherwise he enjoys life underground.
There are things in life that have always accompanied me – my cuff links. Although I am not a superstitious person, I would miss them if I had to go on stage without them.

Stefan Tischler KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann


Photos (c) Astrid Ackermann