classical music meets nature - concerto for violin and orchestra

'BIRDSONGS' is a new and unconventional work of classical music dedicated to the beauty and fascination of birdsong. This modern concert cycle is breaking new grounds both musically and in its visual presentation. It seeks to add to the on-going cultural dialogue about the relationship between man and nature in times of climate change and the preservation of biodiversity, finding its audience not only among friends of classical music but also among new target groups through its unique musical discourse.


„The birds become audible in the violin concerto „BIRDSONGS“ not only through the notation of selected birdsongs from all over the world, but also through the soundscape of the environment and different landscapes. In this work, the solo violin embodies, poetically expressed, the song that both birds and humans understand.“

SARAH DARWIN, scientist at Berlin's Natural History Museum and great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin:

„When I first heard about this wonderful idea I was deeply moved by its approach and can‘t wait to hear it being performed.“

WIM WENDERS, movie director, winner of „Palme d‘Or Cannes“ and President of the European Film Academy.

„Such a fascinating project.“

„BIRDSONGS“ has the potential to become a new standard work in classical music, appealing to both established and new audiences programmatically and because of its up-to-date visual presentation.

Arash Safaian was born in Tehran and grew up in Germany. As a composer, he has made a name for himself with orchestral works, ensemble pieces, film music and ope-

ras, and has been recognized for his con- positions, such as for the piano concert cycle „ÜberBach“ with the Echo:Klassik 2017 or for his music for the film „Lara“ with the Bavarian Film Award. Safaian‘s compositions embody a new understanding of beauty and narration in classical music. His very own and unique combination of compositional art and a modern sound language is celebrated on international stages, as shown not least by his sensational publications on Bach and Beethoven.

Karen Gomyo is an internationally celebrated violinist. The Chicago Tribune praised her as „...a first-rate artist of genuine mu- sical mastery, vitality, brilliance and intensity.“ Karen has performed with leading orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Dallas, Cincinnati,

Montreal, Vancouver, St. Louis, and Washington D.C. The Tokyo-born artist, who began her musical career in Montréal and New York, lives in Berlin.

COMPOSITION: Arash Safaian

SOLOIST: Karen Gomyo, violin