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.
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Music is my way of life.
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Even today I experience my relationship to the world by making music.
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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.
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Listen closely in silence.
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If there’s space, you can fantasize.
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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)
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Those who are no longer allowed to play have time to play.
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…to play, to play, to play…

Celina Bäumer, Geige KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann

 

Valérie Gillard | violin

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

Valérie Gillard, Geige KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann

 

UTA ZENKE | CELLO
TOBIAS VOGELMANN | OBOE

Oboist at gardening.
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Curtain up for living room concerts!
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… unfortunately without audience.
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Planer on outdoor mission.
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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!
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Ironing Man – Just let off steam… Felix Kolb
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„Space for dreams“
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What a pleasure to welcome the BRSO members again to our home for some lessons.
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„Polyphonic melody, bass and accompaniment. In this little wooden box is my own little orchestra.“
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„Just some more days of practicing the violin, to finally go home to Italy
again after corona“
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Our way to start the day – double espresso
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„Practicing focus and 100% concentration with other tools then just the musical instrument.“
Berat Efe Sivritepe
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„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.
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Pause and take a deep breath.
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Time and leisure to find a new horn.
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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)
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The piccolos small world … VERY BIG!
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Hold on.
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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!
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I can hardly wait for the moment to perform in front of our audience again!
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Gratitude and memories of many unforgettable concerts.
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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.
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#BookNowListenLater
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If you have a chance, don’t wait for another to occur.
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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
BEN HAMES | VIOLA

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

Bettina Faiss & Ben Hames KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann

 

Karin Löffler KeepPlaying Opener

KARIN LÖFFLER | Violin

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

Karin Löffler KeepPlaying (c) Astrid Ackermann

 

Julita Smolen KeepPlaying Opener

JULITA SMOLEN | Violin

The stage of my imagination
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Patience…
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Finally allowed again
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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.
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I NEVER THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE. IT COMES SOON ENOUGH. (Albert Einstein)
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NOBODY DIES A VIRGIN… LIFE FUCKS US ALL. (Kurt Cobain)
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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