“There is no freedom without mutual understanding” (Albert Camus)
The Neuburg Summer Academy sets a clear signal for intercultural communication. Particularly at the present time, mutual understanding is especially needed since the comprehension of the cultural other is a condition for taking global responsibility.
Last year’s summer academy has shown a flexibility which fulfilled this goal in a more or less traditional way despite the most difficult conditions. In a world being at its limit of losing any empathy it is even more important that arts are not restricted but that we counteract this apocalyptical phenomenon by some good networking and an open mind. I am particularly concerned to inspire the participants to take responsibility through their artistic actions. Furthermore, they should be encouraged to gain skills for interdisciplinary communication and spontaneous reaction by collaborating with participants and lecturers from other courses.
Music is a universal medium which helps to navigate worldwide. Besides, music is a universal language which addresses all ethnicities and ages in all kind of situations and times. Due to its adaptability, music is subject to constant change which is the only constant.
In the field of classic we will expand knowledge and understanding in the respective course area. And again, there will be space for interdisciplinary integration. Everything is possible and imaginable. There are no limits for ideas. With this in mind, I wish all of us enough firmness and freedom in order that the Neuburg Summer Academy with its undeniably academic ambition will also become a forum for a vivid and creative interacting.
Prof. Alexander Suleimann
Artistic director of classic
International concerts, recordings for broadcast, television and CD, master courses, workshops, seminars, articles for various journals.
Since then, Anna Gourari has worked as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide. She performs at international festivals and plays with conductors like Lorin Maazel, Iván Fischer, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Marco Armiliato, Kirill Petrenko and Sir Colin Davis.