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The Circadian Symphony

November 27, 2020

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On this evening, American pianist Hilda Huang played the music by Bach and Beethoven and the biologist Ueli Schibler examined the circadian clock in his lecture entitled "The Circadian Symphony: a 24-hour clock in every body cell".

Huang is an internationally acclaimed artist who drew attention by winning first prize at the 2014 International Bach Competition in Leipzig. She is currently the only pianist to have won top prizes at all of the Bach competitions (Leipzig 2014, Würzburg 2010 and Tureck 2010). Ueli Schibler is a Swiss chronobiologist and professor at the University of Geneva (currently retired). His research has made significant contributions to the field of chronobiology and understanding the body's internal clock. As with the conductor of a symphony orchestra, this clock ensures the circadian organization of the body. Both Huang and Schibler had an opportunity to ask each other questions during the Q&A, addressing questions about the circadian rhythm and how it relates to music as well as our general wellbeing.

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  • Introduction: Dr. Gabriella Lundkvist
  • Musica Ricercata Nr. 1, György Ligeti (1923-2006), Hilda Huang, piano
  • Scientific Lecture: "The Circadian Symphony: a 24-hour clock in every body cell", Prof. Dr. Ueli Schibler
  • Toccata C Minor, J. S. Bach (1685-1750), Hilda Huang, piano
  • Fantasy op. 77, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Hilda Huang, piano
  • Q & A, Hilda Huang and Prof. Ueli Schibler

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