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Prof. Dr. Mathias Jucker with Nicolai Pfeffer (clarinet) and Felix Wahl (piano)

On 11 May 2015, the DZNE hosted the 24th installment of the “Music & Brain” series at Forschungszentrum caesar, Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2, in 53175 Bonn.

The event started with a talk by Prof. Dr. Jucker, DZNE group leader and Director at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research at the University of Tübingen, entitled “When does Alzheimer start in the brain?“. The lecture was followed by a recital of the clarinet/piano duo Nicolai Pfeffer and Felix Wahl, who performed works by Carl Maria von Weber, Robert Schumann, and Francis Poulenc.

Prof. Mathias Jucker main areas of research are the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease. He is the German coordinator of the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) and speaker of the Graduate School of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience in Tübingen. In his talk he will address the question: How can the changes in the brain due to Alzheimer‘s disease be described and why is it important to detect them very early on?

Nicolai Pfeffer, clarinetist, was born in Fulda in 1985. A graduate and future faculty member of the Cologne Academy of Music and Dance, he took inspiration from mentors like Ralph Manno, Howard Klug and Alfred Prinz (Bloomington/ Indiana), as well as Sharon Kam and Sabine Meyer to name a few.

Felix Wahl, born in Bonn, received excellent instruction from internationally renowned pianist Pavel Gilelov in Cologne. He has been invited as soloist as well as chamber musician to national and international festivals like Beethovenfest Bonn, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Orfeo festival (Kerkrade).