From the piano to the Volksbühne: Composer and pianist Paul Wallfisch on his theatrical connection to Germany

Photo (c) Paul Wallfisch




Despite being born in Switzerland and raised in the United States, musician Paul Wallfisch maintains a strong connection to Germany. The pianist and composer, who is the son of classical musicians, was introduced to the country through his German record label, and it is here that he has ventured into theater.

Wallfisch stopped by our studio to talk about his family’s immersion in music and his current project at the Volksbühne, “Das 1. Evangelium,” or “The First Gospel,” for which he composed and performs the music.

Paul Wallfisch and the New York-based band Elysian Fields will be performing at Volksbühne’s Roter Salon on Monday evening, Oct. 22. “The First Gospel” will have its Berlin premiere at the Volksbühne on Nov. 1.