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Update 05.05.2019 – Photos of the CONCERT and READING: Spring Feelings – Music with reading from the “Kreutzer Sonata” by Tolstoy. The Duo Sis presents works by Beethoven for violin and piano.

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  • Published Wednesday April 24th, 2019
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Spring Feelings – Music with reading from the “Kreutzer Sonata” by Tolstoy

Dear Friends of Music and Literature,

On May 4, 2019, the duo Sis, consisting of the sisters Huei Chiang (violin) and Yin Chiang (piano) played two works by Ludwig van Beethoven. As a motive for this concert, they chose the transition into the spring, which seems, for now, to have yet to decide when he is coming.
Thus, it was not surprising that the famous Spring Sonata was first on the program, whose first movement everyone should be familiar with, even though the name might be unknown. If you suspect that two sisters can play together beautifully, then you are absolutely right! The dynamics of the two instruments were well balanced right to the last rows, so that neither player overshadowed the other. Yin and Huei Chiang played this concert full of fervor and devotion, which sent several shivers over the listeners back during the fast passages, which both musicians played masterfully and musically excellent, whereas the calm passages sent the listener into an imaginary blooming garden.
However, the program was not limited to a concert alone. The two musicians were accompanied by a reading by Dr. Marc Herrmann with the passages from the “Kreutzer Sonata” by Lev Nikolajewitsch Tolstoi, who based this tale on the eponymous composition by Beethoven, which was composed almost a century earlier. The story describes a man who out of jealousy murders his wife. But it should not be so tragic in this concert. After the first movement from the Spring Sonata, Marc Hermann took the floor and gave the protagonist of the narrative a great deal of empathy. It soon became clear that this person was somebody who had a very staid attitude, even for those days. At the same time, however, it is visibly difficult for him to act in accordance with his own moral standards, blaming his “corrupt” environment for his behaviour. So all the ladies he met were not innocent and pure enough for this gentleman until he thought he had finally found the right one. The three remaining movements of the Spring Sonata followed, and the listener might wonder how such a person as the protagonist could be associated with these lively and positive feelings.
After the intermission the first movement of the Kreutzer Sonata by Beethoven immediately followed and it’s wild temperament impressively aroused the mind of the listener. Between the two other movements, Marc Herrmann once again lent the protagonist his words, who spent at least as much energy on his revulsion against the said sonata that dared to put the listener in such a mood. After all, music must fulfill a purpose, such as dancing or marching. But music without purpose and peppered with emotions – that’s really unheard of! And so it especially displeased this gentleman that just his wife, who incidentally also played the piano, now also regularly rehearsed together with a professional violinist, for example also the said Kreutzer-Sonata. While the protagonist presented himself as extremely polite and courteous towards the musician, he imagines how his formerly pure wife is subject to the scheming seductions of this musician. Hearing this was especially funny, since Marc Herrmann addressed these accusations towards Yin Chiang who also happens to be his real wife.
Yin and Huei Chiang presented together with Dr. Marc Hermann a wonderful program, with which they truly understood to awaken spring feelings in their audience. Especially the eccentric nature of the protagonist in Tolstoy’s story gave the whole event a cheerful note. With their second concert in the music studio, the two musicians again fully convinced the audience of their abilities, while the Kaps-Flügel from 1875 and the violin from the beginning of the 20th century perfectly reproduced the timbre of these compositions.

