Martin Suter and Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre

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March 2025


They are back! The living conditions are more serious, but the authors are not. “No reason to shout like that,” the new volume of conversations by Martin Suter and Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre, will be published by Diogenes Verlag at the end of October and will only be available live on a few of the major stages in Germany, Switzerland and Austria from December 14, 2024 experience.


»Fast, clever and incredibly funny, like dinner with Thomas Bernhard, Ricky Gervais and the Rolling Stones.«

Ferdinand von Schirach


The rare joint appearances of the two best-selling authors are exclusive rarities not only because of their small number of dates - the way they deliver, the show staged with a brilliantly unpredictable spontaneity, turns the text into something completely different.

Live there are always surprises with Martin Suter and Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre. In Berlin, for example, there was the surprising appearance of the wonderful Danger Dan, in Hamburg Linda Zervakis and Caren Miosga read a chapter from the previous volume "Everyone has become so serious" and in Cologne Suter and Stuckrad-Barre talked to themselves and the enthusiastic audience with Karl Lauterbach and Tommi Schmitt.

Rolling Stone magazine celebrated the supposedly unlikely couple for their performances as “literary rock stars.”


"It's as if the two of them looked into the abyss for a brief moment and then built a gently swaying bridge of conversation together, hoping that it will hold."

Volker Weidermann / Der Spiegel, Hamburg

»The two celebrate a friendship in which each allows the best side of the other to shine.«

Nora Zukker / Tages-Anzeiger, Zurich


Martin Suter, born in Zurich in 1948, is known for his novels (including “Melody” and the “Allmen” series) as well as for his “Business Class” columns.


Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre, born in Bremen in 1975, has conquered a large audience with, among others, “Soloalbum”, “Panikherz” and “Still awake?”.

Program and cast

Martin Suter, reading

Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre, reading

Wiener Konzerthaus

The Wiener Konzerthaus ( Vienna Concert House or Hall) is one of the largest and most artistically progressive institutions in international musical life. During the course of a season, which extends from September to June, some 750 wide-ranging events take place and more than 600,000 visitors can listen to around 2,500 different compositions. With this comprehensive and varied selection, the Wiener Konzerthaus – together with the Vienna State Opera House and the Musikverein – is central to Vienna’s reputation as one of the world’s leading music capitals.

From its earliest days, the Wiener Konzerthaus has held the highest cultural aims and artistic mission: «To act as a venue for the cultivation of fine music, as a meeting point for artistic endeavour, as a home for music and a cultural centre for Vienna». It was in this spirit that the Konzerthaus was inaugurated on 19 October 1913 with a festive concert attended by Emperor Francis Joseph I. To mark the occasion, Richard Strauss wrote the «Festliches Präludium op. 61», which was followed by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This programme combination, comprising a contemporary work and a masterpiece from the past, served as a model for the Wiener Konzerthaus’s future direction: today, too, an awareness of tradition and the joys of innovation form the main pillars of the Konzerthaus’s artistic identity.


Access to the Wiener Konzerthaus

Public transport:
Short walk from the U4 Stadtpark Station: 10 min walk from the U4/U1 Karlsplatz Station, or take the 4A bus.

From the tram and bus stops at Schwarzenbergplatz, accessed by D, 2 & 71 trams and 3A & 4A buses. The 4a bus stop is at Hotel Am Konzerthaus.

The nearest taxi stands are at the Hotel Intercontinental in the Johannesgasse and at Hotel Am Konzerthaus on the Heumarkt.

Restaurants next to:


Hotels in immediate vicinity:

Hotel am Konzerthaus and Intercontinental


Great Hall

In the heart of the building (which consists of more than 600 rooms) lies the Konzerthaus’s flagship, the Grosser Saal (Great Hall). Designed with a sense of space and classical balance, its stage has provided the setting for many memorable concerts over the years. In this room, artists, audiences and atmosphere blend into a harmonious triad.

Home to world-famous orchestras, virtuoso soloists, renowned conductors and legendary jazz musicians, the Great Hall can accommodate an audience of 1,800 and offers the perfect venue for a wide variety of musical activity. The Great Hall has emerged from the major renovation with renewed splendour and, despite improvements in technical installation and audience comfort has continued to conserve its original elegance. Its unique atmosphere ideally lends itself to the broad range of artistic activities offered by the Vienna Konzerthaus.



Mozart Hall

Open and relaxing, welcoming and intimate, with its incomparable appeal, the Mozart Hall constitutes a jewel of international musical life. The perfect setting for all types of chamber music, from lute and Lieder recitals to string quartets and chamber orchestras, it can accommodate an audience of around 700 – an ideal size in which to experience the intimacy of chamber music and recital performances.

The Mozart Hall enjoys world-wide acclaim on account of its unique acoustics. This distinction makes it a top favourite with leading ensembles and soloists – as well as a popular venue for recordings. This was taken into account during the major renovation of the building: as with all other rooms in the Konzerthaus, the Mozart Hall is directly linked to a recording studio and a technical control room.


Schubert Hall

With its festive character, the Schubert-Saal presents the perfect model of a music salon, the restored use of the windows follwing the renovation having returned the room to its elegant, airy appearance.

Equipped with around 320 seats, it lends itself to a wide range of chamber-music concerts, as well as to receptions, dinners and lectures. It is home to the popular lunchtime concert series, as well as to events which enable promising young musicians to experience a professional concert stage. Many a musical career has been launched in the Schubert Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Seating capacity: 320
Auditorium: 240 m²
Podium: 50 m²


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