Creating new approaches to classical music and bringing it to life in a completely new way – that is the goal of the “Virtual Concert House”. The Konzerthaus Berlin, together with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Berlin, is part of the project group “Apollo” (Application Lab for Online Media, Virtual Reality and Location Based Services), which is funded by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). The aim of the project is to create innovative possibilities in the digital field in order to redefine classical music. To put this into practice, virtual reality and augmented reality are in the foreground – always with the goal of ensuring low-threshold, democratic and immediate access to the latest technologies.
Albrecht Sensch has been working as head of the “Virtual Konzerthaus” on the development and design of new teaching techniques at the Konzerthaus Berlin since August 2016. Before moving to Berlin, he worked as a coordinator at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt on the development of the Digital Collection of the Museum and as well on the Virtual Reality Tour “Time Machine”. Prior to this, he finished his master’s degree in Strategy and Innovation at Maastricht University.
Annette Thoma studied her master’s degree in musicology at the TU Dresden and worked parallel as a freelance journalist in the cultural field. In addition, she gained experience in musical pedagogy as a teacher of violin and classical guitar at a private music school and has also worked in a large music publishing house. Since 2016 Annette Thoma is a part of the team “Virtual Concert House” at the Konzerthaus Berlin.