Zoé Cartiercello

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With her high musical sensitivity and her uncompromising search for artistic expression, the French cellist Zoé Cartier is an exceptional musician. After successfully completing her solo studies at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, she was engaged as principal cellist at the Magdeburg Opera House for two seasons. Since then she has performed as a solo cellist and guest with various ensembles, including the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Ensemble Resonanz and the soloist ensemble Kaleidoskop.

Her artistic openness and curiosity open up a wide range of possibilities for her collaborations with very different artists such as Tino Segal, the choreographer Sacha Waltz and the theater director Falk Richter. She has been active in the contemporary music scene for many years, working with musicians from Ensemble Adapter, Zaffraan Ensemble, K.N.M Berlin, Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin and is a permanent member of Ensemble LUX:NM.

Corey D. CascioLight designer

Corey D. Cascio is by day a special agent for an international electronic theatre controls company based in Wisconsin, and moonlights at night as a lighting programmer and lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance events throughout Europe. He discovered his love for lighting at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, and mentored under Mark D. Guinn at Louisiana Tech University where he completed his Bachelor’s in Lighting Design and Production. Since then, he has created a plethora of lighting experiences in Mexico, the Caribbean, Turkey, the Canary Islands, Poland, Austria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and most recently in 2021 for  Das Rheingold Opera at Yekaterinburg Philharmonic in Russia. After lighting the first Into the Open Festival: Dreams in 2023, he is thrilled to be able to return for this year’s festival. He is a trained lighting programmer and designer, combining his technical and artistic skills to enhance productions with aesthetic and functional qualities of light. His cree is that the lighting should never be noticed on just its own, rather it should enhance and complement the main attraction: The Art. 

Boram Liecello

Boram Lie, born in Marburg, pursued her studies in cello at the University of the Arts Berlin under the guidance of Wolfgang Boettcher and Jens-Peter Maintz. She enriched her education with numerous masterclasses both domestically and internationally. Influential figures in her musical development include Menahem Pressler and Heinrich Schiff. In 2003/04, she was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under the batons of Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez.

Since 2006, Boram Lie has been an integral part of the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop. As the ensemble has evolved from one of the most distinguished young chamber groups into a versatile artistic collective, she has participated in performances at renowned national and international music and theater festivals such as the Holland Festival, Sydney Festival, Tongyeong International Music Festival, Operadagen Rotterdam, Foreign Affairs Festival Berlin, and Ruhrtriennale, among others.

Since 2019, Boram Lie has taken on the artistic direction of Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, curating numerous programs at the intersection of concert, performance, and music theater.

Nikolaus Rexrothartistic director, pianist

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Nikolaus, born in Frankfurt am Main in 1991, studied piano at the Musikhochschule “Hanns Eisler” as well as at the Universität der Künste Berlin. He also studied musicology at the LMU in Munich. 

In addition to his active piano activities as a soloist and chamber musician at renowned festivals and concert halls, Nikolaus Rexroth has always devoted himself to songs, especially song cycles by Ludwig v. Beethoven, Robert Schumann (Dichterliebe) and Franz Schubert (Winterreise). 

As a musician, he was a co-founder of the Russian-German Music Academy, which was established in 2013. Since then, intensification and expansion of leading management activities, development and realization of project ideas, event concepts and artistic designs. 

Nikolaus Rexroth is the artistic director of the festival “Camera Obscura: Berlin × Tbilisi” in Georgia, the “Be@thoven Festival in Yekaterinburg” and has been working in this capacity at the Berlin-based cultural company RCCR Projects since 2014. Here he was responsible, among other things, for a series of digital concert formats that reached over 10 million views worldwide in 2020–21 and won a variety of international awards. Further stations led him, among others, to the Bayreuth Festival (2019).

Since fall 2022, Nikolaus has also been working in the field of “Planning Program Development” at Karsten Witt Musik Management GmbH / CLSX.de and is a shareholder of the Classical:NEXT conference.

Francois Schwambornvideo artist

François Schwamborn (*1986 in Saarbrücken) works with light, video and sound to realise large-scale installations in exhibition spaces or in public spaces. The works are developed site-specifically, changing the perception of the surroundings. He completed his German-French Abitur at the DFG in Saarbrücken in 2005 and graduated from the Media Arts and Design department at the HBK Saar in 2014. Until 2019, he worked as a lecturer at the HBK Saar, where he gave video technology and creative coding workshops. François Schwamborn was project manager of the Rotationen project between 2015 and 2018. His most important exhibitions are the nomination for the Robert Schuman Prize 2018, the participation in the Columina in Cologne 2020/2023 and the group exhibition Panta Rhei in Cologne 2022.


Established in early 2005, the Folk Ensemble Shavnabada is a major presence in the realm of Georgian polyphonic singing, originating from the vibrant city of Tbilisi, Georgia. Our mission, since inception, has been rooted in the preservation and promotion of Georgian polyphonic singing— recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of humanity's oral intangible heritage in 2001.

Dedicated to breathing life into this cultural treasure, over the years, Shavnabada members have tirelessly sought and resurrected numerous folk masterpieces. Our journey has taken us on expeditions across diverse regions of Georgia, where we uncovered hidden musical pieces and shared these timeless songs both locally and on international stages.

Shavnabada has produced over 10 audio albums, featuring a blend of Georgian folk polyphonic music and educational editions of traditional Georgian chants.

Ying Wangcomposer

“I live and form my identity as a contemporary composer from China with a keen and critical eye on the entanglements of politics, culture, society and technology and their consequences. I am looking for a contrasting and multishaped combination of my three major tools: the traditional instruments of the European music and their extended techniques, the critical examination of my Chinese heritage and the current possibilities of electronics. In my music I transform the world of today, its crises and tragedies, as well as its beauty and diversity - there is screaming criticism and delightful admiration for our world in my music.“

[ Ying WANG 王颖 ]

Samir Amarouchcomposer

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Born in France in 1991, Samir Amarouch is a composer and guitarist. A laureate of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation in 2020, and a 2022-2023 resident at the Villa Médicis, he has collaborated with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de France, the Ensemble Modern and the Ensemble InterContemporain. In 2023, he founded S.A.M.PL.E, the Samir Amarouch Music Players Environment, to perform new forms dedicated to his art.

The transposition of sounds from natural, urban and technological environments is one of the major sources of his compositional work. Inspired by structuralist, minimalist and spectral currents, as well as traditional oriental and electronic music, his latest works focus on the perception of time and rhythm, and on the ambiguity between timbre and harmony.

