Dear friends of music

The sixth edition of the international symposium »THE ART OF MUSIC EDUCATION Vol. VI took place from Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 February 2018. The conference was once again being organised in partnership by the Elbphilharmonie, the Körber-Foundation and in association with the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO).

The topic of the sixth symposium was »Discovering cultural relations – music institutes in multi-diverse urban societies«. Society needs spaces to gather, people need places to get inspired and for individual and collective reflection. To what extent can concert halls provide such a space – even more so than they are today? How can we explore more the opportunities of different cultures, different ways of participation and perception, the role of cultural heritage, etc..

The idea is that the form and the activities of a cultural venue in the 21st century should reflect their role within the urban eco-system. What exactly does this mean however?

These were the questions – amongst others – were addressed and examined during keynotes, discussions, workshops and two concerts – one of them in the Kleine Saal of the Elbphilharmonie together with around 170 participants from 15 European countries.


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Friday, 16.02.2018

Thursday, 15.02.2018

Wednesday, 14.02.2018


Anne Wiederhold-Daryanavard

Annemarie Mitterbäck

Azouz Begag

Carsten Brosda

Cathy Graham

Charles Landry

Christiane Dätsch

Christoph Lieben-Seutter

Dörte Inselmann

Esra Küçük

Gillian Moore

Haci-Halil Uslucan

Jochen Schindlbeck

John Sloboda

Jorge Prendas

Katja Frei

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch

Lothar Dittmer

Luc Mishalle

Lukas Pairon

Marc Grandmontagne

Marc Sinan

Marion Koch

Martina Kurth

Matthias Naske

Michael Dreyer

Michel Abdollahi

Milad Karimi

Mo Asumang

Muchtar Al-Ghusain

Mustafa Akça

Neil Wallace

Oğuz Büyükberber

Paul Griffiths

Puls Band

Sinem Altan

Stefan Weber

Stephen Lawson

Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra

Tupoka Ogette

Udo Dahmen


For the first time, the symposium will be a guest at the premises of the Elbphilharmonie. After lunch, we will head over to the Kaistudios to discuss five thematic topics in small discussion groups. Each of these so-called spotlights takes place twice each for 90 minutes from 14.15-15.45 and 16.00-17.30. You have the possibility to choose two of the five offered spotlights.

I. Intercultural Music Education and Practise
II. Community Work and Diversity
III. Diversity Strategies in Cultural Institutes
IV. Exit Racism - Learning to think racism critical
V. Social Impact of Music Making i.a. in Projects with Refugees

Please note: All Spotlights are held in English and have limited participant capacity. Please indicate with your registration request two spotlights of your choice.

If a spotlight is no longer listed in the registration area, the capacity limit has been reached for the relevant spotlight and registration is no longer possible here.

Spotlight I: Intercultural Music Education and Practise

Further Information here.


Spotlight II: Community Work and Diversity

Further Information here.


Spotlight III: Diversity Strategies in Cultural Institutes

Further Information here.


Spotlight IV: Exit Racism - Learning to Question Racism

More Information here.


Spotlight V: Social Impact of Music Making i.a. in Projects with Refugees

More Information here.


Journey and Accomodation

The building of the Körber foundation in the HafenCity in Hamburg.

From the airport: The City-Train

The S1 runs every ten minutes to the central station. The jurney takes 25 minutes.

From the central station: Subway

The yellow line U3 towards Schlump-Barmbek drives in five-minute intervals until the station Baumwall. The journey takes six minutes.

Directions to download


Kehrwieder 12
20457 Hamburg

Seat and venue of the Körber Foundation is the Körber Forum in the HafenCity. The focus of the programme offer of about 100 public events in the year are results and impulses of the foundation's work in the fields of international politics, education, science, society and culture. The foundation has thus a forum for activists who do not want to leave everything as it is.


In following hotels rooms quotas are established under the reservation keyword »Körber Foundation, Symposium«.

Prices per person / single room excluding Breakfast:



Congress language

English and German. It is offered a simultaneous translation of all German presentations into English. English posts remain untranslated.


Körber Foundation

Social development calls for critical reflection. This is a principle to which Kurt A. Körber felt bound, both as a German and as a world citizen. The foundation established by the entrepreneur and engineer in 1959 takes on this social challenge at a national and an international level. International affairs, education, science, civil society, culture – the Körber Foundation is active in these areas with a number of its own projects.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

In the flow of the river Elbe and surrounded on three sides by water, Hamburg’s concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, is a centre of attraction for all who live in Hamburg as well as for visitors from all over the world. The spectacular building, which celebrated its opening in January 2017, houses two concert halls, a large music education area, a range of places to eat and drink, a hotel and the public Plaza, which offers visitors an unparalleled panoramic view over the whole city. Artistic quality, variety and accessibility shape the musical programme of Hamburg’s cultural landmark.

Co-operation partners

European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO)

The European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) is an active network bringing together many of the major concert halls in Europe in order to promote professional exchange, shared reflection and the initiation of joint initiatives. ECHO constitutes a platform for open exchange and for joint thinking on the opportunities, developments and shared challenges central to the lives of concert halls in the 21st century. All of the ECHO halls are producing institutions and demonstrate a high level of artistic integrity presenting a significant level of own productions in the performance series they offer. ECHO leads an EU funded platform for the development of international emerging talent in classical music for the period 2018-2021.


Vol. VI

Topic: Music institutes in multi-diverse urban societies


Vol. V

Topic: Re-Thinking the Dialogue


Vol. IV

Topic: Heritage


Vol. III

Topic: Alliances


Vol. II

Topic: Young Audiences


Vol. I

Topic: Role






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