Basic principle

In 2013, the music world solemnized the 50th obit of Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905–1963). The Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and Art had therefore decided to proclaim a “Karl Amadeus Hartmann Year 2013” under the patronage of the then State Minister Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch. The Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft e.V. acted as initiator, interface, initiator, operator and organizer. Under the overall artistic direction of Andreas Hérm Baumgartner, the life and work of the most important German-speaking symphonist of the 20th century and the founder of musica viva have been thematized and put into focus in more than 160 initiated concerts, events, exhibitions and symposia worldwide. From New York to Tokyo, from London to Paris, Munich to Helsinki, internationally renowned soloists, conductors and orchestras have been involved.

The current task is to pick up the thread in the debate about and with the work of Karl Amadeus Hartmann, to increase its reception and to ensure the lasting success of this in many respects exceptional and unique artistic voice in the canon of the most important composers, also in today’s perception.

In addition to worldwide networking with artists, orchestras, ensembles, partner institutes and cultural institutions, we wish to cultivate Hartmann’s oeuvre in a special way, especially in the event rooms of the Karl Amadeus Hartmann Society in Munich Schwabing, to thematise it under new aspects and to create trend-setting impulses in its reception.

This is where the composer’s late works were written, where the musica viva concert series was headed, and where for decades artists from all fields came together – these include Hans Werner Henze, Luigi Nono, Pierre Boulez, Rafael Kubelik, Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Paul Hindemith, Lorin Maazel, Ingeborg Bachmann, Emilio Vedova, HAP Grieshaber, Joan Mirò and Ernst Fuchs.

Within the framework of our series of events hartmann21, we want to take this request into account: to offer a platform to young composers who are worthy of support – following Hartmann’s intention – and to set interpretive standards of Hartmann’s works with outstanding performers in “composed” programmes with a supra-regional radiance. Particularly noteworthy is Hartmann’s former grand piano, which is always played at our concerts. Other arts and sciences are deliberately included in the hartmann21 series of events.

Look forward to outstanding performers of the classical music scene, experience exciting projects up close, discover new perspectives through a creative interplay of music, visual arts, literature and science in a unique ambience with lounge atmosphere.

Event series

The event series takes place in the premises of the
Karl Amadeus Hartmann Society,
Franz-Joseph-Straße 20
in Munich.

You can reach us easily by underground line U3/U6, stop Giselastraße (3rd stop from Marienplatz), or tram 27/28, stop Elisabethplatz.

Our events are funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts, the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and the District of Upper Bavaria.