Germany retires its musicians much too youngmain
Reader’s Comment of the Day, concerning the retirement if Daniel Stabrawa, comes from Tom Hase:
Mandatory retirement is a general rule in Germany which applies to everyone from construction worker to academic (and, with few exceptions, at the same age for everybody regardless of profession, which is somewhat questionable). For once, musicians are not excluded from this rule.
In this specific case it is of course a great loss, but overall it seems to be a good idea to give the next generation a chance- in systems without mandatory retirement there seem to be more people who overstay their welcome than those who retire too early. Needless to say that retirement does not have to mean the end of all activities – in this case, I very much hope that Stabrawa will continue to play chamber music and maybe intensify his conducting. I would pay to hear him conduct Beethoven after all the insights he has after playing the complete string quartets so many times. Talking about string quartet, does anyone here know whether the Philharmonia Quartet Berlin will continue to exist in some form? It would be a shame if the untimely death of Christian Stadelmann was the end of this great ensemble.