Barthel formally retired at the end of 2018, but he plans to continue working part-time.

A festive retirement concert took place in December 2018. The Groningen student symphony orchestra Mira, conducted by Pieter Bosma, played the Academic Fest Ouverture by Brahms, Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto (with Martin Oei) and the 7th symphony by Dvorak (picture: Elmer Spaargaren).

Scriabin’s Ecstasy Flight

Peter Barthel is collaborating with pianist Marco Rapetti, in a production of a filmed live performance of Scriabin’s Fourth piano sonata, opus 30, “illustrated” with astronomical images and video. The short film will be released in Spring 2021.