Back in 1998, the pianist Elena Bashkirova set up the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, now one of Israel’s premier cultural events. This festival, which brings together musicians from different countries and of different religions, is a symbol of integration and sets an example for tolerance and understanding between the different cultures.
Since 2012, the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival has been hosted by the Jewish Museum Berlin under the name "intonations". Together with international soloists and outstanding musicians from orchestras such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic, young talented performers and exceptional musicians play at five or six recitals.
Evonik has sponsored the chamber music festival since it first came to Berlin. "Creativity thrives on tensions and contradictions. It is the very ability to link things to other things in different ways time and again that brings new things into the world," said Dr. Klaus Engel, Chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik. What applies to Evonik as a creative industrial group also applies to "intonations". For this reason, every year a place on the festival program is kept for a young composer to premier a composition. And, in addition to familiar 19th and 20th century works as well as contemporary compositions, the program frequently features rediscoveries of unjustly forgotten musicians.
This year, a varied program has once again been put together for audiences with two areas of focus: First, the festival will trace the effects of World War I on 20th century music, and, second, it will be dedicated to the work of Richard Strauss, who was born 150 years ago this year.