My Per­fect Day

Ju­lia Baniewicz

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As a clas­si­cal vi­o­lin­ist, she knows how to en­joy the finer things in life.

From the best crois­sants and French mac­arons to where to see the best rock con­certs, clas­si­cal vi­o­lin­ist Ju­lia Baniewicz knows where in Berlin to find all the finer things in life. The Swiss-Pol­ish vir­tu­oso stud­ied in Man­hat­tan and Leipzig be­fore set­tling in Berlin five years ago, where she now per­forms as part of the Deutsche Oper’s orches­tra.

How did you end up in Berlin?

When I was study­ing mu­sic in New York every­body there was talk­ing about Berlin as the place to be, es­pe­cially for clas­si­cal mu­si­cians. I wanted to come back to Europe but still live in a big cos­mopoli­tan city, so I came here and loved it.

What about Berlin in­spires you?

It is so big and at the same time so small. What seems out of reach in ci­ties like New York or Paris is much more ac­ces­si­ble here. You can sit in the same hall with a fa­mous di­rec­tor at the Ber­li­nale film fes­ti­val, or drink a beer in the Kan­tine of the Phil­har­monie and meet im­por­tant mu­si­cians. Most im­por­tantly, Ber­lin­ers know how to take their time and en­joy life.

When you’re not re­hears­ing or per­form­ing, where do you go to en­joy good mu­sic?

Since I play mostly op­eras, I love to go lis­ten to sym­phonic works or cham­ber mu­sic at the Phil­har­monie or the Konz­erthaus. When I’m tired of clas­si­cal mu­sic I love places like Bassy Cow­boy Club or White Trash Fast Food for good rock con­certs. There are also great con­certs at Pri­vat­club.

What other cul­tural of­fer­ings of the city would you rec­om­mend?

There are many great the­aters here! You can see some­thing com­pletely crazy at the Volks­bühne or a very fine piece at the Deutsches Theater. HAU also of­fers great per­for­mances, in­clud­ing dance.

You have the lux­ury of an en­tire day off. How would you spend it?

If it’s Sun­day, I would meet friends for my fa­vorite brunch at Restau­rant Paster­nak and then head to the flea mar­ket at Arkon­aplatz, or go for a walk to Re­hberge, my fa­vorite park. On a Satur­day, I would spend the day in Mitte, treat­ing my­self with a good crois­sant or le­mon meringue pie at Les Pâtis­series de Sébastien and then buy some good cheese at the great épicerie Vom Ein­fachen das Gute. I could also go to Pren­zlauer Berg to say hello to my friends at their Cho­co­la­terie Mon Plaisir, which re­ally has the best mac­arons in Berlin. I would then walk along Rosen­thaler Straße, look­ing at the nice stores on the way, then buy some flow­ers at the mar­ket at Hack­escher Markt. If I’m in the mood for go­ing out at night, I’d have din­ner with friends at Les Valseuses and then go see an in­die movie, or go straight to Red­wood Bar to fin­ish the evening with a nice cock­tail.

What’s a spe­cial lit­tle spot in the Kiez where you live?

There is this great lit­tle bar called Hack­ethals in the mid­dle of nowhere in Mitte. I love the neigh­bor­hood at­mos­phere there.

When you have friends vis­it­ing, where do you take them?

For a walk around Mitte to look at the gal­leries on Linien­straße and Au­gust­straße, with a break in a nice cof­fee shop. Then I show them the Hack­esche Höfe and have a walk along the river at Mon­bi­jou Park. I also like to show them the Turk­ish mar­ket at May­bachufer, the very spe­cial Tem­pel­hof Park, or the flea mar­kets at Mauer­park or on Straße des 17. Juni.

Häck­esche Höfe

Konz­erthaus Berlin

White Trash Fast Food

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