Dear Friend -
This time, musical greetings are from Germany. We first met Barbara and Sebastian in 2013 for the Dranoff 2 Piano Competition, when I was fortunate to host them, as well as their little son, Elias, and Barbara’s mother Marianne, who looked after him.
Duo imPuls won the Bronze Prize, plus other categories including the Audience Choice Award and Best Performance of the Commissioned Work. They have returned to Miami several times, including an excursion further south for a Latin American tour. (Including Elias and Marianne.) They had established their Duo imPuls just prior to the Competition and since then have built great successes with exciting programs that include Sebastian's own compositions for a special very personal statement.
They live in Stuttgart, where they were joined a few years ago by another son, Noah. “In these crazy days, we are very happy to have our beloved children and the music to feed our souls.”
Feeding our bodies and nourishing our souls. As this pandemic continues to roll through the world and its tentacles affect all of us in all manners, itt is increasingly challenging to remain positive, were it not for the dedication of those committed to persevering in their arts and especially in music. I, for one, am deeply grateful for their “food for our souls” and I invite you to partake, and to support.
The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation