A remarkable program could be heard, with works by Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, Carl Maria von Weber, Friedrich Kuhlau, Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Jacobi and Hans Sommer, committed and well interpreted by high-ranking musicians such as Manuel Fischer-Dieskau, violoncello; Babette Hierholzer, piano; the brothers Sebastian, Michael and Nikolaus Römisch, Hartmut Rohde, viola; Elisabeth Groß, violin; Detlef Bensmann, saxophone; Lydie Römisch, harp, and many other colleagues. Presenters Isabelle Bhuiyan and Désirée von Delft led through the varied program, which also included a sketch and an insight into the “room music” that Trantow loved so much.
The large audience was given an impressive look back at the work of Rüdiger Trantow from the keynote speech by Prof. Christian Höppner, who presented his former colleague with the following words: “Rüdiger Trantow is exemplary in his local work with his commitment at national and international level Connected on a level and viewed as a unit: for example, as the long-time director of the music school and the Steglitz art office, as a pioneer and companion of the youth music competitions at all federal levels, as the state chairman of the Association of German Music Schools and as a musician and pedagogue. ‘When the others are celebrating’ in ZDF, ‘Sociable music-making’ in the SFB or the ‘Concerts of Young Soloists’ in the Philharmonie were fascinating meeting points with him for me too. He was ahead of his time if he wanted to make the whole range of musical diversity accessible to everyone – from the very beginning and for a lifetime: in the tradition of Leo Kestenberg and Fritz Jöde and in the spirit of what was only legally binding in 2005 UNESCO-Convention for the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Diversity, which did not exist when he was in office.
Whether Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Gershwin or Hans Sommer: Rüdiger Trantow cavorted on the concert podiums with his Steglitzer Chamber Orchestra, the room music and many other ensembles. He opened up the wide world of music to countless people and ignited it for making music together – true to Augustine’s conviction: ‘Only those who burn themselves can ignite others’. Music shaped and accompanied him all his life. Bringing young people close to the wide world of music in all its diversity from the very beginning and for a lifetime was both a mission and a fulfillment for him. “
An impressive evening in every respect, one that we hope that this commitment to music will become a model for many.