Blaauw, Marco (Brass Academy - Trumpet)

Born in 1965. Studied first at the Sweelinck Konservatorium in Amsterdam and continued his studies later with Pierre Thibaud and Markus Stockhausen.
Marco Blaauw has an international career as a soloist and is a member of the Ensemble Musikfabrik in Cologne, Germany.
He works in close collaboration with both established and younger composers of our time. Many works have been written especially for Marco Blaauw, including compositions by Peter Eötvös, Georg  Friedrich Haas, Wolfgang Rihm and Rebecca Saunders.

Since 1998 Marco Blaauw worked intensely with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Flying over the orchestra in a gimbaled cage, he played the leading role in Stockhausen’s MICHAELs REISE. He presented the premier of HARMONIES for trumpet for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and has premiered many solo roles from the opera cycle LICHT.

Photo: Jose Verhaegh

Website Marco Blaauw

Chapman, Christine (Brass Academy – French Horn)

Raised in the coastline woods of western Michigan, Christine Chapman has traveled far and wide to pursue her passion for music. In 1990, after finishing her musical studies at the University of Michigan and Indiana University, she broke out of the rural heartland of America for an orchestra job on the still fresh border between East and West Germany. The desire to gain a bit of work experience before returning to the States has since turned into a quarter of a century of exploration and adventure.


Deutsch, Yaron (Guitar & E-Guitar)

Born 1978 in Tel Aviv/Israel. At age eighteen he led his first group – Ofek III – a fusion trio playing his own compositions. In 1999, he enrolled and did his studies at the “Rubin Academy for Music and Dance” in Jerusalem under the instruction of guitarists Steve Paskof and Yossi Levi. In 2006 together with saxophonist Gan Lev he founded the Tel Aviv based quartet for Contemporary Music – Ensemble Nikel.
With the ensemble and as a soloist he has been frequently collaborating with both established and young composers, giving world premiere performances to pieces by Mark Barden, Franck Bedrossian, Michael Beil, Pierluigi Billone, Raphaël Cendo, Chaya Czernowin, Clemens Gadenstätter, Bernard Gander, Philippe Hurel, Marco Momi, Helmut Oehring, Stefan Prins, Alexander Schubert and Michael Wertmüller to name a few.


Dierstein, Christian (Percussion)

Born in 1965, Christian Dierstein has established himself among the most interesting performers in the contempory music of our time. He studied under Bernhard Wulff at the Freiburg Musikhochschule and under Gaston Sylvestre in Paris. He is the winner of numerous competitions and received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Akademie Schloß Solitude in Stuttgart. He is the percussionist of the ensemble recherche since 1988. Together with Marcus Weiss and Nic Hodges he forms the Trio Accanto. In addition to his performances of new music, he has focused on non-European music and free improvisation.

Christian Dierstein (left) teaching in Darmstadt 2010, Photo: Anja Trautmann
Website Christian Dierstein

Einarsdóttir, Gunnhildur (Harp)

Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir started studying the harp at the age of 13 in Iceland. After high-school graduation, she continued her studies with Brigitte Sylvestre at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and later with Sioned Williams, principal harpist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. She went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction and a Master of Music Degree from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where her teacher was the renowned harpist and pedagogue Erika Waardenburg. During her studies in Holland, Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir specialized in the performance of contemporary music but also attended classes in early harp performance at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she learned to play the Italian triple harp under the guidance of Christina Pluhar. In December 2013 Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir received her Doctor of Music degree from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Her thesis is a manual for composers on contemporary harp notation and technique. The thesis is published on-line at: www.harpnotation.com


Fels, Lucas (Cello)

Born 1962 in Lörrach/Germany, studied in Freiburg with Christoph Henkel, in Amsterdam with Anner Bijlsma,and in Fiesole and Florence with Amadeo Baldovino. He also participated in master classes with Antonio Janigro, Siegfried Palm and Bruno Canino, among others. He is a founding member of ensemble recherche and since 1985 has participated in almost 400 premieres in the area of contemporary chamber and ensemble music. His close relationship with composers like Klaus Huber, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Beat Furrer led to numerous works being dedicated to him. Since the end of 2005 he has been a member of the Arditti Quartet, succeeding Rohan de Saram. 

Lucas Fels (left) with Pieter Matthynssens and Hans Thomalla (background) in Darmstadt 2010

Furrer, Eva (Flute & Yoga)

Born 1965 in Judenburg/Austria, studied at the Kunstuniversität in Graz and at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Wolfgang Schulz. Soon thereafter she received the Award of Appreciation for outstanding artistic achievement from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research. After several years of orchestral engagements Eva Furrer specialized in contemporary music and  became a member of Klangforum Wien in 1990. Solo appearances at the most eminent international music festivals, among others, with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Klangforum Vienna, the Vienna RSO and Lucerne Festival Orchestra under such conductors as Sylvain Cambreling, Peter Eötvös, Beat Furrer, Heinz Holliger and Hans Zender. Other areas of specialization are improvisation, the expansion of flute technique on rare instruments (contrabass flute), and yoga instruction for instrumentalists and composers.

