Do we still have taboos in today's society?

         What defines a taboo and are they always negative? 

                  Why are there certain things that we just don't talk about?

                                Do we engage in certain behaviours with out realising? And without realising how it affects others?

                                        And what does this even have to do with classical music?  

In his new concert series Konzertreihe TABU, Trevor Pichanick sets these questions and others like them centre stage. And no ordinary stage: an underground bar on Hamburg's Reeperbahn - a medical dissection hall - a courtroom. 


Presenting classical music in new contexts, Trevor invites audiences out of the concert hall and into dialogue. Using art to raise social questions, he seeks to reinterpret tradition and reinstall classical music in her role as society's critic. 


Prinzenbar, Hamburger Reeperbahn 

Sunday, 4th of December, 2016 @ 7 pm 

Friday, 16th of June, 2017 @ 7 pm 

Truth instead of Rhetoric. Freedom instead of Fear. Beauty instead of Restriction. Love instead of Hate.

Dedicated to the victims of religious fundamentalism, this concert reminds us that the search for truth is far from over. Fundamentalism is nothing new: no religion or generation is immune. So at a time when we are confronted with extremist acts and fundamental ideals almost on a daily basis, we choose to celebrate the values that unite us: Truth - Beauty - Freedom - Love.


Trevor Pichanick and ensemble c4 present some of the most beautiful and moving pieces in the baroque repertoire and, as it should be on Hamburg's infamous party strip, get your hips swaying to some of the period's hottest dance numbers. Surrounded by 360-degree video and light installations, this concert literally presents classical music in a whole new light and show us just how modern and potent baroque music still is. 

Trevor Pichanick and Ensemble C4

with special guest soprano Karola Schmid.


Trevor Pichanick Tenor Tabu Konzert Freak


Sektionssaal, Medizinhistorisches Museum in UKE Hamburg 

Fritz Schumacher-Haus (Haus N30.b), Side-entrance Frickestraße/Schedestraße

Friday, 24th of February, 2017 @ 7 PM

Sunday 26th of February, 2017 @ 6 PM 

A Liederabend: "Normal" + "Abnormal"  

Who defines what’s ‘normal’?

What does a ‘healthy’ member of society look like?

And what does all this have to do with classical music?


The Sektionssaal (dissection room) in Hamburg’s Medizinhistorisches Museum is the setting for ‘Freak’, the second concert in Trevor Pichanick’s TABU series. Along with pianist Jan van Wijk and mezzo soprano Meredith Nicollai, Trevor puts societal norms under the microscope, taking a closer look not just at people, but at classical music – the good, the bad, the absurd.


Accompanied on film by cinematographer Darja Pilz, these young artists come together to create a unique concert experience that brings fresh perspective, encourages community and celebrates individuality. 

Trevor Pichanick Tenor

Jan van Wijk Piano

Meredith Nicollai Mezzo soprano

Chanda VanderHart Piano + Accordion

Darja Pilz Film

Axel GrootJohanna Woelfing Lighting + Video

Trevor Pichanick Tabu Truth Beauty Freedom Love


Grundbuchhalle, Hamburger Gericht, Sievekingplatz 1

Wednesday, May 10th 2017 @ 7 PM

Friday, May 12th 2017 @ 7 PM

Women. Power. Sex. Justice.


The women of Hamburg have chosen their heroines – protectors, warriors, taboo-breakers – and are telling their stories using their own words.


Representing these women musically, Tenor Trevor Pichanick and the vibrant ensemble c4 have collaborated to present a powerful and inspiring program of Baroque music, including reinterpretations of castrati arias from the early opera greats including Handel, Vivaldi and Hasse. 


Trevor Pichanick and ensemble c4

Bartosz Ludwinski Photography

Axel Groot + Johanna Woelfing Lighting Design