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Update 23.09.2018 – Photo of the CONCERT: Nika Afazel and Antonios Selemidis present works by Franz Schubert and Frédéric Chopin on the piano

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Nika Afazel played in the concert the Schubert Sonata No. 20 in A major D 959, which he composed in 1828, ie in his year of death. It belongs to a trilogy (D958 and D960) of sonatas and they all have a thematic relationship.
In order to play this work by Schubert you need not only technical skill, but also inner maturity to feel the piece in all its facets and to do justice to the piece musically and sonically in its interpretation. Nika Afazel succeeded in doing so without any doubt and she brought the sonata to life in a very expressive manner, technically sound and full of tonal climaxes.
Antonios Selemidis dedicated the second half of the concert to Chopin and played the very famous Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor op.35. He was also able to convince everyone in the audience with his sovereignty on the piano in terms of technique and musical design. Everyone listended devoutly to the third movement “Marche funèbre” (the “funeral march”), which created a “deathly silence” among the audience. He, too, had consistently grown into the sonata of Chopin and delivered a wonderful musical interpretation of the work. As always, the “Kaps” grand piano of 1875 lay an excellent ground work for the interpretation by these two wonderful musicians.

A fantastic concert, which rewarded the audience with a lot of applause!

Dear friends of music,

This Saturday you will hear the two highly talented students Nika Afazel and Antonios Selemidis from the class of Prof. Sheila Arnold.
Nika Afazel, who has already impressed visitors with her appearance in the music studio, comes from Iran and has been studying the piano in Germany since she was 18 years old. She has already won numerous prizes in her homeland and has already appeared solo and in ensembles. In the meantime, she is also a winner of the Rhein-Ruhr Song Duo Competition 2017, the Chance Festival in Munich 2018, she won the Baldowski Prize in Baldham 2018 and the Gourani Academy Prize in Munich 2018. It will certainly be exciting to hear her further progress on the piano!
Antonios Selemidis was born in Greece. He also started playing the piano in his younger childhood and won numerous prizes, which helped him early on to perform in renowned concert halls. He is a scholarship holder of the Spanish Foundation “Mundo en Armonia” and since 2017 he completes his Master of Music in Germany under the direction of Prof. Sheila Arnold.


22 September 2018

5 pm

Blücherstraße 14
53115 Bonn


Nika Afazel plays

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Piano sonata in A Major, D.959

I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo. Allegretto


Antonios Selemidis plays

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Piano sonata No. 2 in B flat Minor, op.35

I. Grave. Doppio movimento
II. Scherzo
III. Marche funèbre: Lento
IV. Finale. Presto. Sotto voce e legato

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Nika Afazel

Foto: Nadine Targiel

Nika Afazel wurde 1994 in Teheran geboren. Mit 5 Jahren erhielt sie ihren ersten Klavierunterricht von Hamidreza Rezayi. Im Jahr 2005 wurde sie im Iran an der Fachoberschule für Musik in die Klavierklasse des bekannten Pianisten Gagik Babayan aufgenommen.
Mit 15 Jahren gewann sie den ersten Preis des Musikschulwettbewerbs. Es folgten weitere Festivals und Preise. Im Jahre 2011 absolvierte sie ihren Schulabschluss und trat danach als Künstlerin mit wechselnden Ensembles in Erscheinung. Mit 18 Jahren kam sie nach Deutschland und wurde an der Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in der Klasse von Prof. Jacob Leuschner aufgenommen. Meisterkurse bei Alexander Lonquich, Claudio Martinez Mehner und Alan Weiss ergänzten ihre Klavierausbildung. Weiterhin trat sie sowohl als Solistin als auch im kammermusikalischen Ensembles auf. Zum Wintersemester 2015 hin wechselte sie in die Klasse von Prof. Sheila Arnold. Seit 2016 nimmt sie Liedgestaltungsunterricht bei Prof. Stefan Irmer und trat zum Wintersemster 2017 ihr Liedgestaltungsstudium bei Prof. Ulrich Eisenlohr an.
Des Weiteren ist sie Sonderpreisträgerin des Rhein‐Ruhr‐Liedduowettbewerb 2017, Preisträgerin des Chance Festival in München 2018, Baldowski Preis in Baldham 2018 und Gourani-Akademie Preis in München 2018.