Michael Barenboimviolin

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“The moment you create a beautiful sound, it’s worth every effort.”

This sentence by Michael Barenboim (*1985) sums up his artistic path so far. Soloist and chamber musician on violin and viola, ensemble founder, concertmaster of the West- Eastern Divan Orchestra, professor and dean: versatility and creativity are at the forefront of Barenboim's work.

Since his breakthrough as a soloist with Schönberg's Violin Concerto under the baton of Pierre Boulez in 2011, Michael Barenboim has been firmly anchored in the international concert scene and has since performed with outstanding colleagues, including the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Barenboim, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Asher Fisch, the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, the Berlin Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel. He has also worked as a soloist with orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Filarmonica della Scala, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Orchestre de Paris and the Spanish National Orchestra.


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Since 2016, the state-recognized Barenboim-Said Academy has been teaching talented young musicians, primarily from the Middle East and North Africa, in the pedagogical spirit of Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim. In addition to musical theory and practice, the intensive study program places a second emphasis on humanities topics. Students learn to listen to each other and develop their own ideas against a broad, interdisciplinary and transcultural educational background. Goal is to educate musically excellent, curious and reflective individuals.

World-renowned artists:inside form the faculty of our academy. In addition to the Bachelor's degree, an Artist Diploma can be earned in all orchestral instrumental subjects as well as piano and composition. The Artist Diploma is a certificate program that prepares aspiring musicians for a professional career. A master's degree program, also for all of the above-mentioned majors, is in preparation.

The Barenboim-Said Academy is also a lively place for artistic and intellectual exchange, for international encounters and debates, through the musical programs in the Pierre Boulez Hall designed by Frank Gehry and a variety of lectures, symposia and other events.

Barenboim-Said-Alumni ensemble

Since 2016, the state-recognized Barenboim-Said Academy has been teaching talented young musicians, primarily from the Middle East and North Africa, in the pedagogical spirit of Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim. In addition to musical theory and practice, the intensive study program places a second emphasis on humanities topics. Students learn to listen to each other and develop their own ideas against a broad, interdisciplinary and transcultural educational background. Goal is to educate musically excellent, curious and reflective individuals.

World-renowned artists:inside form the faculty of our academy. In addition to the Bachelor’s degree, an Artist Diploma can be earned in all orchestral instrumental subjects as well as piano and composition. The Artist Diploma is a certificate program that prepares aspiring musicians for a professional career. A master’s degree program, also for all of the above-mentioned majors, is in preparation.

The Barenboim-Said Academy is also a lively place for artistic and intellectual exchange, for international encounters and debates, through the musical programs in the Pierre Boulez Hall designed by Frank Gehry and a variety of lectures, symposia and other events.

Parisa Saeednezhadclarinet

Parisa Saeednezhad, born and raised in Tehran, studied her Bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. She completed her Master’s degree at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf and later earned her Artist Diploma at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin. She participated in various master classes with Charles Neidich, Giora Feidman, Daniel Barenboim and James Campbell, among others. She was a scholarship holder of various foundations including DAAD and Live Music Now Rhein Ruhr. In 2015 she won the DAAD prize and the audience award+2nd prize of the Schumann Video Competition. She played several times with different ensembles and orchestras as well as Boulez Ensemble, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, Berliner Symphoniker and Ensemble Luminar. She was the clarinetist of Staatsbad Philharmonie Kissingen in 2019 and has been a member of West Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim since 2018, with whom she has participated in Europe and US tour in famous halls as well as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms in London), etc. In November and December 2022 Parisa Saeednezhad also taught the clarinet students of the Barenboim-Said Academy as an assistant to her former professor, Matthias Glander. 

George Banosviolin

George (Georgios) Banos was born in July 1999 in Athens, Greece. He began his violin studies at the age of 6. He has studied in Athens, Greece (2005–2014) with professors N. Sarandithou, D.Semsis, V.Pappas, in Innsbruck (2014–2015) with professor Christos Kanettis (Innsbruck Landeskonservatorium) and in Vienna (2015–2018) with Professor Lucia Hall (J. S. Bach Musikschule). Until the age of 14 he gave solo recitals and performed with distinguished Greek orchestras like Athens Camerata (2010) and Orchestra of Colours (2012) in Music Halls like Athens Megaron, Onassis Stegi, etc. He is also a member (and concertmaster) of Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra since its foundation (2017), performing  as a soloist too, under the distinguished Greek maestro and clarinetist D. Grammenos.

In 2018 he was accepted in for Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUC) Bachelor studies with violinist and Professor Pavel Vernikov and also in Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, Germany, where he was enrolled in October 2018 with a full scholarship, with Prof. Mihaela Martin and later with Prof. Michael Barenboim. 

Assif Binnesscello

Born in Israel. Attended Givatayim conservatory at age 5, under Prof. Shmuel Magen. Later he studied in Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts. from 2015–2018 studied with Prof. Hillel Zori at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. In 2022 finished his Bachelor’s degree studies with Prof. Frans Helmerson at the Barenboim- Said Akademie. Assif was a participant of the David Goldman music program. Assif played as the principal cellist of the YIPO, the Buchmann-Mehta school of music symphony orchestra and is part of the LGT young soloists. Nowadays he plays as the assistant principal cellist at the West-Eastern Divan orchestra of Daniel Barenboim and as an academy cellist for the Staatskapelle Unter Den Linden Berlin. Prizes he has won include Aicf scholarship, scholarships from Givatayim conservatory, scholarship from the IPO, First prize in the string and chamber music competitions of the Buchman-Mehta school, second prize in the Paul Ben-Haim competition He participated in Keshet Eilon and the Heifetz institutemasterclasses.

Itai Navonpiano

Pianist Itai Navon is performing frequently as a soloist and a chamber musician in many concert halls across Europe, including Konzerthaus Berlin, Pierre Boulez Saal, Wigmore Hall, Beethovenhaus Bonn and more. He appeared with orchestras such as the Israel Camerata, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and in music festivals such as Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Bath Music Festival, Musikfestspiele Saar and Aspen Music Festival and School. At the invitation of pianist Sir András Schiff, Itai Navon appeared in the Building Bridges series of concerts throughout Europe in the 2018/19 season. In 2021 he participated in a series of filmed masterclasses with Daniel Barenboim on Beethoven solo piano and cello sonatas. Born in Jerusalem in 1996, Itai Navon began his piano studies with Esther Narkiss at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and continued with Emanuel Krasovsky in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv. Itai is a graduate of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, where he studied from 2018–2022 with Sir András Schiff. Currently, Itai is studying in the Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists at the Kronberg Academy. He has received valuable advice from renowned pianists such as Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Angela Hewitt, Jonathan Biss, Robert Levin, and more. Itai is supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and Szloma-Albam-Stiftung.