Eva Furrer 2010 in Darmstadt, Photo: Anja Trautmann

Fussenegger, Uli (Double Bass)

Born 1966 in Feldkirch/Austria. He has played for over 20 years at the most important festivals on all continents, both as soloist and as ensemble player, and as a member of Klangforum Wien. Numerous works have been composed for him (including pieces by Georges Aperghis, Bernhard Lang, Beat Furrer, and Mauricio Sotelo) and were premiered by him. In addition, he concertizes in the realms of free improvisation and of electronics. He participated in diverse CD/DVD/TV productions as performer, composer, recording supervisor, and producer. Fussenegger is the dramaturg and project developer for Klangforum Wien. He is also the founder, producer, and distributor of the CD label Durian Records. He teaches at the Hochschule für Musik in Lucerne, at the Kunstuniversität in Graz, and at the Ensemble Academy „Impuls“ in Graz.
Uli Fussenegger has been a tutor of the Darmstadt Summer Course since 2002.

Uli Fussenegger 2010 in Darmstadt playing "Parlando" by Georges Aperghis, Photo: Albrecht Haag

Hodges, Nicolas (Piano)

Born 1970 in London/UK. He studied at Winchester College and Cambridge University. His teachers were Robert Bottone, Susan Bradshaw, and Sulamita Aronovsky. He also studied composition with Michael Finnissy and Robin Holloway. New Music is at the center of his concertizing, though he also enjoys combining modern and classical works. He was a soloist with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonics of Tokyo, Stockholm, and Helsinki; the Bamberg Symphony; the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; and diverse Radio Orchestras of Germany and the UK, working with conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Oliver Knussen, James Levine, Jonathan Nott, Peter Rundel, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Hans Zender. Numerous works were written specially for him, among them the piano concerto with video projection „In Seven Days“, by Thomas Adès, and Elliott Carter’s piano concerto „Dialogues“, of which he and the London Sinfonietta have given first performances in many countries since its premiere in 2004. He is pianist of Trio Accanto (together with Christian Dierstein and Marcus Weiss). Hodges has been piano tutor at the Darmstadt Summer Course since 2000.

Nicolas Hodges (right) with Hans Thomalla 2010 in Darmstadt, Photo: Jens Steingässer
Website Nicolas Hodges

Jennings, Graeme (Violin)

Born 1968 in Australia. The violinist and violist is a former member of the  Arditti String Quartet (1994-2005). He has toured widely throughout the world, made more than 80 CDs, given over 300 premieres and received numerous accolades including the prestigious Siemens Prize (1999) and two Gramophone awards. Active as a soloist, chamber musician, ensemble leader and conductor, his repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez and beyond. He has worked with and been complimented on his interpretations by many of the leading composers of our time. Graeme is a member of Australia’s internationally acclaimed new music ensemble ELISION as well as the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Lunaire Collective and the Kurilpa String Quartet. He has also performed as Guest Concertmaster of the Adelaide, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras and Guest Associate Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony.


Michel-Dansac, Donatienne (Voice)

Born in France. Began music studies (violin and piano) at the Conservatoire National de Région in Nantes at age seven. At age 11 she became a member of the children’s chorus of the opera in Nantes. In 1985 she was taken into the voice class of the Paris Conservatoire. Thanks to her close collaboration with IRCAM (since 1993) she has premiered numerous works by such composers as Philippe Manoury, Pascal Dusapin, Luca Francesconi, Georges Aperghis, Fausto Romitelli and Philippe Leroux. Donatienne Michel-Dansac is also intensely involved with baroque repertoire.

Donatienne Michel-Dansac 2012 in Darmstadt, Photo: Stefan Daub

Molinari, Ernesto (Clarinet)

Born 1956 in Lugano/Switzerland. Studied clarinet in Basel and bass clarinet in Amsterdam. His active performing schedule as chamber musician and as soloist has taken him to the most important festivals throughout Europe, such as the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Salzburg and the Lucerne Festivals, and Wien Modern. Along with the interpretation of classical, romantic, and contemporary repertoire, Molinari practices jazz and improvisation. He premiered numerous works which have been composed for him. Radio and CD recordings, including works by Arnold Schönberg, Brian Ferneyhough, Jean Barraqué, Michael Jarrell and Emanuel Nunes document his activities.

Ernesto Molinari 2012 in Darmstadt, Photo: Daniel Pufe
Website Ernesto Molinari

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (Vocal Chamber Music)

They are researchers, discoverers, adventurers and idealists. Their partners are specialist ensembles and radio orchestras, opera houses and the free theater scene, electronic studios and countless organizers of contemporary music festivals and concert series in the world.

