On the death of Friedrich Cerha

The Karl Amadeus Hartmann Society / Hartmann Center mourns the death of its founding member Friedrich Cerha. The important Austrian composer and conductor died on 14 February in his hometown of Vienna just a few days before his 97th birthday. Cerha was a lifelong advocate of the performance of New Music and in 1958 he co-founded the Viennese ensemble “die reihe”, which under his baton gave international performances of the works of the Viennese School in particular.

The Karl Amadeus Hartmann Society / Hartmann Center will always honour the memory of Friedrich Cerha.


Zum Tod von Friedrich Cerha

Die Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft / Hartmann-Center trauert um ihr Gründungsmitglied Friedrich Cerha. Der bedeutende österreichische Komponist und Dirigent verstarb am 14. Februar nur wenige Tage vor seinem 97. Geburtstag in seiner Heimatstadt Wien. Cerha setzte sich lebenslang für die Aufführung Neuer Musik ein und war 1958 Mitbegründer des Wiener Ensembles „die reihe“, welches unter seinem Dirigat insbesondere die Werke der Wiener Schule international zu Gehör brachte.

Die Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft / Hartmann-Center wird Friedrich Cerha stets ehrend gedenken.




Brigitte Helbig (ensemble hartmann 21) has been awarded the Bayerische Kunstförderpreis 2022

Brigitte Helbig, born in Munich in 1991, began playing the piano at the age of four and later studied in Munich, Paris and Vienna. For her interpretation of contemporary music, she received a sponsorship award from the IBK (Internationale Bodensee Konferenz) and a music scholarship from the LH Munich. Since 2017, she has also been working on the premiere recording of the complete piano works of Hans Winterberg (Toccata Classics), a Holocaust survivor. In addition to contemporary solo repertoire, she is particularly dedicated to the works of female composers (concert series “Starke Frauen – Starke Stücke”). As a founding member of our ensemble hartmann21, she also regularly interprets modern as well as contemporary chamber music. We are looking forward to further exciting concert evenings with her at the Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft.

Congratulations, Brigitte Helbig!


„Funkelnde Sterne am bayerischen Musikhimmel“: Kunstförderpreise 2022 in der Sparte „Musik“ (bayern.de)

Brigitte Helbig (ensemble hartmann21) mit dem Bayerischen Kunstförderpreis 2022 ausgezeichnet

Brigitte Helbig, geb. 1991 in München, begann im Alter von vier Jahren mit dem Klavierspiel und studierte später in München, Paris und Wien. Für ihre Interpretation zeitgenössischer Musik erhielt sie einen Förderpreis der IBK (Internationale Bodensee Konferenz) und ein Musikstipendium der LH München. Seit 2017 arbeitet sie außerdem an der Ersteinspielung des Gesamtklavierwerks von Hans Winterberg (Toccata Classics), einem Holocaust-Überlebenden. Neben dem zeitgenössischen Solorepertoire widmet sie sich insbesondere den Werken von Komponistinnen (Konzertreihe “Starke Frauen – Starke Stücke”). Als Gründungsmitglied unseres ensemble hartmann21 interpretiert sie zudem regelmäßig  moderne sowie zeitgenössische Kammermusikwerke. Wir freuen uns auf weitere spannende Konzertabende mit ihr in der Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft.

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Brigitte Helbig!

„Funkelnde Sterne am bayerischen Musikhimmel“: Kunstförderpreise 2022 in der Sparte „Musik“ (bayern.de)

Our ensemble hartmann21 as guest at the MGNM music festival on 24.09.2022 at the Schwere Reiter

At the invitation of the Munich Society for New Music (MGNM), our ensemble hartmann21 will participate in this year’s music festival on September 24, 2022 at the Schwere Reiter Munich. The program includes works for viola, treble zither, accordion and piano by Uroš Rojko, Manfred Stahnke and a new work by Hans-Henning Ginzel (premiere). For more info on Musikfest and ticketing, visit: www.schwerereiter.de

Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s “Concerto funebre” with Kopatchinskaja, Petrenko and Berliner Philharmoniker in the Digital Concert Hall

In September 2021 Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) interpreted Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s violin concerto “Concerto funebre” with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of our honorary member Kirill Petrenko. The live recording of the acclaimed concerts can now be heard in the Digital Concert Hall. The recording is supplemented by interviews with the performers.


Igor Levit with Hartmann’s Piano Sonata “27 April 1945” at the Salzburg Festival 2022

On 25 July 2022 (beginning: 7.30 p.m.) Igor Levit will interpret Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s great piano sonata “27 April 1945” at the Salzburg Festival. Hartmann composed his work under the immediate impression of the death march of the prisoners from Dachau concentration camp on 27 April 1945 in Kempfenhausen, where Karl Amadeus Hartmann was hiding.

A cleverly composed programme entitled “In memoriam” will also feature Paul Dessau’s “Guernica – Piano Piece after Picasso”, Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor op. 110 – “In Memory of the Victims of Fascism and War” and Alfred Schnittke’s “Requiem for Solos, Choir and Chamber Ensemble”.

In addition to Igor Levit, the Hagen Quartet, the musicAeterna Choir and the Ensemble musicAeterna will perform under the direction of Gregor A. Mayrhofer.


Start of the 2022 concert season

Finally it’s happening again, on May 18 you can experience the first concert of our ensemble hartmann21 this year. Look forward to the following program at 6:30 and 8 pm:

Aribert Reimann (* 1936): Solo
for oboe solo
Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905–1963): Kleine Suite Nr. 2 (“Little Suite II”)
for piano solo
Aribert Reimann: Solo
for clarinet solo
Aribert Reimann: …ni una sombra
für soprano, clarinet and piano

Like last year, this concert will be offered at two times to account for the ongoing pandemic and to give you the most carefree concert experience possible. Tickets are available through our event page. We look forward to your visit!

An event of the © Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft e.V.,
sponsored by: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Bezirk Oberbayern and LfA Förderbank Bayern.

Invitation to the Annual General Meeting 2021

The Karl Amadeus Hartmann Society invites its members to the 2021 Annual General Meeting. It will take place on December 15, 2021 at 6 p.m. in the rooms of the Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft e.V.. (Franz-Joseph-Straße 20, 80801 München) and online.
For more information please contact us via e-mail.

On the death of Udo Zimmermann

The Karl Amadeus Hartmann Society / Hartmann Center mourns the loss of its long-time president Udo Zimmermann. As composer and long-time artistic director of the concert series for new music musica viva, founded by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, he felt deeply connected to Hartmann’s artistic work. Zimmermann also conducted the world premiere of his posthumously published “Sinfonia tragica” in 1989 as part of musica viva and subsequently performed the work at the Salzburg Festival.

Zimmermann took a driving role in the founding of the Karl Amadeus Hartmann Society in 2004 and was elected by the members as its founding president. It is thanks in particular to his tireless commitment that the 2005 commemorative year for Hartmann’s 100th birthday was able to give new impetus to the reception of Hartmann’s works internationally through a large number of concerts and exhibitions.
Thank you Udo Zimmermann!

The Karl Amadeus Hartmann Society / Hartmann Center will always honor the memory of Udo Zimmermann.