Author: Eric Kohlmann

Terracotta Warriors Group, Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California

‘Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century’ by Gideon Rachman

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Books, Politics
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This is a book I’ve been quite excited to read. I follow Gideon Rachman’s columns in the Financial Times and posts on Twitter regularly as he is one of the eminent foreign policy journalists today. Of course, he is also a Western journalist so even though he has travelled through most parts of the world and lived … Read More →

Outside the European Parliament. Here, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union on October 12, 2012, an institution currently wracked by crisis but credited with bringing more than a half century of peace to a continent ripped apart by World War II. (AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORIN)

Brexit, the Threat to European Peace and a Lack of Human Ambition

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Politics
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Brexit – It seems like no-one expected this to happen despite the various pre-referendum polls that put the odds of a Leave win at about 50%. The financial markets priced Brexit in with about a 10% probability. Then, just before the ballots started to be counted, the pound went up against the dollar, David Cameron … Read More →

Joshua Bell with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, at David Geffen Hall. Credit: Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

César Franck’s Sonata in A Major

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Performances
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Every now and then there are those memorable moments. In late March, I was invited to a such a very special musical evening in New York. The day after the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major (Op.35) at David Geffen Hall, there was a small cocktail reception at the … Read More →

The abandoned Jewish cemetery of Diespeck, Germany.

Thoughts on Europe and the ‘Migrant Crisis’

Posted by on Feb 6, 2016 in Politics
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Born in 1990, I grew up in a world that was growing ever-closer with unprecedented speed. Every day as a teen when I opened the newspaper I would sure enough find yet another step towards a unifying world. International trade was mostly flourishing, visa-free travel was introduced across more and more countries and the EU … Read More →

The Bach Collegium Japan was founded in 1990 by Masaaki Suzuki. Photo credit:

Teleporting Bach – The Japan Bach Collegium in NYC

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Performances
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Originally, I had planned on publishing this post right after the actual concert on November 7th at Zankel Hall (part of Carnegie Hall, NYC). As it often happens I had to shelve it until now – when I am finally stuck on a plane for 12 hours and due to the simply unfathomable fact that … Read More →

Lessing and Lavater as guests in the home of Moses Mendelssohn. Painting by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim 1856

Moses Mendelssohn and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing by Vera Forester

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Books
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Spoiler alert – this book is currently only available in German. This book on the not-so-well-known story of a great friendship that developed between Moses Mendelssohn and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, two giants of the Enlightenment period, had a great impact on me. Beyond their fascinating correspondences and meetings, their very connection and lives themselves symbolise … Read More →

David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center – Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Performances

Having just returned home from David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, I had to take a few moments to relax. One doesn’t simply come home after a Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto and goes about daily business. Tonight’s program started off with The Isle of the Dead, which Rachmaninoff wrote with inspiration from the work of a … Read More →