When Jonathan Stockhammer meets me at a rather noisy café in the centre of Frankfurt, the grey winter’s day becomes noticeably lighter. He had an early start, flying in from Berlin this morning. He does a lot of travelling. But he does not give the impression of being over-busy or rushed. He has taken plenty of time for our meeting. Two and a half hours go by in a flash and at the end it is not he who has to leave for another meeting, but me. Jonathan is able to convey something of an inner peace, a profound serenity with great animation and tireless eloquence. Someone whose only aim is to pursue the next methodical step of his career strategy would certainly not look like this.more
Alertness, Trust, Humility
In December 2018, Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich, the music publicist and long-time culture editor of the Frankfurter Rundschau, died at the age of 80. To mark his death, we republished his portrait of Jonathan Stockhammer.
The Berliner Philharmonie is dedicating its Biennale to the composer from 9 to 26 February - in addition to major performances (including the rarely performed Requiem conducted by Sir Simon Rattle), Ligeti's life and work will be illuminated in an exhibition and a symposium including top-class master classes.