For tuition in early music, chamber music and piano
Culture is alive in the centre of Duisburg, right in the heart of the city. Right there where thousands of people are rushing about shopping and pursuing life’s other everyday activities, young musicians from all over the world are starting out on their artistic careers. Behind the beautiful though somewhat inconspicuous historicist-style (1904) facade of 19 Düsseldorfer Strasse, there are people rehearsing, studying and performing in concerts. Perhaps the discreet charm of this heritage-listed building hints at the fact that it once used to house money – it was a bank. Today it’s the Duisburg campus of the Folkwang University of the Arts, an organisation whose reputation is respected far beyond the region and a place for high-level musical training.
In Duisburg, Folkwang Hochschule means chamber music, early music and piano. Lively teaching, learning and production; top-class soloists; unusual concert series; master classes and regular musical events throughout the entire year. Since October 2003 there has been a small in-house concert hall, lovingly restored in the area where the bank’s counters used to be. With its excellent acoustics, it has had an enthusiastic response from the public. Meticulous preservation and renovation measures have played as great a role in its success as has the long and fine tradition of musical education in Duisburg.