Bild Zeitung: Neighbor Trouble for Piano Star

Prenzlauer Berg –

Some pay money to hear Soheil Nasseri (37) play the piano.  But to his neighbor, classical music is just noise.


Schönhauser Allee, the Kulturbrauerei corner.  Soheil Nasseri lives off the second courtyard, in a 700-Euro-per-month 850 square foot apartment.  The American pianist is a star who performs time and again in the Philharmonie. He moved to Berlin in 2006.  Mr. Nasseri says “Berlin is the cultural capital of the world.  Berliners love classical music.”

Apparently not his neighbor, though…

She complained about the piano playing and the landlord GWD reacted by sending Mr. Nasseri a notice of eviction – for “repeated disturbance of the peace via your multi-hour music making.”

The complaining neighbor asked to remain anonymous but told us “I work at home. I do feel sorry for him but a piano is unacceptable!”

Mr. Nasseri can’t believe it: “My neighbors all have my cell number and I ask regularly if I am disturbing them.”  He insolated the walls with thick curtains and the floor with a heavy rug.  “And 93% of the time I am practicing in a church, paying 1,500 Euros a year. I only practice occasionally at home – as is my understanding, the law permits 3 hours a day.”

Other neighbors are on his side.  Martina Keyser (59): “Many neighbors are loud – in contrast, Mr. Nasseri is very considerate. He keeps the windows shut when he plays!”

The landlord GWD declined to comment to BILD on the matter. Mr. Nasseri is supposed to turn in his keys today or eviction looms.

Photo caption: Pianist Soheil Nasseri (37) has played in Carnegie Hall and performs next week a solo recital in the Berlin Philharmonie (Gershwin, Schubert, Beethoven). He has trouble at home.

Photo caption: Neighbor Martin Keyser (59) defends her neighbor:  “Others are louder!”