The North America Office of Duesseldorf Tourism and Duesseldorf Airport Announce: Schumannfest 2014 in Duesseldorf – Dates for Biennial Event: May 16 – June 2

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A line-up of international genre superstars -- including American violinist Hilary Hahn, Norwegian Ambiente musician Nils Petter Molvaer, and Hollywood actor Klaus Maria Brandauer -- are confirmed for the next biennial Schumannfest and reflect the classics composer’s amazing versatility and contemporary artistic relevance.

Schumann's artistic beauty and genius still resonate in today’s art and music world with a freshness that is rare for a classical composer.

The city where Robert Schumann, master composer and musician of the Romantic period, lived and worked is gearing up for the citywide biennial celebration of his artistic beauty and genius, which still resonate in today’s art and music world with a freshness that is rare for a classical composer. The program offers an amazing line-up of some of the world’s biggest names in music and arts, performing works and pieces from and inspired by Schumann at the city’s most exclusive performance venues, and is testimony to the strong connection to his progressive style and personality that many artists still feel today.

Headliners include: American violinist Hilary Hahn, performing with Düsseldorf’s pianist Hauschka as the duo “The New Romantics”; Hollywood actor Klaus Maria Brandauer, reading as various characters from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream set to music; Nils Petter Molvaer, Norwegian master of the trumpet and Nordic ambient sound, performs his latest piece “LUCID DREAM,” an interactive installation of sound, light, and video set in a forest dreamscape; David Garret will play romantic pieces on his Stradivarius violin; master pianist Boris Berezovsky brings to life the essence of Schumann’s soul in his masterfully fast and romantic style; and, last but not least, star conductor Mario Venzago and the Düsseldorf symphony orchestra, featuring American star violinist Stefan Jackiw, will perform a rarity on stage: Schumann’s famous 4th Symphony.

Schumann spent his last creative years in Düsseldorf as the city's musical director from 1850-1854 and lived at five different addresses, including one on the beautiful tree-lined Königsallee, which today is one of Europe’s main high-end shopping boulevards. Schumann is regarded as a forward-thinking musician and thinker, whose artistic expression and heightened sensitivity seemed at times too modern for his own good.

Düsseldorf is considered the quintessential “Schumann City,” and the festival’s events will take place in various venues across the city, most of them at the planetarium-turned-concert venue Tonhalle.

Düsseldorf’s tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for this and other of the city’s arts and music events throughout 2014. Packages, called “Düsseldorf à la Card” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at Prices start at €49 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3 star hotel in the city center and at €95 per person for a 4-5 star hotel. All packages include breakfast, a Düsseldorf Welcome Card (free public transportation within city limits plus 30 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), and a city information package. Please check the website for current information.

For more information on Schumannfest, visit

For more information on the destination Duesseldorf, visit

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Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit

Düsseldorf Airport, Germany’s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit and

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Rainer Perry - North America Representative