»Change in the Making«

Stakeholders from the area of music education from the whole of Europe will meet at the international Symposium on »THE ART OF MUSIC EDUCATION Vol. VIII« in Hamburg from 11 to 13 October 2022. The conference will focus on current challenges for artistic and cultural organisations in the face of climate change, social upheavals and a worldwide pandemic that is still far from being completely overcome.

Experiences from the Corona crisis, together with the ever more urgent issue of sustainability, call into question the intrinsic logic of the concert business that has come into being over the decades. But that’s not all: Coronavirus revealed the vulnerability and lack of adaptability of a system that, for example, plans concerts several years in advance. On the other hand, the new situation has also set free much creativity and unbureaucratic initiatives. What can be preserved from this? What can be changed? How adaptable are we? Where has the enforced waiver of mobility and personal presence brought forth new ideas and ways of working?

How will »Change« succeed, and what role can be played by each of the education department stakeholders whose work brings them particularly close to the public?

The eighth edition of the Conference is devoted to these and other questions. It is a cooperative event between the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the Körber-Stiftung in conjunction with the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO).

Registration is possible on this website from the beginning of April onwards.


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Thursday, 13.10.2022

Wednesday, 12.10.2022

Tuesday, 11.10.2022


Alma Pripp

Andrea Thilo

Anke Fischer

Becky Hazlewood - remote

Carolin Stüdemann

Chi-chi Nwanoku - remote

Christoph Lieben-Seutter

Eliza-Maïmouna Sarr

Feimatta Conteh

Francine Gorman

Guy Dermosessian

Jasmin Vogel

Kai-Michael Hartig

Karina Svensson

Lothar Dittmer

Louwrens Langevoort

Manuel Rivera

Mashanti Alina Hodzode

Nate Holder

Raphaël Schenkel

Sarah Herke

Soumik Datta

Stephanie Cuff-Schöttle

Tina Heine - remote

Tine Van Goethem

Request to participate

The conference fee to participate in the Symposium “THE ART OF MUSIC EDUCATION” is EUR 150, and is payable in the Elbphilharmonie web shop after you have received the confirmation of participation. The admission regulations to the Recital Hall of the Elbphilharmonie are subject to the Hamburg SARS-CoV-2 Containment Ordinance and will be updated on an ongoing basis. The organizer will inform you as soon as possible about the regulations valid in October 2022.

The registrations phase for the sixths edition is over. We kindly ask for your understanding.

Thank you for your wish to participate. Within the next few days you'll get an e-mail from us.

By sending this form, you declare that you agree to the Conditions of Participation and consent to your data being electronically recorded and stored by the Körber-Stiftung and HamburgMusik gGmbH. You can find more information about data processing in the Data Protection Notices.*

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Journey and Accomodation

Conference venue is the Recital Hall of Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Credits: Maxim Schulz

From the airport: The City-Train

The S1 runs every ten minutes to the central station (Hauptbahnhof). The journey takes 25 minutes.

From the central station: Subway

The yellow U3 line in the direction of Schlump-Barmbek runs every five minutes to Baumwall station. The journey takes six minutes.


Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Kleiner Saal
Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4
20457 Hamburg

Conference venue is the Recital Hall of Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.


Rooms in selected hotels in the HafenCity have been reserved at favourable conditions. Single room prices per night including breakfast start at EUR 105 (limited availability).
You will find contact data and reservation keywords for the hotel room allocations in your confirmation of participation.



Congress language

English and German. There will be simultaneous translation of all German contributions into English. English contributions remain untranslated.



Social development needs dialogue and understanding. Through its operational projects, in its networks and in conjunction with cooperation partners, Körber-Stiftung takes on current social challenges in areas of activities comprising Innovation, International Dialogue and Vibrant Civil Society. At present its work focuses on three topics: Technology needs Society, The Value of Europe and New Life in Exile. Inaugurated in 1959 by the entrepreneur Kurt A. Körber, the foundation is now actively involved in its own national and international projects and events. In particular, the foundation feels a special bond to the city of Hamburg. Furthermore, the foundation holds a site in the capital of Germany, Berlin.


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.








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