Bowrainpianist & composer

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Bowrain (1983, Ljubljana) is a Slovenian composer, pianist, and music producer. He received his music education at the Conservatorium of Rotterdam and Amsterdam as well as at the Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. In 2014, he released his debut album Far Out, followed in 2017 by the album Distracted, and in 2020 his last live album project 2020 Seconds Alive. His latest album entitled Not Exactly Lost, was released in 2022 in a collaboration with Slovenian musician and painter Luka Uršič – KALU. Apart from albums, he has released several singles and several EP’s. He performed internationally in Europe, United States and South Africa.

Apart from creating his own music, Bowrain has composed music for several works in the field of visual, performing arts and theatre. In October 2022 he composed music for Slovenian national ceremonial day in collaboration with slovene film and theater director Damjan Kozole. Between 2020–2021 he performed at Ljubljana’s Gallus Hall of Cankarjev Dom together with pianist and composer Vollmaier. In 2015 he was a performer and a composer for the project UTTER / The violent necessity for the embodied presence of hope by JAŠA, presented in the Slovenian Pavilion of 56th Venice Art Biennial (IT). Bowrain is currently based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Margarita Broichactress

Margarita Broich studied acting at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She had her first engagement in 1987 at the Schauspielhaus Frankfurt am Main. Since then she has performed at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, the Berliner Ensemble, the Volksbühne and the Maxim Gorki Theater, among others. During this time she worked with directors Einar Schleef, Heiner Müller, Robert Wilson, George Tabori and Christoph Schlingensief, among others. She also appeared as an actress in numerous television, film and radio productions. In 2013, she was nominated for the German Film Award for best supporting female role for Quellen des Lebens and in 2016 she won the Hessian Television Award for best actress for Tatort Wendehammer and Aufbruch. Since 2014, Margarita Broich has been investigating alongside Wolfram Koch in the Frankfurt Tatort.

CAERUS chamber ensembleensemble

The CAERUS chamber ensemble was founded in Berlin in 2017. It opposes the passing of time by capturing the moment. Inspired by Caerus – in ancient Greece a religious-philosophical term about the right, unique moment of a decision and at the same time personified as a deity in mythology – a unique body of sound was formed from outstanding instrumentalists of the young European generation of musicians on the initiative of violinist Jonian-Ilias Kadesha and cellist Florian Schmidt-Bartha, which allows the spirit of Caerus to flow into its creative process and thereby create unique, unforeseen things: music created from the right, never again reproducible moment. 

As a flexible collective, the CAERUS chamber ensemble plays in programs with various instrumentations – from duos to small chamber orchestras; the design of the programs thus gains the greatest freedom and relevance in terms of content. The young artists – all prize winners of renowned international competitions, such as. Tchaikovsky, Joseph Joachim, Long-Thibaut, Joseph Haydn, Prague Spring, Leopold Mozart and members of leading European orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Camerata Bern, the Kammerakadamie Potsdam, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Chiaroscuro Quartet, the Kelemen Quartet and the Trio Gaspard – are filled with the common desire to perform chamber music at the highest level, because in this each individual is challenged as a soloist and at the same time as a sensitive part of a community; Freedom and responsibility unite in an indispensable pursuit of chamber music excellence. 

At the festival INS OFFENE…! at the Kühlhaus Berlin, the ensemble can be experienced as a string quartet in a special instrumentation with two cellos, consisting of violist Timothy Ridout, cellist Tim Posner and the two founders of the ensemble, Jonian-Ilias Kadesha and Florian Schmidt-Bartha. 

Jonian Ilias Kadesha violin

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“To regard him simply as a huge talent is not enough: there is an element of pure genius in this young man” – Süddeutsche Zeitung 

Born in Athens of Albanian and Greek heritage, Jonian Ilias Kadesha has a keen interest in philosophy and rhetoric and possesses boundless imagination of sound and curation. His playing is characterized by stylistic accuracy and idiomatic interpretation from early to contemporary works, executed with immaculate articulation. 

Chamber music performances connect him with renowned musicians such as Martha Argerich, Steven Isserlis, Nicolas Altstaedt, Thomas Demenga and Gábor Takács-Nagy, Ilya Gringolts and Pekka Kuusisto. He has also performed at Kronberg Chamber Music Connects the World and the Verbier Academy Festival. Jonian Ilias Kadesha is a co-founder of the award-winning Trio Gaspard, which regularly performs at festivals and in music centers in Europe as well as the United States. Kadesha, together with cellist Florian Schmidt-Bartha, founded the CAERUS Chamber Ensemble in 2017, a flexible chamber ensemble composed of outstanding instrumentalists of the young European generation of musicians. 

On private loan, Kadesha plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1749). 

Timothy Ridoutviola

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Timothy Ridout, a BBC New Generation Artist and Borletti-Buitoni Trust fellow, is one of the most sought-after violists of his generation. This season he appears as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Odense, San Jose symphony orchestras and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, amongst others. In 2020, Ridout won Hamburger Symphoniker’s inaugural Sir Jeffrey Tate Prize and joined the Bowers Program of the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in 2021.

In recent seasons, Ridout has made his debut with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Hamburger Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lille, Camerata Salzburg, Graz Philharmonic, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Hallé, BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra, and performed the Walton Concerto at the BBCProms/Sakari Oramo and with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich/David Zinman. He has also worked with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Lionel Bringuier, Gabor Takács-Nagy, Sylvain Cambreling, Nicholas Collon and Sir Andras Schiff.

He plays on a viola by Peregrino di Zanetto c.1565–75 on loan from a generous patron of Beare’s International Violin Society.

Florian Schmidt-Barthacello

Influenced significantly by some of the most renowned cellists of several generations and different musical cultures such as Julian Steckel, Heinrich Schiff, David Geringas, Natalia Gutman, János Starker, Wolfgang Boettcher, Orfeo Mandozzi and Bernard Greenhouse, Florian Schmidt-Bartha has experienced a versatile career as a chamber musician and soloist. He has also devoted himself to contemporary music, working with composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Widmann, Marc Sabat and Walter Zimmermann and premiering works by Alexander Khubeev, Konstantin Heuer, Vladimir Tarnopolsky, Dmitri Kourliandski and Klaus Lang. Florian Schmidt-Bartha plays a cello by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris, 1844) and lives in Berlin.