Dear friends of music and literature,

Today there is once again an extraordinary concert combining Beethoven’s music with the literature of L.N. Tolstoy. The Duo Sis, consisting of Yin Chiang (piano) and Huei Chiang (violin) is performing for the second time in the music studio, after it celebrated its first very successful appearance in the music studio in 2017. The literary design of the program will be carried out by Dr. Marc Hermann. The focal point of this evening is the Kreutzer Sonata by Beethoven, which also  Tolstoy dedicated himself to in literary terms.
Beethoven composed the sonata in 1803, initially titled “Sonata per il Pianoforte ed uno violino obligato in un stile molto concertante come d ‘ un concerto”. He dedicated the sonata to George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower (1778 – 1860), a star violinist with African and German roots from Poland who lived in England. Beethoven and Bridgetower got to know each other when they performed together in Vienna in 1803 and Beethoven must have been very enthusiastic about his abilities. The dedication reads “Sonata mulattica composta per il mulatto Brischdauer [Bridgetower], gran pazzo e compositore mulattico” (mulatto sonata, composed for the mulatto Brischdauer, a great madman and mulactic composer).
The 1889 published novel by Tolstoy is an argument for the ideal of sexual abstinence and an in-depth first-person description of jealous rage. The main character, Pozdnyshev, relates the events leading up to his killing his wife: in his analysis, the root causes for the deed were the “animal excesses” and “swinish connection” governing the relation between the sexes.
Also on the program is the so-called Spring Sonata by Beethoven, which he composed in 1801. It was dedicated to Count Moritz von Fries, a patron to whom Beethoven also dedicated two other works of the same year – the String Quintet in C major and the Fourth Violin Sonata – as well as his later Seventh Symphony.

So look forward to the musical entrance to spring, full of wild passion and zest for life!

Saturday, 4th of May 2019

5 pm

Blücherstraße 14
53115 Bonn


Reading (in German): The Kreutzer-Sonata by Tolstoy

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 (Spring Sonata)

1. Allegro
2. Adagio molto espressivo
3. Scherzo: Allegro molto
4. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Violin Sonata No. 9 A Major, Op. 47 (Kreutzer-Sonata)

1. Adagio sostenuto – Presto
2. Andante von Variazioni
3. Finale. Presto

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The Duo Sis

Yin and Huei Chiang are two sisters that grew up with the same musical education, studying first at the eliteschool in Taipei and later in the University “Mozarteum” in Salzburg. Although they often played together during their childhood, their first formal performance took place in the Lucerne Festival Academy in 2006. Since then they have undertaken many concert tours together throughout China and Taiwan.

Yin Chiang was born in Taipei, Taiwan, where she received her first piano lessons at the age of 4. Before moving to Europe in 1995 she attended specialist music schools in Taipei. She then continued her piano studies at the University “Mozarteum” in Salzburg with Peter Lang and Hans Leygraf, where she gained the title “Magistra Artium”. Subsequently, she studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Musikhochschule in Cologne graduating with the “Konzertexamen” for chamber and contemporary music.
Her first solo performance with orchestra took place when she was 11 years old, in a tour throughout Taiwan. At the age of 16 she performed in a tour in China. Since then she has performed in many European countries as a piano soloist and chamber musician with, amongst others, the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie, the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, the Salzburger Musici Quartet, the E.T.A.Hoffmann Trio, the Cologne Vocalsoloists, the Duo Ensemble Présence, the Ensemble Garage, the Ensemble 20/21, the Ensemble DuoPlus, the Artwork Ensemble and the Gunnar Berg Ensemble. Moreover, she was invited to the International Ensemble Modern Academy, Klangspuren festival (both Austria), Lucerne festival Academy (Switzerland), Acanthes festival (France), Temporada Avuimúsica festival (Barcelona), the New Music Week (Shanghai), the Hörfest (Germany), Music with innovative Expressions (Taipei), China Time Festival(Hamburg). In 2002 she made her debut in the prestigious Mozartwoche festival in Salzburg playing the world-premiere of Spencer H. Shedler’s “Refraction” for piano solo. She was engaged as both, a pianist and music director responsible for two contemporary opera productions at the Kammeroper Köln (Cologne Chamber Opera). These were “Die Edelweißpiraten” by Snezana Nesic in the season 2007/08 as well as  “Weiße Rose” by Udo Zimmermann in the season 2008/09.
Yin Chiang has received scholarships from the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, the Gisela and Erich Andreas foundation in Berlin and the NRW Arts Foundation in Germany. Her performances of works for solo piano by Luciano Berio have been broadcasted in Italian television, and many of her live performances have been broadcasted by radio companies such as Ö1, DRS2, WDR, and the “Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique“ (IRCAM).
The focus of her artistic work is contemporary music, demonstrated by her collaboration with Ensemble Modern, Ensemble InterContemporain, and Pierre Boulez, as well as with various composers, such as György Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Marco Stroppa, Toshio Hosokawa, and Matthias Pintscher, only to mention a few. Since 2008 she has regularly given concerts and masterclasses about contemporary music at different music universities in China and Taiwan.
In 2006 she was granted the Austrian citizenship. From 2011 to 2012 she taught in the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2012 she founded the C-Camerata, Ensemble for the contemporary music in Taipei. From 2013 to 2015 she translated the whole book of C.P.E. Bach’s “Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen”. In 2015 she recorded the CD “C.P.E. Bach: 8 Sonatas for the Keyboard”.