Antonios Selemidis

Foto: Yannis Gutmann

The greek pianist Antonios Selemidis was born in Thessaloniki. At the age of 11 he started to play the piano. He studied with Domna Evnouhidou at the Conservatory “Music College of Thessaloniki” where he had his Diplom with Honors and a special prize due to his remarkable performance. He also received a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Macedonia (class of Igor Petrin).
Antonios has received many prizes in national competitions(solo piano and chamber music).He has performed in many prestigious halls in Greece such as Thessaloniki Megaron Hall, Athens Conservatory, Stavros Niarchos Hall ,etc.
Since October 2017 he is pursuing a Master Degree at the “Hochschule fur Musik und Tanz” in Cologne at the class of Sheila Arnold.

Since 2016 Antonios is member of the greek ensemble “PIANDAEMONIUM” (6 pianos , 12  pianists).

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 October 27, 2018 at 5 pm:
Yin Chiang presents “Bach Meets China – A West-Eastern Sound Journey”
with works by J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Xuntian He, Yi Chen and Peng-Peng Gong


Current exhibition by Stephanie Binding with “Of cities and people”
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


09.09.2018 – Open Day for kids at the Music Studio

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Dear friends of music,

On Sunday, 9th of September, many kids and their parents visited the Music Studio on it’s Open Day!
Here they could learn about various instruments by listening to some students and the teachers playing but also by trying them out for themselves.
Michelle Yen-Howland introduced the kids to the piano, whereas Catheryn Kennedy-Leduc showed them her violin together with Ryan Howland and Natalia Kazakova the cello. It was very funny and interesting to see and hear how those instruments sound, how they look and to learn how the sounds are made by the instruments. Also they showed how those instruments can be played together:

All three instruments together, piano and violin, piano and cello and violin and cello are all a very common lineup for those instruments and they sound just beautiful together! Of course there can also be variations with other instruments and this is so special about making music: to have so many possibilities to express yourself.

Of course there were also funny games being played which were accompanied by music so that everyone had a good time and hopefully the ones who don’t play an instrument yet, may be interested in starting to make music as well!


08.09.2018: VERNISSAGE – Stephanie Binding presents “Of cities and people – Sculptures, paintings and etchings” & concert with the flute and the guitar

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Dear friends of art and music,

On September 8, 2018, the vernissage of the artist Stephanie Binding took place, which presented her exhibition “Of cities and people”. On display are numerous bronze sculptures, which are usually people in everyday situations, such as a walker with his dogs or people sitting on a park bench. Furthermore, there are some sculptures that give the viewer a very special perspective impression, such as the view through a nave. Inspired by Caspar David Friedrich, man finds himself as a tiny figure in it, which emphasizes the suggested size of the building. A really remarkable artistic achievement!
Also on display are etchings and paintings by the artist, which also emphasize the urban landscape. The nature of the motif grants the artist time and again the play with the perspective between the house facades. In the city – a concentrated form of human habitat – the viewer encounters people who chat with each other on park benches, as well as dark corners that one would rather not enter alone at night.
The artist paints or draws not simply from photos. Instead she works a lot with sketches that she makes in everyday life of certain places and people. Otherwise shes sketches from memory and thus uses her personal impression of certain places as a motif for her works. Thus, the viewer finds himself in landscapes, which provide an introspective insight into the idea of ​​Stephanie Binding through the specific composition of individual motifs, which, however, are put into contrast to the motif through the realistic representation, given by the nature of the medium of etching. The painting, in which she uses both acrylic and oil paints, grants the artist completely different freedoms, allowing the impressionistic elements of her work to come to the fore.