Tim Posnercello

In 2018, Tim Posner became the first British prize winner of the Karl Davidov International Competition in Latvia. Born in 1995, the cellist has performed as a soloist with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London Mozart Players with conductors including Andrew Manze. Highlights of the 2022/23 season include a recording of Cipriani Potter’s Concertante with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the IMS Prussia Cove tour, and debut recitals in Gstaad and Het Concertgebouw.

As a chamber musician, Tim Posner plays regularly in several ensembles and in 2010 he formed the Teyber Trio with Tim Crawford and Timothy Ridout, with whom he is still active internationally. He has performed at several renowned chamber music festivals, including the Musikdorf Ernen-, IMS Prussia Cove (Open Chamber Music)-, Molyvos International Music Festival-, Kronberg Chamber Music Connects the World-, Lewes-, Peasmarsh- and Cheltenham-Festival. He has collaborated with many renowned musical personalities including Sir Andras Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Lars Vogt, Alasdair Beatson, Anthony Marwood, Alexander Rudin and the Doric Quartet.

Tim starts as principal cellist of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta in the 2022/23 season. He receives important impulses from Steven Isserlis.


Born and raised in the German capital, Colambo developed his curiosity for electronic music at a young age, which led to a promising early career in open air festivals and the Berlin club scene. In fact, the dynamic spirit of Berlin, which has great influence on him, is something Colambo tries to reflect in his music. However, it is also his multicultural, energetic, and crazy-like personality which shines through his musical passion and unique sounds connecting him to individuals worldwide. 

Currently a hyped DJ & producer from Berlin, Colambo performs at many festivals and events for more than 7 years now in Ibiza, Berlin, Freiburg, and Salzburg. His singles Don’t Worry Boy, and French Girl in KitKat, entered the top 10 Beatport Hype charts in 2021. All his releases were presented on radio stations globally and supported by many successful artists. 

Denis Davydovvideo artist

Denis Davydov (b. 1985, Tashkent, Uzbekistan), a multimedia and CGI artist. He holds a BA in Design from the Tashkent Institute of Architecture and Construction (2008). In his freshman year, he received an award from Render Re, an independent community of CGI artists. In 2012, his project Units of Lust was presented at the group exhibition of the SYE Foundation at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris. After establishing his career as an independent computer graphics artist, Davydov joined the N3 agency, developing CGI content for brands such as Microsoft, CCTV, Samsung, NBC, Ford and Bloomberg. Davydov’s projects have received more than 10 Adobe Behance awards in the “Editors’ Choice” and “3D Gold” categories. In 2020, Davydov founded Instigators, a group of art practitioners and crypto enthusiasts united by the NFT study. 

In his recent works, Denis Davydov explores the migration of the symbolic heritage of the early and late Internet era and eclectic visual images of Central Asia into the modern reality of late capitalism in its death throws. Davydov develops the plot of retroactive nostalgia for the rapidly disappearing image of national cultures, primarily Uzbek, Azerbaijani and Tajik, and is interested in the clash of historical narratives and fictions of cultural authenticity of the XX century and craft tradition with new media and analysis of the NFT culture. 

Flavio de Marcovisual artist

Flavio de Marco (Lecce, 1975) since 1997 he has participated in numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums. Among the most recent solo exhibitions include those relating to the project “Stella” at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and Frankendael Foundation in Amsterdam and at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome and “Figure” at Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara. He has collaborated with several magazines, newspapers and radio stations. In 2013 he published his first book Stella. He currently teaches Methodologies and Techniques of Contemporary at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. He lives and works in Berlin.

Emmanouela Dolianitidancer

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Emmanouela Nikoli Dolianiti is a Greek dancer and choreographer based in Berlin. As a performer, she was engaged in several dance, theatre, circus and visual art projects with Sasha Waltz & Guests, Constanza Macras/Dorkypark, Romeo Castellucci, Greta Granderath & Regina Rossi, Anett Simmen, Otto Lazić-Reuschel. As a choreographer, she has collaborated with Asuka J. Riedl on the creation HIMIKO and with Yuya Fujinami in Memini, that received the audience award best duo 2017 at the 9th international soloduo festival in Cologne, and ETHEREAL, in co-production with Constanza Macras/Dorkypark and EX-teater. Apart from her dance studies, she also holds a degree in philosophy, education and psychology.

Meike Drosteactress


Meike Droste was born in 1980 and grew up in Augsburg. From 1999 to 2003, she completed her acting training at the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich. In 2002 she was engaged by Claus Peymann at the Berliner Ensemble, where she appeared under his direction in Die heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe by Bertolt Brecht, among others. In 2004 she moved to the Schauspielhaus Zürich, and from 2006 to 2013 she was an ensemble member of the Deutsches Theater Berlin, where she enjoyed a close collaboration with Jürgen Gosch. In 2009, she received the German theater prize DER FAUST for playing Mascha in his production of Chekhov’s The Seagull.

She has also been engaged several times at the Salzburg Festival, most recently in 2014 for Die Komödie der Irrungen. Since 2015 she can be seen at the Residenztheater Munich as Medea in Das goldene Vlies by Grillparzer.

Since 2013, Meike Droste has been working as a freelance actress and, in addition to her theater work, is also repeatedly in front of the camera for film and television.

She has already worked with directors such as Jürgen Gosch, Claus Peymann, George Tabori, Robert Wilson, Leander Haußmann, Peter Zadek, Werner Düggelin, Barbara Frey, Michael Thalheimer, Stephan Kimmig, Martin Laberenz and Anne Lenk.

Fanny Mendelssohn Artistsensemble

From the very beginning, the Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis has promoted joint performance opportunities for the award winners, where they can also pursue their soloistic ambitions. One example is the annual Festival of the Award Winners at the Elbphilharmonie. The award winners want to further expand the concept of joint performances in a changing line-up and have joined forces with selected FMFP finalists under the name Fanny Mendelssohn Artists. Together they form a new ensemble of top-class classical soloists that will delight audiences with creative programs and flexible instrumentations at festivals and concerts in Germany and abroad.

Philipp SchupeliusCello

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Philipp Schupelius (born 2003) is a cellist who performs in many genres and on numerous stages.

Trained by Ulrich Voss, Valentino Worlitzsch and for the past six years by Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Philipp has been able to explore many facets of the instrument. He is passionate about chamber music, jazz, klezmer, blues – all of that too. But his favorite music is classical, from baroque to modern. In addition to his admiration for the great cellists, Philipp also has a great admiration for the great comedians and entertainers, especially Billy Wilder, Charlie Chaplin and Hans Fallada.