Photographer: Shirley Suarez

Born in 1980 in Taipei, Taiwan, Huei Chiang received her first piano lessons at the age of four, and a year later began studying the violin. She attended specialist music schools and won piano and violin prizes in Taipei’s Competitions.
Following her graduation from the Affiliated Junior High School of the National Taiwan University in 1996, she moved to Austria in order to continue her studies with Maestro Ruggiero Ricci and his assistant Chris Nicholls at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. She attended masterclasses with Viktor Pikaizen and Mauricio Fuchs, studied chamber music with the Hagen Quartet and performed as a member of the Leopold Mozart Orchester in Austria and in Germany.
In 1999 she accepted a position as a first violinist in the Orquestra de Cambra de L’Empordà (Spain), at the same time as completing her studies in Austria. A year later, she graduated having attained the first Diploma with Distinction.
From 1999 to 2011, Huei Chiang lived in Spain, performing with the Orquestra de Cambra de L’Empordà. Since 2002, she was assistant concertmaster of the same orchestra, and also of the Orquestra Filharmònica de Catalunya. She performed in this capacity and as soloist throughout Spain and Europe, in the USA, Argentina, Canada, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and China.
She has participated in several international competitions and in 2005, she won the 3rd prize in the International Louise Henriette Competition in Germany, where she was also awarded the loan of an Italian master violin by the Maggini foundation in Switzerland.
In 2006 she was invited to participate in the Lucerne Festival Academy where she worked with members of the Ensemble InterContemporain and performed concerts under the direction of Pierre Boulez in the Lucerne Festival. In 2007, she formed a piano trio in Cologne, Germany, where the trio studied contemporary chamber music repertoire with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard. In November 2010, she collaborated with the Ensemble DuoPlus (Germany) when it was invited to perform in the “3rd New Music Week” Festival at the Shanghai Music conservatory, and to give concerts and masterclasses in China and in Taiwan (Wuhan Conservatory of Music, Changiang University in Jinzhou, Hangzhou Normal University, Forum Auditorium in Taipei, lecture concert in Taipei Municipal University of Education, masterclass in the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University).
Besides music she has also developed a strong interest in yoga practice and philosophy. In 2010 she became a certified yoga teacher, and started presenting her own project “Musica Chakra” throughout Catalonia, which is a special session combining yoga, meditation, and solo violin music by Bach, where she leads the audience as a yoga teacher and also performs as a violinist.
In 2012 she came back to University Mozarteum Salzburg to continue her Master’s degree study with Professor Harald Herzl, and in January 2014 she graduated with Distinction. She has been invited to perform regularly with Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, and has been the guest player of the first violin in the Orquesta de Cadaqués (Barcelona, former conductor Laureate Sir Neville Marriner).
Besides working as an orchestra musician, Chiang is also a member of the C-Camerata Taipei since 2012, an ensemble combining western and eastern instruments in a unique manner and specialises in contemporary music. In 2014 she was invited to perform the Brahms violin concerto with the Knox- Galesburg Symphony in the United States.
Since 2015 Chiang has been the first violin member of the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck. In 2017 she completed the postgraduate study of baroque violin with Hiro Kurosaki at the Mozarteum Salzburg.
As well as playing, Huei has also developed her talent in writing in a very early age, her childhood dreams were to become a musician and a writer. Here you can find her articles about traveling as a professional musician, poems and short stories inspired by everyday life, by her working and playing in an opera house (favorite opera: Turandot, which represents love!) originally written in English, German and Chinese. Enjoy!

