My Ber­lin

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS - Anthea Kre­ston

Mu­sic and fam­ily tips from a cel­e­brated vi­olin­ist.

You moved to Ber­lin just last year to join the Artemis Quar­tet. Has liv­ing here been what you ex­pected?

It has been a sur­pris­ingly easy city to get com­fort­able in – eas­ier than, say, NYC. It is af­ford­able and driv­able and the public trans­porta­tion is fan­tas­tic.

What neigh­bor­hood do you call home? What are some things about that neigh­bor­hood that you like?

We started in Kreuzberg, which was a blast be­cause of the food op­tions, the eater­ies and out­door mar­kets. We also loved the mix of cul­tures. Then we moved to Halensee to be closer to my work and to in­ter­na­tional schools for the girls. It is more calm here, and very con­ve­nient to get any­where in the city. It also helps that we live above a ge­lato store.

Do you think hav­ing Ber­lin as its base has in­flu­enced the Artemis Quar­tet over the years?

Ab­so­lutely. I con­sider the Artemis to be a sym­bol of Ber­lin – the quar­tet of Ber­lin. We (they) started as a group of in­cred­i­ble young mu­si­cians and hit the ground run­ning with a string of in­ter­na­tional awards. Then they be­came road warriors – trav­el­ing the globe at break­neck speeds, win­ning Echo awards for their nu­mer­ous record­ings – and now we are par­ents, teach­ers, and amongst the leg­ends of liv­ing quar­tets on the planet, play­ing around 70 con­certs per year. How lucky am I? In­cred­i­bly.

What other mu­si­cal of­fer­ings of the city would you rec­om­mend?

The Artemis Quar­tet has its own con­cert se­ries in the Phil­har­monie – we play three times a year, next on 6 April. Come have a beer with us af­ter the con­cert at the lovely back­stage cafe. I had the op­por­tu­nity to per­form at Pi­ano Sa­lon Christophori the other week – what a great venue! They have con­certs in a ware­house with dis­man­tled pi­ano corpses lin­ing the walls and a hodge­podge of vin­tage chairs for the au­di­ence. Keep an eye out for “Cello Cinema” from the Runge/Am­mon Duo. It’s the cel­list of the Artemis Quar­tet per­form­ing fa­mous movie mu­sic, with the movie on a big screen.

De­spite a busy per­for­mance sched­ule that has you trav­el­ing a lot, what are some fa­vorite Ber­lin dis­cov­er­ies?

My time at home is pre­cious, and fam­ily ori­ented. This means bik­ing in Tier­garten or the gar­dens at Schloss Char­lot­ten­berg, go­ing to the Lego store, to Mu­seum Is­land to see Ne­fer­titi and the Gates of Ishtar, or for crois­sants, ge­lato, and hot choco­late. It also means find­ing fresh foods at the many street mar­kets or eat­ing with friends. Tha­lassa in Kreuzberg (Gneise­naustr. 57) has great Greek food, and Mr. Min­sch (www.mr-min­sch-torten.de) and Princess Cheese­cake (www.princess­cheese­cake.de) have in­cred­i­ble desserts.

Imag­ine you have a day off to spend how­ever you choose. What would your per­fect day look like?

My fa­vorite day: wake up late, make pump­kin waf­fles, take the M29 bus (sit­ting in the front seats on top with our girls) to Loxx Minia­ture World (www.loxx-ber­lin.com), and then to Mu­seum Is­land. Grab a bite close to the mu­seum (some­thing healthy and easy like Dean & David). Spend a cou­ple of hours, then have a snack at the beau­ti­ful café in the Bode Mu­seum. Come home, make a nice din­ner, read Harry Pot­ter, then bed­time for the kids! Then, have a glass of wine with my hus­band and curl up by the fire­place with a good book and some Beethoven. The Artemis Com­plete Beethoven Box Set is a fa­vorite.

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Clock­wise from top left: Mu­seum Is­land; Anthea Kre­ston; ice cream "mit Streusel," a Ger­man kids' fa­vorite; Anthea Kre­ston and her chil­dren in front of the Char­lot­ten­burg palace; the bust of Ne­fer­titi; cheese­cake from Princess Cheese­cake.

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