During his musical life, Philipp has received numerous awards, each of which has opened new perspectives. Since October, he has been studying at the Kronberg Academy with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt – where new things are also opening.

Leon LorenzPercussion

Leon Lorenz (*12.12.1999 in Stuttgart) received his first percussion lessons at the age of six from Gergely Nagy at the Stuttgart Music School. At the age of twelve, he became the first percussionist there to be accepted into the study-preparatory class, which gave him increased training in chamber music, orchestra, music theory, ear training and composition. He expanded his orchestral experience over four years in the German National Youth Orchestra. In 2016, he joined Prof. Jürgen Spitschka at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule as a junior student. He deepened his education with Prof. Bernhard Wulff, as well as during a study visit to Japan with Prof. Keiko Abe. From 2018–2022 he studied with Prof. Alexej Gerassimez, Prof. Raymond Curfs, Prof. Wolfram Winkel, Claudio Estay and Carlos Vera Larrucea at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Since 2022 he has been studying at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg with Martin Grubinger. He won numerous first prizes at the following competitions: Bundeswettbewerb Jugend Musiziert (2012, 2015, 2016), Bundeswettbewerb Jugend Komponiert (2016, 2017), Opus ONE 2017, Wettbewerb bavrischer Musikhochschulen, as well as the Förderpreis at the Gasteig Kultur- Wettbewerb. Leon Lorenz can be heard as a soloist at renowned festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling and the Mosel Music Festival. Leon Lorenz is a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Ad Astra Percussionensemble

The musical world of large concert halls currently combines numerous traditional and innovative elements. The well-tried is combined with the new, alienated, ‘updated’, contrasted, there are interdisciplinary productions, enriching use of lighting and video technology, unusual stage spaces and all kinds of ideas that are designed to acquire new audiences without scaring away tradition-conscious audiences. In this situation, being a multipercussionist now presents special challenges and opportunities at the same time. Multipercussion entails introducing many of the instruments used to the audience in their mode of operation and their special tonal, technical and playful-musical dimensions, since they are sometimes hardly known to anyone. The Ad Astra Percussion Ensemble (Deng Wenhui, Carlos Rubio Amondarain, Godwin Schmid and Leon Lorenz), which was founded in 2022, takes up and continues these ideas. The focus is on new commissioned compositions, and last but not least, the most important: each concert tells a story with a red thread that accompanies the audience on a journey in which they themselves are part of the action.

Farhad Farzalisound artist

Farhad Farzali was born in Baku in 1989 and is a sound artist who merges traditional culture, popular aesthetics and contemporary music to comment on the situation in his country which was part of the former Soviet Union. He lives and works in Baku and engages in anthropological research on the Azerbaijan cultural context and is cataloguing the striking forms of neo-folklore.

Farhad completed an MFA at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts in Baku in 2012. Participated in a large number of group exhibitions around the world and his works are represented in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Baku, Azerbaijan National Museum of Fine Arts and Yarat Contemporary Art Space.

FortViopiano trio


The piano trio FortVio was established in 2006, immediately got involved in active professional activities and has already become famous for its vivid and highly expressive interpretations. In 2006 the graduates of LMTA won the 1stPrize at the 5th International Stasys Vainiūnas Piano and Chamber Ensemble Competition (Vilnius, Lithuania). The same year the trio was granted the 3rd Prize at the 13th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Poertschach (Austria). In 2008 the ensemble reaped the rewards at the 3rd S. I. Taneev International Chamber Ensemble Competition, where it was granted the 2nd Prize as well as two special awards. In 2009, the ensemble became the laureate of the Golden Disc award established by the Lithuanian Musicians’ Union. In 2012, FortVio became an active member of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) and the next year trio was granted the Grand Prix in the Chamber Ensemble Category at the International Master Competition for Music Teachers in Warsaw (Poland).

Martina Gedeckactress

© Karel Kühne

Martina Gedeck is one of Germany's most distinguished and popular actresses. She completed her acting training at the Universität der Künste (University of the Arts) in Berlin. She made her theater debut at the Frankfurt Theater am Turm, followed by engagements in Hamburg, Basel and Berlin. At the same time, she started her career as a film actress.

The film industry celebrated her with almost all major film awards from the Grimme Award to the star on the Boulevard der Stars. Above all, her performance in Bella Martha, the Oscarwinning film The Lives of Others and the Oscar-nominated The Baader-Meinhof Complex catapulted her into the league of large-scale international productions, where she appeared alongside Matt Damon, Jeremy Irons or Helen Mirren.

Martina Gedeck is a member of the European Film Academy, the German Film Academy, the Academy of Performing Arts as well as the recipient of the Bavarian Order of Merit and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

Ashley Kaylynn Greendancer

Ashley Kaylynn Green (Charleston, SC) began her training at Columbia City Jazz where she found her love for dance. She trained in a variety of styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. In 2020, Ms. Green received her BFA in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, under the direction of Garfield Lemonius. There, she performed works by Peter Chu, Aszure Barton, Kyle Abraham, and Darrell Grand Moultrie. After graduation she joined Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance where she received a Princess Grace Award in Dance. Ms. Green joined the Company in 2021 and that year was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine.

Tamisha A. Guydancer

© Miguel Herrera

Tamisha A. Guy, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, began her formal dance training at Ballet Tech, under the direction of Eliot Feld. Later she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, and SUNY Purchase College as a double major in dance and arts management. In 2013 Guy graduated with honors from SUNY Purchase College and joined the Martha Graham Dance Company shortly after. In 2016 Guy was selected as one of Dance Magazine' Top 25 to Watch and she also received the 2016 Princess Grace Award. In 2017, she was named one of the Best Dancer's of the Year by Dance Europe. In 2021, she received the 2022 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Dance. Tamisha currently dances with A.I.M, under Artistic Direction of Kyle Abraham, and she is a current Lecturer in Dance at Barnard College. 

Christopher Hönningervideo artist

Christopher Hönninger (born 8 October 1992), known professionally as crozer, is a Peruvian-German digital artist and technical film director, photographer and cinematographer. He uses various media to create still and moving pictures. He began his digital or internet presence by releasing a set of Adobe Photoshop plugins that permitted quick application of filters and graphical modifications to still imagery. Though unrelated, these performed like forerunners to the later Snapchat or Instagram filters. From their release in 2012, the plugins were the best-selling Photoshop plugins on international markets for two consecutive years. He now works as effects technical film director for feature films and series and as an independent digital artist.

