Date: 24.11.2024


OPIUM - Light and shadow of the twenties

The new program Opium by the duo Runge & Ammon reflects the creative, decadent and frivolous time of the 1920s - a time of awakening, turmoil, sensuality, ecstasy, seduction, but also with a premonition of the approaching catastrophe. With music by Korngold, Mahler, Debussy, Bloch, Hindemith and Gershwin, among others. The two artists also arranged the film music for Tom Tykwer's internationally successful TV series "Babylon Berlin" themselves and recorded it for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th seasons. The duo has the exclusive right to perform these pieces.

George Gershwin (1897-1938)

Ein Amerikaner in Paris
(Arr. Jasha Heifetz/Runge & Ammon)

Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983)

(Arr. Runge&Ammon)

Kurt Weill (1900-1950)

Paraphrase über
Die Moritat von Mackie Messer aus der Dreigroschenoper und
Youkali - Tango Habanera aus der Oper Maria Galante
(Arr. Wolf Kerschek/Runge&Ammon)

Ernest Bloch (1880-1959)

From Jewish Life B.54 für Cello und Klavier
Jewish Song

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)

Zwei Lieder
Schneeglöckchen op. 9 Nr. 1
Versuchung op. 18 Nr. 3

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)

Capriccio für Cello und Klavier op.8

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Blues aus der Violinsonate
(Arr. Runge&Ammon)

Tom Tykwer/Johnny Klimek:

Berlin Babylon - Suite
Ein Tag wie Gold
(Arr. Runge & Ammon)

Jacob Gadé (1879-1963)

Jalousie - Tango Concertante
(Arr. Runge & Ammon)

Subject to change.

Das Duo Runge & Ammon

which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, was born out of a shared passion for chamber music that crosses the boundaries of jazz, tango, rock, theater and film music. The two musicians regularly perform in important concert series and festivals as well as in clubs in Europe, Asia, the USA and South America.

In 2019, 2021 and 2022, director Tom Tykwer invited the duo to record the film music for the award-winning TV series BabylonBerlin. From 2024, Eckart Runge & Jacques Ammon will be creating their own concert series as 'Artists in Residence' at Konzerthaus Berlin.

Since 2021, the duo has been working exclusively with the Berlin Classics/EDEL label. The first album 'Revolutionary Icons' juxtaposes  works by Beethoven with revolutionary icons of rock-pop history such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and David Bowie. 2022 saw the release of 'Baroque in Blue', an album in which jazz and baroque music enter into dialog and was celebrated as a 'real coup' (Concerti). The release of the album 'Opium', which sheds light on the artistically dense period of the 1920s, is planned for 2024.

Eckart Runge, Violoncello

He was the cellist of the Artemis Quartet for thirty years, with whom he performed worldwide and shaped their characteristic profile across all instrumentations. The ensemble's albums, including the complete Beethoven recording, have won the Diapason d'Or and the Grammophone Award several times and the ECH0-Klassik award four times.

In 2019, Eckart Runge decided to go his own artistic way and devote himself to his own artistic projects.

His solo debut album, the first recording of the jazzy Cello Concerto op. 85 by Nikolai Kapustin and the 1st Cello Concerto by Alfred Schnittke with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin was awarded the 'Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik' in 2021. Eckart Runge will be presenting and curating various programs as 'Artists in Residence' at BASF Ludwigshafen and the Philharmonic Society Bremen in the coming seasons.

From 2005-23, he passed on his experience as a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts and at the Chapelle de la Reine Elisabeth in Brussels. In 2023 he accepted an appointment as Professor of Chamber Music at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.

Eckart Runge plays a rare cello made by the brothers Hieronymus and Antonio Amati from Cremona in 1595, generously loaned to him by Merito String Instrument Trust Vienna.

Jacques Ammon, Piano

Born in Santiago de Chile to German-Chilean parents, Jacques Ammon first attracted attention in 1989 when he won first prize at the International Claudio Arrau Piano Competition.

In addition to his duo with Eckart Runge, he regularly plays with violinist Daniel Hope. This collaboration has resulted in several albums on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Jacques Ammon has been Professor of Piano at the Felix - Mendelssohn - Bartholdy Academy of Music and Theater in Leipzig since 2015.

Janick Čech, Piano

Over the last few years, 19-year-old pianist Janick Čech has established himself as one of the piano world's outstanding talents.

His participation in the "International Robert Schumann Competition" in Düsseldorf, where he won 1st prize in 2021, was a decisive impulse that set his artistic career in motion.

However, he continued his success a few weeks ago at the "International Volodymyr Krainev Competition - KHARHIV MEETS ZURICH", one of the most prestigious competitions for young pianists, where he once again won 1st prize.

Born in Munich, Janick received his first piano lessons from his father at the age of 6. From the age of eleven, he also received private lessons from Masha Ilyashov.

From 2019 to 2022, he studied as a junior student at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich under Prof. Michael Schäfer. In addition to his studies, he received valuable impulses from top-class professors such as Claudio Martínez Mehner, Lev Natochenny, Antti Siirala, Michel Dalberto and Ruben Dalibaltayan. He is also a scholarship holder of the International Music Academy Liechtenstein and regularly takes part in the intensive weeks held there.

Janick has been studying at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar with Prof. Michail Lifits since October 2023.


Keresztes Artists and the music schools of the Canton of Zug would like to promote young talents and offer the young musicians of these music schools a stage in the evening's supporting program.

Janick Cech, Piano

Leoš Janáček - Sonata 1.X.1905 "From the Street"

  1. The premonition
  2. The Death

Béla Bartok – Sonatas, BB 88, Sz. 80

  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Sostenuto e pesante
  3. Allegro molto
Photo: Michail Lifits