Götz Teutsch (photo: Monika Rittershaus)

Chamber Music

Philharmonic Salon

The ʻVikingsʼ in Germany

In the 19th century, most Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Finnish composers received their musical education abroad. One of the most important institutions in this case was the renowned Leipzig Conservatory which was attended by Niels Gade and Edvard Grieg to name but two, while Berlin, where Franz Berwald and Jean Sibelius studied, played a similarly important role. This Philharmonic Salon follows in the footsteps of these Nordic composers. With the theme “The ʻVikingsʼ in Germany”, Thomas Thieme reads texts by Henrik Ibsen, Knut Hamsun, and August Strindberg among others. The music is provided by scholars of the Karajan-Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Cordelia Höfer (piano).

Thomas Thieme speaker

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

Bumjun Kim cello, Anna Maria Filochowska violin, Megumi Okaya violin, Xingyuan Xu viola

Cordelia Höfer piano

Götz Teutsch programme supervision

The “Vikings” in Germany

Music by Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, Franz Berwald, Ole Bull, Felix Mendelssohn, Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Wilhelm Stenhammar and other composers

Texts by August Strindberg, Greger Anderson, Hans von Bülow, Franz Berwald, Volker Tarnow, Adolf Paul, Marek Fiałek and Bo Wallner

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 05 May 2019, 16:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 15:00

Serie S

Sun, 12 May 2019, 16:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 15:00

Serie S


In the 19th century, Scandinavian musical life was long dominated by the stylistic influences of European musical centres such as Vienna, Paris, Leipzig and Berlin. That is because most of the Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Finnish composers studied music abroad. One of the most important institutions to do so was the renowned Leipzig Conservatory, which many future composers from the Nordic countries attended after it was founded at Felix Mendelssohn’s instigation in 1843. They included, besides Niels Gade and Edvard Grieg, Halfdan Kjerulf, Johan Severin Svendsen, Johan Halvorsen, Christian Sinding and Robert Kajanus.

Berlin played a similarly significant role; Franz Berwald ended up here for more than ten years. Wilhelm Stenhammar completed his training as a pianist with Heinrich Barth at the conservatory in the Prussian musical metropolis. Jean Sibelius studied here with Albert Becker, while Ture Rangström studied with Hans Pfitzner. All of them plunged enthusiastically into the concert life of Leipzig and Berlin, got to know countless new works, undertook pilgrimages to Bayreuth and – thoroughly enjoyed Germany’s culinary offerings. Not least because of their capacity to hold their drink, the Scandinavian music students were also called “Vikings” in certain establishments.

In his Philharmonic Salon Götz Teutsch leads us down the trails of the northerners. Under the heading The “Vikings” in Germany, Thomas Thieme will read texts by Henrik Ibsen, Knut Hamsun, Herman Bang, August Strindberg and others. Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as Cordelia Höfer (piano), will play works by Berwald, Sibelius, Stenhammar, Rangström, Gade and Grieg.

Götz Teutsch (photo: Monika Rittershaus)