International Ensemble Modern Academyensemble

© Wonge Bergmann

The International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) was founded in 2003 as Ensemble Modern’s training centre, pursuing the goals of educating musicians and audiences about contemporary repertoire and identifying new forms of artistic and creative work today. IEMA offers various education formats for very different target groups: international master courses, the International Composer & Conductor Seminars, educational projects and the Master’s degree programme in Contemporary Music offered in cooperation with the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK).

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmonikerensemble

The Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic goes back to an initiative of Herbert von Karajan, who in the early 1970s had the idea of organizing the training of young orchestral talent of the Berlin Philharmonic in an academy. This form of institutionalized support was an innovation at the time. For the first time, outstanding young musicians who were undergoing first-class university training, but mostly oriented toward solo repertoire, were given the opportunity to perfect their skills in a community of top musicians such as the Berliner Philharmoniker. Mentored in individual lessons and chamber music by instructors from the ranks of the orchestra, and integrated into orchestra rehearsals and concerts, the young musicians gain irreplaceable experience for their careers, learn the professional discipline of a world-class orchestra and concert routine in the best sense of the word.

Harry Wardviolin

©Pia Johnson

Leading young Australian violinist, Harry Ward, is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Australia and internationally. Solo appearances include with the Xiamen Philharmonic, Hangzhou Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán, Apex Ensemble, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

An avid chamber musician, Harry is a founding member of the Rathdowne Quartet and has performed alongside members of the Emerson, Michelangelo, Ehnes, Australian string quartets and in concert with the late Joseph Silverstein. In 2017, Harry was invited to perform at the Rome Chamber Music Festival which included performances with Edgar Meyer, playing Meyer’s string quintet and performances with members of the Venice Baroque Orchestra. In 2019, Harry was selected as an Emerging Artist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, touring with the ACO Collective, and working closely with Helena Rathbone.

Beata Antikainencello

My dream was always to become a tractor driver, until I was 5 and got my first cello. Since that day I always knew I want to become a cellist. Through my cello I‘ve always been able to express myself in more direct and deeper way than with words.

I grew up in Finland where studied with Marko Ylönen until I was 22 and then  moved to Berlin. The years as his student have really given me the path for what kind of cellist and musician I am and want to become. The best continuation for my studies I could ever imagine was coming to Berlin. Here I have had the pleasure to learn from Claudio Bohorquez in the Hanns Eisler Hochschule and be part of the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. 

The experience in the academy has been indescribable. To have been able to play for two years in the Berlin Philharmonic, make chamber music together with other academists and share this experience together, is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Noora Ylönenpiano

Coming from a family of musicians, Noora was forced to sit through concerts and rehearsals while growing up. She stubbornly searched for another path for her own future and for example competed in athletics until late teenage years. It wasn’t until one summer festival when she heard Schubert’s string quintet live and realized she had no choice but to continue her musical journey. Coming from Finland, Noora studied at the Sibelius Academy and then found her way to study first at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and currently at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen with Henri Sigfridsson.

Chamber music she cherishes closest to her heart and that has lead her to perform in interesting locations from fells in Lapland to the great Musikverein in Vienna. During the pandemic an ever present curiosity for visual arts took a bigger role in her life and since she has painted with oilpaints and aquarelles whenever she finds the time.

Lukasz Koniecznysinger

Bass Lukasz Konieczny from Lodz, Poland, completed his vocal studies at the Academy of Music in Wrocław and supplemented his training with masterclasses from renowned singers and teachers as well as acting courses. He was a permanent member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein ensemble from 2011 to 2019. His repertoire includes various roles from Mozart to Verdi to Wagner and important bass roles in concert works. He has performed internationally, including at renowned opera festivals. Konieczny has participated in various CD recordings and was nominated for the Polish Fryderyk Prize 2022 for his performance. Most recently, he has appeared in various opera productions worldwide. Future engagements include performances in Verdi's "Rigoletto" and "Requiem" as well as a series of Schubert's "Winterreise".

Zoé Lakhnatichoreographer

Zoé Lakhnati is a choreographic artist based in Brussels. She graduated in classical dance from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon in 2019 and from P.A.R.T.S in 2022.

Zoé collaborates as a dancer/performer with choreographers such as Mette Ingvartsen, Leïla Ka and Némo Flouret, and has worked as an assistant with Robyn Orlin and Dimitri Chamblas. In 2021 she created the De l'impertinence laboratory in Sète in collaboration with Dora Pentchev, and choreographed the duet Where the fuck am I? with Per-Anders Kraudy Solli.

Lithuanian Academy of Music & Theatreensemble

The Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy (LMTA) is a renowned higher education institution offering education in the fields of music, theatre, dance and film and consists of three faculties with over 1000 students. It consists of two campuses in Vilnius and Klaipėda and has state-of-the-art performance spaces, three concert halls, dance studios and a cinema hall, to name but a few. LMTA offers curricula from Lithuania's leading artists in a performance-oriented and creative environment that provides students with a solid foundation in the artistic, technical and theoretical aspects of music and theatre, while encouraging creativity and innovation. The university is located in Vilnius, an increasingly popular capital city with several symphony orchestras, an opera and ballet theatre, drama and dance theatres and centres for traditional and modern art, as well as in Klaipėda, a port city with a music theatre, a playhouse, a thriving jazz festival and an "open culture factory".

Paula Bagotyriūtėpiano

One of the most creative pianists of Lithuania's younger generation, who has been known for her charisma from a very young age, Paula Bagotyriūtė has won prizes in many international competitions in Latvia, the Czech Republic, France, Spain, Malta and Lithuania. In 2022, Paula Bagotyriūtė graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with a degree in classical music (prof. Z. Ibelgauptas) and in the same year she enrolled in the specialization of contemporary and improvisational music (prof. V. Baltakas, prof. L. Mockūnas, prof. A. Mikalkėnas and prof. I. Baikštytė), where she began to actively deepen her knowledge in performing contemporary and improvisational music. Paula can be recognized as a versatile pianist who performs a wide range of genres, from classical to free improvisational aesthetic. Her repertoire includes contemporary composers such as F. Rzewski, Thierry de Mey, Y. Wang, J. Cage, S. Reich, T. Hosokawa and many more.

Ryhor Kharanekasaxophone

Ryhor Kharaneka - a saxophonist specializing in contemporary music and improvisation. His style features extensive and extended saxophone techniques, a broad range of timbral expressions, and experimentation with spectral harmonies. In his solo repertoire, Ryhor interprets compositions by notable composers, including L. Berio, F. Tanada, R. Noda, G. Aperghis, M. Andre, G. Netti, K. Stockhausen, V. Germanavičius, V. Baltakas, and others. Originally from Belarus, Ryhor now calls Vilnius, Lithuania, his home, where he actively performs and tours across various European cities.

