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Aeham Ahmad is a Palestinian-Syrian pianist. He gained international fame in 2014/15 through performances in the Yarmouk refugee camp as a "pianist in the rubble" during the civil war in Syria. After the refugee camp was taken by the fighters of the "Islamic State" in April 2015, they destroyed his piano during an inspection. In this situation, he decided to leave his homeland.

On August 2, he fled Yarmouk and came to Germany in September 2015 via Izmir, Lesbos and the Balkan route. In 2015 he received the “International Beethoven Prize for Human Rights, Peace, Freedom, Poverty Alleviation and Inclusion”, which was awarded for the first time.

Nicole Kleine (actress, director with her own productions and readings, speaker for film and radio, moderator and lecturer) reads passages from his autobiography "And the birds will sing", which was published for the International Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2017 and has since been translated into several languages became.

Aeham Ahmad accompanies the reading with his own piano music. His story and his music flow into each other on this evening.