I’m looking forward to your visit!

Gabriele Paqué

Note on parking!
Parking spots in Bonn-Poppelsdorf, about a 10 minutes walk from the Blücherstraße!

The next concert takes place on May 18 2019.
Sara De Ascaniis and Georgy Voylochnikov play piano pieces for four hands by F. Schubert, C. Debussy und J. Brahms

Current exhibition by Máro
The gallery is open on Saturdays from 2 – 6 pm.
By appointment, the exhibition can also be visited at other times.
Blücherstr. 14, 53115 Bonn
Telefon: 0228-41076755


Update 07.04.2019 – Photos of the CONCERT: Sheila Arnold (piano) and Guido Schiefen (cello) play works by Brahms

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  • Published Sunday April 7th, 2019
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Photo: Rona Rahbari


Dear friends of music,

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, the concert with Sheila Arnold (piano) and Guido Schiefen (cello) took place. On the program were the only two sonatas by Johannes Brahms, that he had composed solely for these two instruments. Arnold and Schiefen are no strangers in the music scene and so it was not surprising that the studio was filled with highly interested people from near and far. They awaited a wonderful and very entertaining early evening. Brahms wrote the sonatas at intervals of more than 20 years and this was also noticeable in the diversity of the compositions, which of course are both highly emotional works.
Brahms’s first sonata was written at the young age of 29 with and it is believed that his thoughts were with Clara Schumann at that time, a well-known composer and pianist, into whom he had been in love for about 10 years already. More details about the two is unfortunately difficult to find, because only a few documents have been preserved. But Clara was also the wife of Robert Schumann and mother of 7 children. So it could not have been easy for Brahms. Officially, however, the sonata was dedicated to Prof. Josef Gänsbacher, a lawyer and singer who also played the cello. This perhaps unrequited love between Brahms and Schumann means that the listener at least believed to hear the difference between joy and melancholy within the movements. Interestingly, the slow 2nd movement is lost. It is said to have been especially written with thoughts on Clara, but Brahms decided against it’s release and he even refused Clara’s request to audition for her. Since then, the sonata has been considered incomplete.
Brahms wrote the second sonata in 1886 for the famous cellist Robert Hausmann, who had long asked him to write a cello concerto. The sonata is considered a late reply to his 1st Sonata, but it is unmistakably a late work, which is evident, for example, on elements such as the pizzicato inserts in the bass for the cello which he often used during this time. Robert Hausmann was considered a giant, who could also play a correspondingly powerful tone on the cello and this is also noticeable in the composition.
Guido Schiefen, with his over 1.90 meters and his powerful and highly emotional playing, is exactly the right line-up for this. In this concert, he proved to be an outspoken master of this instrument, and the instrument’s deep, soulful bass carried itself like a soft blanket that you want to wrap yourself in on cold days, right into the back of the room. At the same time, his play, which was very differentiated in terms of dynamics, impressed with a sensitivity that was also reflected in the emotions that mirrored in the face of the interpreter. Some musicians maintain a very dramatic display of their music through gestures, but not so Schiefen. It is much more the transmission of the heart through the whole body right into the fingertips, without becoming overbearing. It’s hard not to rave about it!
With Sheila Arnold he found his perfect partner at the piano. Her gentle to powerful playing complemented his play in perfect harmony and kept the balance between the two instruments. Thus, she proved that she is not only an outstanding soloist, but also has a very keen sense of chamber music, in that she knows how to fit into the sound, while still being convincing tonally in her individuality. The grand piano of Ernst Kaps (from 1875 with Erard mechanics) was a very fitting instrument in terms of time and sound, which created a wonderful harmony with the cello, which is even about 100 years older.


Dear lovers of music and art,

Sheila Arnold already had several breathtaking performances in the Musicstudio and thus it is a great pleasure for me that she will play a concert again! But instead of a solo program, this time together with the outstanding cellist Guido Schiefen she presents the only two sonatas by Johannes Brahms that he ever wrote for these two instruments: The Cello Sonata No. 1 and 2!
Brahms composed the first sonata between 1862 and 1865, in his young age of 29, and the second one in 1886, which was first published in 1887. He dedicated the first sonata to Josef Gänsbacher, who was a professor of singing and a lay musician on the cello. The accompanying words to the sonata are: “The piano should be a partner – often a leading, often a watchful and considerate partner – but it should under no circumstances assume a purely accompanying role.” The second sonata is dedicated to Robert Hausmann, a famous cellist who had popularised the first sonata. Together with Joseph Joachim he had the great honor of playing the world premiere of the second sonata.

Immerse yourself in this wonderful music of romance!

Saturday, 6 April 2019

5 pm

Musikstudio & Galerie: Gabriele Paqué
Blücherstraße 14

53115 Bonn


Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegretto quasi menuetto
3. Allegro


Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99
1. Allegro vivace
2. Adagio affetuoso
3. Allegro passionato
4. Allegro molto

Entry: 18,- € / 10,- € red.

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Photo: Marion Koell

 “Wondrous timbre enchantment and variegated colors, paired with masterful touch and phrasing.” SWR2 Klassikmarkt

Without exception, this is the most eloquent, poignant, and revelatory Schubert piano playing I can remember ever hearing.” FANFARE 2017​

Sheila Arnold belongs to a generation of pianists who feel as much at home on the modern concert grand as on the fortepiano: the symbiotic feedback between the two instruments never ceases to inspire her. Her repertoire spans keyboard music ranging from the 1700’s to world premieres of contemporary music.
Very early on, her triumph as a finalist at the Clara Haskil Competition in 1995 and the Mozart Prize awarded by the Wiesbaden Mozart Society at the Salzburg International Mozart Competition reflect her special affinity with that composer: Sheila Arnold’s Mozart renditions have always been euphorically acclaimed by reviewers and audiences worldwide.
Ms. Arnold studied under the guidance of Heidi Köhler and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, and went on to garner a considerable number of first prizes and successes at German and international competitions. She was also selected for a series of scholarships and awards, leading to extensive worldwide appearances since her youth. Many of them were recorded for radio and television broadcast, as well as on CD.
Renowned music festivals have invited Ms. Arnold to perform in Europe and the US. She has collaborated with well-known orchestras such as Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Bonn Beethovenhalle and Prague Chamber Orchestra, and with conductors such as Jesús López Cobos, Marc Soustrot, and Michael Hofstetter. Her chamber music partners include the likes of Nina Janssen, Sergio Azzolini, Wilhelm Bruns, Ralf Manno, Guido Schiefen, Michael Faust, Isabelle Faust, Alexander-Sergei Ramírez, the Mandelring Quartet, and many others. Inspiring encounters and collaborations with renowned musician colleagues have taken place at Festivals such as the Spannungen Chamber Music Festival (Heimbach) or the Music Festival in Hambach (Neustadt).
Sheila Arnold’s previous CD with works by Brahms and Schumann was released in 2010 and featured as a CHOC selection in Classica, the French classical music magazine. Her latest CD recording on Franz Schubert has been highly acclaimed by leading critics.
The next CD “Écoutez!” is going to be released in Spring 2018 and will be dedicated to the works of Claude Debussy, Toru Takemitsu and John Cage. In 2006 Ms. Arnold was appointed piano professor at Cologne Musikhochschule. She is frequently invited as member of national and international piano competitions and gives regular masterclasses.

Many of her students have won prizes and scholarships at national and international competitions.

Photo: Mark Thompson

“…I do not hesitate to say that he is the most phenomenally gifted cellist I have ever heard…“This is an excerpt of a recommendation letter from the legendary piano Professor Peter Feuchtanger (London), which he wrote after listening to 14 year old Guido Schiefen‘s cello performance.
After a promising debut as a violin player Guido Schiefen very soon fell in love with the cello. As a result of good progress he became first prize winner of several youth competitions (1st prize Bundeswettbewerb “Jugend musiziert“ 1980) and at the age of twelve he joined the Musikhochschule Köln as a “young student“ of his teacher Prof. Alwin Bauer. Besides that he was inspired by additional lessons with Maurice Gendron and Siegfried Palm.
Already at young age he was performing on stage as a soloist and chamber musician. After finishing school (Abitur 1987) he continued his fulltime studies in Cologne. During that time he was engaged for the first time to several radio and television productions as well as CD recordings.
As winner of the Köln Hochschulwettbewerb he received a scholarship by the German “Studienstiftung“. In 1990 (at the age of 22) he became a prizewinner in Moscow at the 9th Int. Tschaikowsky competition. Soon after that he was awarded the young artists promotion prize of the country Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine Westphalia). He was invited to perform in International music festivals like Bachwoche Ansbach, Davos, Rheingau Musikfestival, Echternach / Luxemburg ,Saga / Japan etc.
Ever since he has been performing worldwide in renowned concert halls with orchestras like WDR Köln, Bamberger Symphoniker, Festival Strings Lucerne, Berliner Symphoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London among others. In Duo Recitals and other chamber music formations he performed with pianists like Günter Ludwig, Pavel Gilov, Olaf Dressler and Alfredo Perl Additionally he was a member of the “Ensemble Incanto“ playing in concerts worldwide.
Guido Schiefen’s repertoire obtains the essential standard masterpieces of the cello repertoire as well as more unknown works of less famous composers from different epoques. Some of these pieces have been published for Tonger (Köln), Schott (Mainz), Peters (Leipzig) among others. Quite a big part of it has been recorded on more than 30 CDs during the last three decades for companies like Arte Nova, Oehms Classics, cpo, Darbringhaus & Grimm. Most of these recordings have been reviewed enthusiastically and thus have established Guido Schiefen’s reputation as one of his generation’s leading cellists.
Recently Guido Schiefen appeared on the CD market with two new recordings: the complete works for cello and piano by Max Reger (with pianist Jacob Leuschner, for Oehms Classics) and “Schumannia“ (the standard pieces for cello and piano plus song transcriptions) with pianist Markus Kreul (for Dabringhaus & Grimm). As a result of “Schumannia“ Markus Kreul and Guido Schiefen were rewarded as “Schumann ambassadors“ and became members of the board of artists of the Schumann Forum Bonn in 2017.
Guido Schiefen is a very passionate cello teacher as well. Since many years he has been teaching masterclasses in Germany, the United States, Hungary and other countries on a regular basis. In September 2008 he was appointed as cello teacher at the Hochschule Luzern – Musik. In 2009 he was awarded the title “Professor“ . Since 2000 Guido Schiefen is artistic director of the “Klassik-Bühne Rhein-Sieg“.

I am looking forward to your visit!

Gabriele Paqué

Note on parking!
Parking spots in Bonn-Poppelsdorf, about a 10 minutes walk from the Blücherstraße!

The next concert will take place on 04. May 2019 at 5pm
Spring Feelings: Music with reading from the “Kreutzer Sonata” by Tolstoy. The Duo Sis presents works by Beethoven for violin and piano

Current exhibition by Máro
The gallery is open on saturdays between 14 and 18 pm.
After telephonic agreement the gallery can also be visited at other times.
Blücherstr. 14, 53115 Bonn
Phone: 0228-41076755


06.04.2019 – VIDEO of the vernissage of Máro now online

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  • Published Saturday April 6th, 2019
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Dear friends of music and art,

Today the video of the vernissage of Máro was released. A great memory of a beautiful day!

Video of the vernissage


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Current exhibition by Máro
The gallery is open on saturdays between 14 and 18 pm.
After telephonic agreement the gallery can also be visited at other times.
Blücherstr. 14, 53115 Bonn
Phone: 0228-41076755