Currently pursuing a doctoral degree, Ryhor conducts research to enhance the saxophone's timbre. Notably, he collaborates with contemporary Lithuanian composers, exploring the fusion of saxophone and electronics in his music.

Konrad Levickiviolin

Violinist Konrad Levicki currently holds the position of a concertmaster at Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra and teaches at Klaipėda Faculty of Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre as well as Klaipėda Stasys Šimkus Conservatory. During his studies at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (2014-2020), the violinist devoted a significant amount of time to chamber music which resulted in winning the VIII International Stasys Vainiūnas Competition for Chamber Ensembles in 2018, then as a member of CoLore Duo ensemble. Besides his regular work at Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, Konrad participates in various chamber ensemble concerts, festivals and educational projects as a member of violin-piano duo, piano trio and string quartet - most recently performing at Klaipėda Concert Hall, Thomas Mann Festival and „N Žemė“ Festival. In 2023 Indésens Calliope Records and Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra released a music album „Bach Brandenburg Concertos“ in which Konrad performed all violin solos.

Ion Ludwigdj, producer

© Michael Rhebergen

Often described by those who have had the chance to witness his live performances, as a wizard, a magician or maestro, whereas for the electronic music scene for the recent years he is doubtlessly one of the most highly regarded producers and performers, from whichever perspective for the listener, once you get immersed in this artist’s universe you never go back the same, you gain musical growth instantly by his guidance. We have in front an exceptional creator with a strong musical background, Dutch Koos Ludwig, better known as Ion Ludwig, in point of fact studied classic and electronic guitar at the age of 10 and followed multiple African percussion courses, then getting introduced to Techno and House music around 2000, he start production later in 2003.
Expanding during his creative process across sources of inspirations, musically by early minimal techno well established artists like Villalobos, Herbert and Jonson,  and other than that the passion and curiosity that drives him through his trips around continents. Ion Ludwigs music today is a language for humanity, deep minimal and symphonic sound with melodramatic feelings, a fruit of research oriented to combine both complexity and simplicity, a subtle melody arrangements into a canva of frequencies, all to create a vision to the listener, a genuine musical expression and an emotionally engaging experience.

Kate Nikolyavisual artist

Kateryna Nikolenko (born on June 10, 1990 in Kiev,Ukraine) received art education at the University of Applied Arts and Design in Kiev in 2013. She studied in the department of monumental and decorative painting. The leading teacher of the subject Composition Oleksandr Oliynyk has awakened in Kate the ability to fantasize, think images and turn them into a composition. 

Her subjects are as varied as the way they are presented. Mostly symbolic, conceptual, surrealistic compositions that deal with the psychology of people with each other and their interaction with nature.Nikolya’s compositions also reflect her inner feelings, somewhat gloomy and not optimistic, but with the belief that this art has a right to be and live.

Since 2013 Kate has participated in Ukrainian state exhibitions, competitions and thematic exhibitions. In 2019 she presented a personal exhibition titled Images in the studio Master Class

Due to the war in her native country, she had to leave it and lives in Berlin since March 2022.

Opera studio of the Staatsoper Unter den Lindenvocal ensemble

For more than 15 years, the International Opera Studio at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden has been a focal point for talented young singers from all over the world. They appear in small and medium - and sometimes large - roles on the main stage and in chamber operas, as well as in concerts with larger and smaller ensembles. They have often performed in the traditional Advent concert of the children's choir, as well as in concerts of Prussian court music. Song recitals in the Apollosaal are also an integral part of the training programme.

Since its foundation in 2007, the members of the International Opera Studio have been supervised and comprehensively trained by conductor, pianist and vocal coach Boris Anifantakis - he has competently and prudently guided several years and generations of young singers through the training programme. In addition to the daily study of vocal parts, there are units on speech, movement and audition training as well as masterclasses with famous artists from the world of opera, whose example is often inspiring enough. After all, a whole series of graduates from the Opera Studio have already made the leap into the ensemble of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden or other renowned opera houses.

Maria Kokarevasoprano

© Peter Adamik

Soprano Maria Kokareva initially studied at the Tyumen State Institute of Culture School of Arts and has been continuing her training at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence in Donatella Debolini's class since 2018. In 2019, she made her debut at the Varna Opera House as Micaёla in "Carmen", appeared on stage as Giannetta ("L'elisir d'amore") at the Teatro Sociale in Como at the "Como citta di musica" festival in 2022 and sang the roles of Madama Cortese and Delia in "Il viaggio a Reims" as part of the Rossini Opera Festival. She won a special prize from the Elena Obraztsova Foundation for the Promotion of Musical Art and Diploma in St. Petersburg in 2016, as well as another special prize from the Concorso Lirico internationale Portofino as The Best Singer Under 25, 2023 in Portofino. She is also the winner of the International Competition for Singers after B.T. Shtokolov 2018 and winner of the 73rd International Competition for Young Opera Singers in the Emerging Voices category 2022. 2023 she performed at the Maggio musicale Fiorentino Theatre under the direction of Zubin Meta as Micaёla-Cover. Maria Kokareva is currently part of the Maggio musicale Fiorentino Theatre's youth opera programme and has been a member of the International Opera Studio at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin since the 2023/24 season.

Orchesterakademie bei der Staatskapelle Berlinensemble

© Zuzanna Specjal

The Staatskapelle Orchestra Academy at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden has enjoyed considerable success for many years. Since it was founded in 1997 on the initiative of Daniel Barenboim, more than 30 former academy members have made the leap into the full orchestra, and many more have gained a foothold in other renowned orchestras around the world. The prerequisite is a very practice-oriented training programme that extends over two years and opens up a variety of perspectives for the young musicians. From day one, the candidates are intensively involved in the rehearsal and performance process, whether in opera, ballet and concerts or at guest performances. This allows them to experience everyday life in the Staatskapelle at first hand. Learning from experienced colleagues, benefiting from their experience and constantly receiving new inspiration is crucial for the transition into professional life. Playing in the orchestra pit of the State Opera one day and standing on the podium of a renowned concert hall the next is one of the key experiences that the Orchestra Academy has to offer. Independent chamber concerts in the State Opera's Apollo Hall and other venues, which are supervised by dedicated mentors, promote artistic development and the cohesion of the orchestra as a group. In addition, there are individual and group lessons, workshops, audition preparations and individual mental training to master the challenges of the profession. The characteristic sound and playing culture of the Staatskapelle is passed on to the next generation, and in return the members of the Staatskapelle are exposed to new impulses from young musicians.

