Neither War Nor Peace

A musical-literary salon

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With this salon, different sides of the war, the end of the war and the post-war period are highlighted with music and literature.

What begins with the end?

In music and literature, the mind and feeling of the times of upheaval are mirrored. Comparisons, parallels to past and present war scenarios are drawn.


Music program with violin, voice, piano:

Dramatic sequences from Beethoven’s violin sonatas are contrasted with peaceful passages.

You will hear melodies that were sung both in wartime and in peacetime.
Songs from the sensibility of war, from the point of view of those affected, those left behind, those fighting.
Timeless songs from “Es geht ein dunkle Wolk’ ein” to Tucholsky’s Zeitgeist in “Graben“.


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Salon K & K develops musical-literary programs and presents an interplay of literature and music. In selected thematic frameworks they explore music and literature and bring rational and emotional into a dramaturgical form.

Johanna Krumin and Anna Barbara Kastelewicz combine historical and contemporary topics.
Together with their artistic guests, they develop programs on a wide variety of topics – thoroughly researched, staged with profundity.


Salon K&K

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz and Johanna Krumin with Guests


René Hofschneider – Reading


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was born in Detmold and grew up with his two brothers in Berlin. There he came at the age of 15 years for the first time in contact with the theater and learned in initially small roles the Staatliche Schauspielbühnen Berlins under Hans Lietzau and Boy Gobert.

Here Hans Neuenfels discovered him for the role of “Ottokar” in his film Schroffenstein after Heinrich v. Kleist. The film was shot near Salzburg, where he then also began his training at the Mozarteum. After drama school, he took the long road through the provinces via Heidelberg, Aachen, Stuttgart and Marburg, finally returning to the Grips Theater in Berlin. With wonderful tours of the play LINIE 1 to Australia, New York and Jerusalem passed almost 5 years, until for the time being film and television came to the fore.

In addition to various productions (Tatort, Wilsberg, Doppelter Einsatz, Soko Leipzig, Soko Wismar, Danni Lowinski, Our Farm in Ireland, The Fat Man, Inga Lindström) he played the lead role in one of the first sitcoms realized in Germany (A Job for Life).

During breaks from filming, he continued to educate himself: during a three-year seminar in the Meisterklasse of Yuri Alschitz (GITIS Moscow), he learned the Russian methods of play, which were deepened with the study of Anatoly Vasilyev.

With the play Venice in the Snow (2008) René found his way back to the theater and also began ean extremely fruitful cooperation with Matthias Freihof. In the course of this collaboration, which continues to this day, René tours throughout Germany with various plays.

Besides acting, René Hofschneider studied Chinese medicine.

Johanna Krumin – Soprano

about who Mikis Theodorakis says: “Johanna sings so that you have to listen. Closer to me as a musician can not anyone be.”*, studied in her hometown of Berlin singing with Prof. Renate Krahmer and Julia Varady (HfM Hanns Eisler).

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During her studies she worked permanently employed in the Rias Kammerchor Berlin.
Stage engagements followed, among others, at the Ruhrtriennale, at someen German theaters, at the Mongolian State Opera Ulan Bator and at the Hamburg State Opera as a cover.
As a concert and oratorio singer Johanna Krumin sang among others. at the Bach Festival Leipzig, the MDR Music Summer, with the Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, the German Chamber Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Octet, the Bach Collegium Berlin, the BSO, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Potsdam Chamber Academy, the New Westphalian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Babelsberg Film Orchestra, the Bratislava Chamber Orchestra, at various European chamber music festivals, in the form of radio concerts and CD recordings.

For the role of Manon/Massenet, she was nominated as the best young singer of the year (Critics Award).
In addition, it comes regularly to artistic-musical cooperation with partners such as the German Bundestag, the Foreign Office of Germany, the Olympic Stadium Berlin, Phase 7 performing art and as a co-trainer with the Leadership Orchestra (in-house trainings).

In addition to regular pedagogical activity, Johanna Krumin followed invitations to lead workshops such as “Le chant – Le Lied” at the German Cultural Week Benin/Africa, invitations to publish an article in the magazine “Forum Kirchenmusik” about text treatment in singing and to give a lecture on the topic “Relationship word and sound in singing”.

Your current song solo CD co-produced by Bayerischer Rundfunk has won the supersonic award record prize.

*(Athener Tagebuch Asteris Kutulas 29.07.2015) 

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz – Violin

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works as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. She has a national and international presence with performances and tours in Europe and Asia. She records for radio, television and recordings. In her projects she likes to combine the different arts and present her concerts.

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz founded two project orchestras, the “neue barockorchester berlin” and the “neue konzertorchester berlin”, which she conducts herself as concertmaster. From 2007 to 2013 she was the artistic director of the “Musikfestival Lüneburger Heide”, and in 2016 she founded “Kulturschlaglicht / Brandenburgische Kulturfestspiele in Schlösser und Gärten”, a festival that combines musical performances with light and sound design, lectures and guided tours of the historic sites with their special flair.

She devotes herself intensively to musicology. She is researching the topic “Music in the Special Camps of the Soviet Occupation Forces 1945 – 1950 on German Soil”. It is her great concern to revive the music created and performed there and its background in lectures, performances and recordings and to bring it to mind in a lasting way. In close cooperation with the composer Kurt Hauschild, Anna Barbara Kastelewicz worked out the interpretation of his works, created an annotated catalog of works and an edition of his 8th string quartet “Jan Palach”.

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz is active as a lecturer at colleges of music. The native
Berlin native lives as a freelance artist in Berlin.


© Fotos: Jens Rötzsch/J.Krumin/ M.Knickriem