Another highlight of the vernissage was the concert of Sophia Aretz (transverse flute) and Jakob Wagner (guitar), who are both studying at the conservatory in Düsseldorf and who already made a name for themselves with their beautiful concerts. Among others, there were pieces by Astor Piazzolla, Jacques Ibert, but also Franz Schubert. If you find the combination of flute and guitar strange, then listening to this duo will teach you an entirely new perspective! The emotional interplay of the two musicians, both of whom know how to combine the uniqueness of their instruments into a whole, left the audience in reverent silence, only interrupted by the applause between the pieces. The timbre of the flute, paired with sometimes insanely fast passages alternated with the impressive sounds of the guitar, which produced a true sound carpet through the great technical and musical skill of the musician.
Added to this were the highly interesting stories that the musicians told about the composers and their works, giving the listener a good mix between ecstatic sounds and informative content.
It will certainly be exciting to follow the further path of those two young musicians and I would recommend anyone to listen to this duo once!

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Dear friends of music and art,

I would like to invite you to the new exhibition “Of cities and people – sculptures, paintings and etchings” by Stephanie Binding.
As the title suggests, Stephanie Binding is dedicated to the urban landscape and with her paintings, drawings and bronze figures, which give an introspective insight into the face of a living space dominated by monumental architectural structures. But not everything is dark: Light and darkness, isolation and loud laughter go from street corner to street corner and thus the viewer is confronted with a realistic, if impressive, portrayal of the urban living space.
Born in Aachen in 1978, the artist first studied architecture until she decided in 2000 to devote herself fully to art by studying sculpture at the HfK Bremen under Prof. Altenstein. Among other things, she received an Erasmus scholarship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and participated in the master class for graphics and printing techniques under Prof. Damisch, before she graduated in 2007 with a degree at the HfK Bremen. In addition, she became a master student of Prof. Altenstein and since 2008 she is an Artistic Assistant at the Department of Visual Design at RWTH Aachen University. Since 2015 she works in her studio in Kettenis, Belgium.
Since 2006 Stephanie Binding has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, ia. in Aachen, Karlsruhe, Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin, Maastricht and Salzburg. Some works can also be visited in public spaces. She designed a group of figures for the Morgenstern Museum in Bremerhaven, a Tondo Odyssey quay in Vegesack and 2 facade figures for the City Hall of Cologne.

As always, this exhibition opening will begin with a classical concert. Sophia Aretz and Jakob Wagner play works by Franz Schubert, Astor Piazzolla, Maura Giuliani, Máximo Diego Pujol, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mike Mower and Jacques Ibert on the flute and the guitar. A musical experience that you should not miss!

8 September 2018

Musikstudio und Galerie: Gabriele Paqué
Blücherstraße 14
53115 Bonn

Gallery opens at 3 pm                                  The artist is present

3:30 pm: classical concert

with Sophia Aretz on the flute and Jakob Wagner on the guitar. Admission free – donation requested!
Further information can be found below.

Interview with the artist at 5 pm

Afterwards tour with the artist through the exhibition

Works of the exhibition



Stephanie Binding

  • Foto von Jennifer Rumbach

    born in 1978 in Aachen

  • 1998 High School diploma
  • 1999-00 Studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen
  • 2000 Study of Sculpture, class Prof. Altenstein, HfK Bremen
  • 2005-06 Erasmus scholarship at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
  • Masterclass for graphics and printing techniques, Prof. Damisch
  • 2007 Diploma at the HfK Bremen
  • 2008 master student of Prof. Altenstein
  • since 2008 Artistic Assistant at the Department of Visual Design, RWTH Aachen University
  • since 2015 studio in Kettenis, Belgium


Selection of solo exhibitions until today

  • 2010 Merk Fink und Partner, Aachen
  • 2010 „Radierungen“ BBK Galerie Aachen
  • 2010 „Menschenbilder“ Kunstverein Osterholz, Osterholz mit Annegret Kon
  • 2011 „Rencontre“, Galerie Gavriel, Bremen mit Annegret Kon
  • 2011 Wagner Kunstmanagment, Hamburg
  • 2011 Modern Art Gallery Karlsruhe
  • 2012 Galerie Incontro, Eitorf
  • 2013 Kulturverein Burscheid
  • 2014 Neuhauser Kunstmühle, Salzburg

