From letters written by some of the young artists

Thank you, German Forum

“I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thanks. What the German Forum did for me went far above and beyond what I expected.  I am very grateful for the chance to come to New York City to read, because it has not only enriched my experience as a writer, but helped me so much in expanding my working opportunities.” Claudius Niessen, Book Author (Leipzig)


“The German Forum offers a wonderful chance for young artists like me to perform in this exciting and important city.  It was a great honor to be invited to play with such a wonderful and highly talented group of musicians.  Being part of the German Forum on November 7th, 2007 was an important and critical step in my professional career.” Isang David Enders, Cellist (Darmstadt)


 “I am very grateful to the German Forum for its wonderful support during all the years I have lived in New York.  Your organization provided me with a scholarship to pursue my studies at Mannes College of Music and offered me several opportunities to sing at its events.  This gave me additional performing experience, which is critical for any young singer.  All things considered, the connection and recognition I received from the German Forum has been and continues to be incredibly helpful in my career.  Thank you very much.”
Christine Reber, Soprano (Reutlingen)


 “Invited by the German Forum, I participated together with two other young musicians in a classical concert at the Kosciusko Foundation Concert Hall in Manhattan. It was a wonderful and very important experience for me to celebrate my New York debut as a young flutist in such a wonderful place. Thank you for the opportunity to widen my artistic horizon.  All young artists depend on encouragement and having an outstanding environment to perform.  You provided these and I want you to know: We need you!”
Judith Hoffman, Flutist (Kassel)


 “The trip to New York, which the German Forum sponsored, gave me the opportunity to experience a totally new and different culture.  I met many interesting people and even made some new friends.  Professionally, it was a most rewarding experience and it gave me a taste of what I will face in my future competitive career.  To sum it up, New York was very exciting and lots of fun.” Jana Thomas, Soprano (Luebeck)


 “I really enjoyed being invited to New York by the German Forum and participating in a concert where I played the first movement of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata and Opus 15 by Henryk Wieniawski accompanied by Babette Hierholzer, piano. Playing to a big audience in Manhattan was a wonderful experience for me and will be unforgettable and very helpful for my future career. I am very grateful to the German Forum to have given me this opportunity. Johanna Pichlmair, Violin (Austria)

> view a complete list of all past performers


Artistic Adviser — Babette Hierholzer


Babette Hierholzer

Babette Hierholzer, acclaimed New York/Berlin pianist, advises the German Forum president on the selection of artists for the program.  After reviewing applicants and selecting the performers,  Ms. Hierholzer works with them to produce the final program and serves as the principal German Forum accompanist.   > view Babette's complete bio


Artistic Collaborators

Several prominent members of the New York cultural community have supported the German Forum through collaboration with the artists and/or speaking at our events.  These friends of the German Forum include:

Maestro Joseph Colaneri

Metropolitan Opera conductor and Artistic Director, Mannes Opera

Pavlina Dokovska

Chair, Piano Department, Mannes College of Music, The New School University

David Dubal

Program Host “WQXR” Radio (“Reflections on the keyboard”)

Sara Fishko

Producer/Program Host, WNYC Radio

Dr. Joel Lester

Dean, Mannes College of Music, The New School University

Rene Pape

Bass, Metropolitan Opera

John Riley

Drummer & Book Author, Professor of Jazz, Manhattan College of Music  

Karen Kohler

Cabaret Director and Singer, New York.

Friedrich Meyer-Oertel

Opera Stage Director, Darmstadt, Germany