Dani Ramosdj

Since 2009 Dani has been active in the scene performing along sides like of Luciano, Martin Buttrich, Seth Troxler, Nick Warren, GUTI, Move D, Hiroko Yamamura, Damian Lazarus, Priku at premier events raging from Pacha in Ibiza, Circoloco in Cartagena, BPM in Costa Rica, SONAR in Argentina, Watergate, CDV, Hoppetosse and counting. Having performed around the world from Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, USA to Spain, France and Germany. She found a home in Berlin where Lacroix Music Studio was founded, this studio is where Dani’s original productions were produced and subsequently released on Planet e, Kindisch, Vatos Locos, Sound of Berlin, Sweatbox and La Marquise, so far her 2022 she has 3 releases, the first one with Vatos Locos, collaboration with Luciano, and with 2 remixes of DEWALTA, the second will be with a Chicago label called Sanbolsa that has a collaboration with SBAI and 1 remix with CHKLTE, and the third release is on her own label called Cachonda Records were there is a remix of TRIPASTAZ.

Boris Ranziodancer

Born in Salzburg in 1981, Boris Randzio grew up in Berlin. After graduating from Goethe Gymnasium Berlin, he studied ballet at the Tanzakademie Berlin from 1991 to 2001. He received his stage dance diploma in Mannheim in 2002. He worked as a dancer at renowned opera houses and was a soloist at the Ballett am Rhein of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein from 2009 to 2020. International performances followed in Paris, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Tokyo and Madrid.

Together with Felix Strasser, he founded the independent theatre VADA in Carinthia in 2004, where he developed his own choreographies and acting roles. Randzio has been working as a freelance dancer, choreographer and actor in Berlin and Carinthia since 2020. His work "Die schlaflose Welt", based on Stefan Zweig's essay, premiered in Klagenfurt in July 2023 and in Berlin in August 2023. Further information at borisrandzio.com.


The Samir Amarouch Music Players Environment was founded in 2023 by Samir Amarouch. According to the project, S.A.M.PL.E brings together performers, light designers, musicians and dancers to defend a total vision and to create new spaces for contemporary listening.

Performed by
Ambre Vuillermoz (Accordion)
Elena Soussi (Piano, Wurlitzer)
Vladimir Babinchuk Outerelo (Dance • soloist)
Antoine Dupuy Larbre (Dance)
Eleni Roberts (Dance)

Light Design by Ana Bob

Valentin Silvestrovcomposer

Valentin Silvestrov is probably the most prominent composer of Ukraine. His work has received much attention, especially in recent decades, and not only in Europe. No small part of his fame has been due to numerous recordings released on the Munich-based label ECM.

Silvestrov was born in Kiev in 1937; he celebrates his 85th birthday on September 30. He did not want to leave his hometown of Kiev even with the start of the Ukraine war, but was persuaded by concerned friends to emigrate. Since then he has lived in Berlin.

As a young man, Silvestrov oriented himself toward the Western avant-garde, which got him into trouble in the Soviet Union. The music he has written in recent decades has also been described by himself as “metamusic” – music about music that meditates on something long past, always or at least mostly on a tonal basis. Nevertheless, Silvestrov’s current compositional style has nothing to do with “New Age.”

In 2022 Silvestrov was awarded the “OPUS Klassik 2022” for his lifetime achievements.

David Skudlikcultural manager

© Anastasia Kobekina

David Skudlik is a cultural entrepreneur living in Munich. As the son of a musician and an author, he has been in contact with various art forms all his life. Since 2013, his digital agency David’s Dearest offers website design and social media management, advises cultural professionals and institutions on digital topics and organizes or curates concerts and events. While still in school, David co-founded the accessory label RAPHAEL ROGGENDORF and started an artist agency during his studies. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Media Management at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre and is also an alumni of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers and Sandbox.

Stegreif - The Improvising Symphony Orchestra ensemble

© Alexander Ziegler

Without scores - without a conductor - without chairs: Stegreif – The Improvising Symphony Orchestra is a collective of 30 international, cross-genre musicians that blends the legacy of classical compositions with improvisation, reimagining the classical symphony as a starting point for a new concert experience. The memorized performance of these recompositions allows freedom for movement, interaction, and immersive spatial concepts.

The orchestra has performed at prestigious venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, as well as at festivals including FUSION.

Julia Biłatcello

Julia Biłat is a cellist, singer and composer based in Berlin, and after studying at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, she devoted herself to exploring her own musical language. This led to a close collaboration with jazz pianist Daniel Schwarzwald, with whom she released her first duo album Frist Meeting in 2017. She has been a cellist in the Stegreif Orchestra since 2018 and has also worked there as a composer since 2020.

Franziska Allerbass

© Bodo Pisarsky

Franziska Aller (*1991) studied electric bass at the Hochschule für Musik Mainz with Jesse Milliner, among others, who has had a great influence on her as a composer. She is currently devoting more and more time to the double bass. As a bassist, she is active in a wide variety of formations. Her current focus is on her projects blue lion, the band Conic Rose, the Resonance Art Trio, the Quique Sinesi Quartet and the Stegreif Orchester, for which she also works as a composer.

vision string quartetensemble

© Harald Hoffmann

Ten years after its foundation, the vision string quartet has already set musical milestones and created new sound colours in the international concert scene. With their unique ability to "walk" between the classical string quartet repertoire and their own compositions from genres such as folk, pop, rock, funk and minimal music, the four visionary artists are giving new impetus to the world of music. The quartet's concert formats are innovative and versatile: in addition to classical concerts, there are concerts with original compositions and arrangements from jazz & pop and concerts in complete darkness. The vision string quartet, which also sees itself as a band, works with lighting designers to add further creative dimensions to its performances. The musicians play the classical-romantic and contemporary repertoire mainly by heart. Having the notes only in front of their inner eyes allows the players interpretative freedom and a more intense performance.

Claire Wellsviolin

American violinist Claire Wells grew up in a musical family, playing both violin and piano from the age of three. Wells was the Mendelssohn-Prize 1st Prize winner and Commission Prize winner at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Competition 2021, and has taken major prizes at the Indianapolis International Competition, Mirecourt International Competition, Lynn Harrell Competition, among many others. Now studying at the Kronberg Academy with Mihaela Martin, Claire Wells studied privately with Brian Lewis, Sandy Yamamoto, and Emanuel Borok, and in 2017 attended the Yehudi Menuhin School with Lutsia Ibragimova. In 2020, Claire Wells studied with Mihaela Martin at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. 

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