Gustav Kuhn Maestro

My life with wine.

Gustav Kuhn, Maestro. Song – woman – wine, wine-philosophical questions relating to the Creation.

In the beginning was the Word, logos! The Ancient Greeks, certainly no disdainers of wine, would have raised no objections to translating this logos as song as well. And modern science? The Big Bang. For who can say that the Big Bang wasn’t already music? And, music is song, at least after a few glasses of wine.

But for me the matter goes much deeper: the Trinitarian order of precedence of the world’s building blocks! What came first, why and to what purpose? The popular saying goes “Wine, woman and song”, and distorts the truth.

The WHOLE THING began with a primeval grape, a new concept which I have introduced into philosophical thought, one which makes it easier for passionate wine drinkers to understand the world.

As an introduction into our ontological model: we call the bang in life the “masculine principle”, the nucleus of the matter “feminine”. Then there is the Holy Ghost, wine, to enable the principles to interlink. Hence there is a clear order of precedence given above in the title. Nevertheless I admit that, in the existential implementation of the concept, it is quite possible for the saying to return to commonly heard order of precedence. And I admit that I find my thoughts on philosophy to be not very sound, indeed I’m back with the Ancient Greeks and one comes to mind who was very passionate about wine: Socrates. He declared he knew nothing except the fact of his own ignorance. And Goethe! “Eternal Woman draws us upwards” – again another beginning, another order of precedence...

Was that the wine, the wine, the wine?

Let’s lean back and reflect: in vino veritas, a glass of good wine, observing the “kairos”, the fullness of time, the propitious moment, solves our problem – we can sense eternity.

From Karajan’s model pupil to the scene’s enfant terrible. Versatility could be one keynote in Gustav Kuhn’s life. Although: if somebody has studied philosophy and psychology, composition and conducting, receives awards and gives them, writes scores and texts; if he is a director and teacher, has worked in opera houses around the world and in village halls; and in addition to German, speaks Italian, English and Turkish – then perhaps the description versatile falls a little short.

Short biography: began his musical career in Istanbul in 1970; became artistic director of the Bertelsman Foundation’s “New Voices” competi-tion; founder and president of the “Accademia di Montegral” (Tuscany); worked with the Vienna, Berlin and London philharmonics, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, etc.; director (Flying Dutchman, Parsifal, Othello, Falstaff, Rigoletto, Carmen); winner of numer-ous prizes and awards, jury member; author (Aus Liebe zur Musik, 1993); founder of the “Tyrolean Festival Erl” in 1997; since 2003 he has been artistic director of the Haydn Orches-tra of Bolzano and Trento.