Concert at the Erbdrostenhof

As part of the 32nd German Oriental Studies Conference (DOT) you will have the opportunity to experience an extraordinary and unprecedented concert in the ballroom of the baroque Erbdrostenshof. The baritone Benjamin Appl and the pianist Jonathan Ware will join us in Münster for an evening of song with accents of both east and west. The artists have assembled a program especially for the DOT, bringing together songs from Goethe’s West-östlichem Divan along with Chinese, Persian, and Hebrew poetry, set to music by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel, and other composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


Tickets are available for 20 € (reduced price 15 €) during conference registration, and before then from the secretary of the Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies, Schlaunstr.2, 48143 Münster, Tel. 83 2 45 71. Requests for tickets may be sent to

Artist information

Benjamin Appl

Accompanied by Graham Johnson, Benjamin Appl made his debut at Schubertiade Hohenems in 2013 with whom he performs regularly: at deSingel in Antwerp, Piano Festival Ruhr and London’s Wigmore Hall. The baritone has made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic singing lieder by Mahler, at the Ravinia Festival as well as at the International Festival Heidelberger Frühling singing Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, followed by his debut at Rheingau Musik Festival with Wolf’s Italian Songbook.

The lyric baritone has a concert repertoire ranging from early works up to contemporary compositions. He performed Handel’s Messiah in Paris and Sevilla, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen on a tour of Germany, as well as cantatas by Bach in Stuttgart and Mozart’s Coronation Mass in Berlin. He sang the opening concert of the Days of Early Music Regensburg accompanied by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

Benjamin Appl has sung a wide ranging operatic repertoire. He was accompanied by members of the Bavarian State Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic, by the Munich Rundfunkorchester, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla and Staatskapelle Berlin and worked with conductors including Michael Hofstetter, Christoph Poppen, Helmuth Rilling, Julien Salemkour and Ulf Schirmer.

Benjamin Appl made his acclaimed debut at Berlin’s State Opera ‘Unter den Linden’ in 2011 singing Baron Tusenbach in a new production of Eötvös’s Tri Sestri, followed by The King in Orff’s The Story of the King and the Clever Young Woman at the Carl Orff-Festival Andechs. At Silk Street Theatre London he presented himself as Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon, Conte Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and in the title role in Britten’s Owen Wingrave. In 2013, made his Aldburgh Festival debut as Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Jonathan Ware

In high demand as a chamber musician and Lied accompanist, pianist Jonathan Ware has recently appeared in venues including Alice Tully Hall, The Ravinia Festival, Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Wigmore Hall. Jonathan Ware has given recitals internationally with established singers and rising artists.

Recent engagements include Lied recitals in Florida with Michael Kelly and Christin Wismann, an appearance with Benjamin Appl at the Concerts au Milan in La Roche, Switzerland, as well as performances at Carnegie’s Weill Hall with singers participating in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues programme. During the 2012/2013 season, he performed the Complete Schubert Songs in New York in a series »Schubert & Co«.

Jonathan Ware performs as official accompanist at the International Meistersinger Academy in Neumarkt, Germany, and spent three residencies on the accompanying staff of Chicago’s Raviania Festival.

Jonathan Ware engagements included recitals with cellist Michael Katz at Lincoln Center, baritone Michael Kelly’s debut concert in New York at Merkin Hall and, in spring 2013, a tour of North America and Canada with mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught. He performed at the International Festival Heidelberger Frühling’s Lied Academy and Wolf’s Italian Song Book at the Rheingau Music Festival.

Last changed on 17 July 2018, 16:05