Selection of group exhibitions until today

  • 2013 Art Karlsruhe Neuhauser Kunstmühle, Salzburg
  • 2013 „Skulptur und Skizze“ BBK Galerie, Aachen
  • 2013 “Faszination Kunst” , Abdij Rolduc, Kerkrade
  • 2013 „Full Hause“ Galerie Heidefeld und Partner, Krefeld
  • 2013 „KuBo Show“ Herne
  • 2013 „Druckgrafik“ Neuhauser Kunstmühle, Salzburg
  • 2014 Kunstroute Weser-Göhl, Maison art Pütz, Montzen, Belgien
  • 2014 KunstTour 2014, 15. Maastricht Art Weekend, Maastricht, Niederlande
  • 2014 „Stolberg goes Euregio“. Burggalerie Stolberg
  • 2014 „Parkraum internationale Skulpturenmesse“, Düren
  • 2015 Artibus Ausstellung, Burg Stolberg

Works in public space:

  • Group of figures for the Morgenstern Museum, Bremerhaven
  • Tondo to the Odyssey Quay wall, Vegesack
  • 2 façade figures, City Hall Cologne


3:30 pm

Sophia Aretz and Jakob Wagner


Máximo Diego Pujol (*1957)
Suite Buenos Aires

–  Pompeya
–  Palermo

Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)
Duo concertant, op. 25

– Andantino moderato
– Thème avec variations

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Sonate für Arpeggione, D. 821

– Allegro moderato

Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
Histoire du Tango

– Café 1930
– Nightclub 1960

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895 – 1968)

– Tempo di Siciliana

Mike Mower (*1958)
Suite for Flute and Guitar

– Finale

Jacques Ibert (1890 – 1962)

Admission free. A donation for the musicians is requested!


Sophia Aretz, born 1996 in Mönchengladbach, studied flute with Prof. André Sebald. In the field of flute, piano and harpsichord, she has received numerous scholarships from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Lyra Foundation, as well as annual scholarships from the Bürgerstiftung Düsseldorf as part of the Deutschlandstipendium. In addition to special prizes awarded by the Gretel-Sütterlin Foundation, the Jugend & Schlösser Foundation and the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, she received the first prize five times at the national competition “Jugend musiziert”. On an international level, she received 2nd prize at the flute festival at Adams in the Netherlands and a 1st prize at the flute festival ensemble competition in Freiburg with a flute ensemble. In addition to a scholarship and multiple special prizes, in 2015 the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben organized and financed a concert tour to Luxembourg with its wind quintet “Molto Vento”. Currently, she is again the recipient of the Deutschlandstipendium 2017/18. Since 2017 she is a member of the Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie, which ia. debuted in the Elbphilharmonie.
Jakob Wagner, born in 1994 in Starnberg, received his first guitar lessons from Peter Jermer at the Municipal Music School Starnberg. He received in-depth teaching in 2011 at the International Guitar Academy Koblenz. In 2013 he began studying at the Leopold Mozart Center of the University of Augsburg under Takeo Sato, before being admitted to the class of Prof. Alexander Sergei-Ramirez at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf in 2014. He completes his training through regular masterclasses with Marco Tamayo, Ricardo Gallen, Paco Pena, Aniello Desiderio, Roland Dyens, Carlo Marchione, Franz Halasz, Judicael Perroy, Matteo Mela, Bill Kanengiser. Jakob Wagner is Youth Musician Federal Prize winner and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now scholarship holder. In 2016 he received the PROMOS scholarship for the International Guitar Festival in Havana, Cuba. He was also the recipient of the Deutschlandstipendium 2016/17. Since winter semester 2016, Jakob Wagner has been studying English, American and German studies at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. For the season 2016/17 he received an engagement at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. In 2017 he won 3rd prize at the international Hannabach Guitar Competition in Augsburg. In the winter term 2017/18 he studied an Erasmus semester with Prof. Gérard Abiton in Paris.


I am looking forward to your coming!

Gabriele Paqué


Note on parking!
There are more parking places available in Bonn-Poppelsdorf, approximately 10 minutes by foot.


The next concert will take place on  22 September 2018 at 5 pm:
Nika Afazel and Antonios Selemidis play on the piano
works by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms