Dear friends of music and nature,
On May 4, 2018, an event of the event series CLIMATEKEYS took place in the music studio. Guests were the young pianist Robbin Reža and the climate change expert and CEO of Mission 2020 Andrew Higham. Anyone who has looked at Robbin’s program knows in advance that it had to be an exciting concert.
Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit by Maurice Ravel is considered to be one of the more difficult pieces on the piano and Robbin knew with technical elegance and musical empathy how to skillfully depict the Undine and her habitat, the water. Also the Scheherazade by Karol Szymanowski convinced with its complexity and Robbin’s impeccable performance with the play of dissonances and melodic elements. Both pieces were performed on the Pleyel grand piano from 1937, which is very well suited for modern compositions in its timbre.
Robbin performed the remaining pieces on the Kaps grand piano from 1875, which has an Érard mechanism and is designed to be warmer in its sound than modern instruments. With Franz Schubert Robbin went back a step in the history of music to the Romanticism and presented us the Moderato from the Piano Sonata in A minor D845.
This was followed by the lecture by climate change expert Andrew Higham. The first topic was the various areas that need to be addressed in climate change, such as CO2 pollution from exhaust fumes and industry, but also the economics of renewable energies and much more. He then asked the audience to talk chat with their respective neighbor and talk about what he or she was concerned with in this regard. Eventually, the audience was asked to talk about their discussions, and Andrew explained many issues that people were concerned about.
The conclusion of the event was again a piano piece – Des Pas sur la Neige by Claude Debussy, which reflected in its thoughtfulness the mood of all the people present regarding the topic of this event.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Robbin Reža, Andrew Higham and Lola Perrin, who launched CLIMATEKEYS. Special thanks also goes to the audience, who made the event such a great succes with its great interest and enthusiasm for this topic. It is particularly nice to see that people of many nations and many generations have come together on this day, which emphasizes the most important fact of this event:
We have only one world and the preservation of this world concerns us ALL.
If you could not attend, you can watch the entire event here:
Dear friends of music,
I would like to invite you to a very special event! The music studio will make its premises available to the Climatekeys series, which was founded in 2017 by pianist and composer Lola Perrin. The Climatekeys website can be found here.
Climatekeys aims at connecting musical entertainment with the sensitization of the public for the consequences of climate change. Therefore, in addition to a concert, there will also be a lecture by a climate expert, who will gladly answer the questions and suggestions of the audience in the ensuing discussion. And for this event no one less than Andrew Higham, CEO of Mission 2020, will be our guest!
The musical part will be performed by the young pianist Robbin Reža from Sydney, Australia. He completed his Bachelor of Performance in Sydney with First Class Honours and is now commencing a masters degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. For this event, he created a beautiful program consisting of works by Maurice Ravel, Karol Szymanowski, Franz Schubert and Claude Debussy.
The event is in English!
At ClimateKeys, we believe climate change solutions should be at the heart of all human activity. Our framework creates a unique space inviting new actors into this arena by placing climate conversations at the centre of musical concerts.
Music can engage diverse communities who wouldn’t otherwise be involved in climate work. Our events provide platforms for sharing expertise and forming emotional connections, motivating human action. Audience discussions trigger yet more conversations, creating a domino effect helping facilitate transition toward Paris Agreement implementation.
Source: CLIMATEKEYS website
Look forward to an exciting evening and great entertainment!
Friday, 04th of May 2018
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Gaspard de la Nuit
Karol Szymanowski (1882 – 1937)
Scheherazade from Masques Op. 34
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Piano Sonata in A minor D845
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
Des Pas sur la Neige (from the Préludes, Book 1)
The entry is free – it will be asked for a donation for the musician!
Australian Pianist Robbin Reža (23 years old) completed a Bachelor of Performance with First Class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. There, he studied with Daniel Herscovitch from 2007 till 2016. From October 2017, Robbin commenced a Masters Degree with Claudio Martinez-Mehner and Nina Tichman at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in Germany. Robbin made the decision to broaden his musicality in Germany after being the recipient of the Mendelssohn Scholarship for the 2016 Mendelssohn Akademie in Leipzig, studying with Arie Vardi and Jacques Rouvier.
Robbin gave his first public recital at the age of 11 for the launch of the 9th Sydney International Piano Competition and has been awarded numerous prizes in important competitions in Australia such as the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition, Sydney Conservatorium Concerto Competition, Allison and Henderson Scholarship Sydney Eisteddfod and the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards. Robbin has performed widely in Australia and abroad and has made live broadcasts and recordings with prominent classical radio stations in Australia. Having a keen interest in contemporary music he has a passion for being the interpreter of new works by living composers leading to an Australian Premiere of Elliot Carter’s “Two Controversies and a Conversation” (2010) at the Sydney Conservatorium. Apart from the piano Robbin enjoys gardening and exploring the mechanics and electronics of cars.
Andrew Higham is CEO of Mission 2020. He has crafted UNFCCC’s substantive strategy since 2011. He has over 15 years experience leading large teams and delivering highly complex initiatives. Previous roles include International Expert in Climate Policy at ECN (Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands) – advising leading firms, public-private initiatives and governments on global technology and finance strategy and analysis – and Strategies Director providing thought leadership across Australian NGOs. He also spent a decade as a senior political and policy advisor, designing and implementing subnational and national policies, programs and campaigns in the areas of science, technology, natural resources and environmental policy.
I am looking forward to your visit!
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