"Without music, life would be a blank to me." - Jane Austen

Sigrun Stephan was born in the same town as Johann Sebastian Bach, albeit in a different country. Separated by a big wall from some of her relations but fortunately not from music, she learned to play the piano in the beautiful region of Thuringia at the foot of the Wartburg. She studied piano in the birthplace of Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. After the fall of the wall, she was able to fulfil her dream of playing historical keyboard instruments professionally. She studied harpsichord at the Folkwang Academy and has lived and worked in Germany’s Ruhr region ever since.

The soft and magical clavichord has become her favourite instrument in recent years, following her leitmotif, as expressed by Mark Twain in his typically apt manner: “Noise proves nothing.” And according to rumours of bygone years, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach and J.G. Müthel were all particularly fond of this wonderful instrument … kinships, therefore, on various levels?

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