Welcome to the Schumann-Forum, the “board of artists” of the Schumann Network
With the Schumann Forum, the work of the Schumann Network gains personal authenticity and further sustainability:
Through their membership in the Schumann-Forum, the “board of artists” of the Schumann Network, highranking artists of all trades – established and young artists - , enthusiastic for Robert Schumann, will actively express their appreciation for the work of Robert Schumann. They are going to come to public attention through Schumann-related performances, recordings, interpretations, publications etc. They are meant to act as ambassadors for Schumann and his work troughout the world.
The Schumann Forum was officially established on 8th October 2011 in the ceremonial hall of the University of Bonn. The foundation ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Bonn Jürgen Nimptsch. The project leader, Dr. Ingrid Bodsch, presented the Forum, which was originally launched at her own initiative, and is being funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and theMedia.
The mainpart of the event, where Ingrid Bodsch and Irmgard Knechtges-Obrecht, board member of the Robert-Schumann-Society Düsseldorf, talked also about the new Schumann Journal, was constituted by the highly interesting and enthralling conversation between the Cologne-based music journalist Christoph Vratz and the renowned singer Christian Gerhaher about his adoration for Schumann. The internationally celebrated Bariton Christian Gerhaher, one of the most outstanding comtemporary interpreters of Schumann’s work appears as the first member of the newly established international Schumann Forum. The evening was musically accompanied with great virtuosity by the pianist Mizuka Kano, winner of the Zwickau International Schumann Contest in 2008.