The Neue Vocalsolisten established as an ensemble specializing in the interpretation of contemporary vocal music in 1984. Founded under the artistic management of Musik der Jahrhunderte, the vocal chamber ensemble has been artistically independent since the year 2000. Each of the seven concert and opera soloists, with a collective range reaching from coloratura soprano over countertenor to "basso profondo", shapes the work on chamber music and the co-operation with the composers and other interpreters through his/her distinguished artistic creativity.

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (c) Martin Sigmund

Polisoidis, Dimitrios (Viola)

Born in 1961 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied the violin with Dany Dossiou in his home town, later attended the University of Music, Graz, where he was taught by Christos Poyzoides and also studied the viola with Herbert Blendinger. From 1990 to 1993 he was principal viola player of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Graz. In 1993 he became a member of Klangforum Wien.

He is devoting himself mainly to new music and to performing with experimental improvisation groups.  He has performed internationally and worked with many composers such as Peter Ablinger, Georg Friedrich Haas, Bernhard Lang, Klaus Lang, Gösta Neuwirth, Olga Neuwirth and George Lopez, who wrote works especially for him.



Poore, Melvyn (Brass Academy - Tuba)

Born in 1951. From the age of four, he played euphonium. Later, he started piano as well; and at twelve he finally decided in favour of tuba. From 1971 to 1975 he studied in the University of Birmingham. Afterwards he acted in there as a musical leader of the Arts lab and organised concerts and Workshops. From 1979 to 1986 he was active as a composer and in groups like the Cambrian Brass Quintet, Barry Guy's London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Georg Gräwe´s  Grubenklangorchester, Wolfgang Fuch´s King Übü Orchestrü, Radu Malfatti´s Ohrkiste, the Contraband and the English Tuba Consort. With Pinguin Moschner, Larry Fishkind and Paul Rutherford he founded in 1981 the „European Tuba Quartet“ which exists (with Carl Ludwig Hübsch) till today.


Stene, Håkon (Percussion)

Håkon Stene studied in Oslo, Freiburg and San Diego with Rob Waring, Kjell Samkopf, Bernhard Wulff, Pascal Pons, and Steven Schick among others. From 2005-2008 he was selected for the launch programme INTRO for young soloist by Concerts Norway. His solo record Lush Laments for Lazy Mammal was awarded the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) 2014 in contemporary music.

Solo and chamber performances with ensembles such as asamisimasa, Pantha du Prince & the Bell Laboratory, Ensemble Modern, Oslo Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta, 2e2m, Klangforum Wien, Rolf Lislevand Ensemble, and Nils Økland Ensemble include venues and festivals such as Barbican, Casa da Música Porto, Berlin Philharmonie, Donaueschingen, Ultima, Wien Modern, Primavera Sound, Venezia Biennale, Southbank Centre, Monday Evening Concerts LA, Melbourne Music Week, and tours throughout Europe, US and Asia as well as recordings for several labels such as ECM, Rough Trade, Dacapo, and Sub Rosa, as well as radio and TV. Stene collaborates with numerous composers and has premiered some 80 chamber works.


Sterev, Krassimir (Accordion)

Born in Bulgaria, where he started his musical education in Plovdiv. He continued his studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz, as well as in Denmark where he held a scholarship from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, graduating as accordion soloist. His musical development was strongly influenced by teachers like Mogens Ellegaard, James Crabb and Georg Schulz. Krassimir Sterev performs internationally as a soloist and member of chamber music formations, ensembles and orchestras and plays at many renowned festivals. His engagements include appearances in various theatre and dance theatre productions and projects specifically developed for children.


Strosser, Geneviève (Viola)

After studying viola in Strasbourg in Claude Ducrocq's class, Geneviève Strosser was taught by Serge Collot and Jean Sulem at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris (unanimous premier prix and advanced classes) then with Nobuko Imai, Bruno Giuranna, Yuri Bashmet, Franco Donatoni and György Kurtág in the framework of master classes. She performs regularly with various contemporary music ensembles as Ensemble Intercontemporain, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien or Contrechamps under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös and Heinz Holliger amongst others, and was a member of the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt until 2000. In addition to playing in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Georg Solti, she was a member of the Vellinger String Quartet in London.

Geneviève Strosser (c) Kajimoto
Website Kajimoto Artists

Svoboda, Mike (Brass Academy - Trombone)

Born 1960 on the island of Guam, grew up in Chicago and came to Germany with the help of a BMI Award to Young Composers in 1982. His eleven years as trombonist and assistant with Karlheinz Stockhausen during the 80s and 90s proved to be of eminent importance for Svoboda's musical development. Including the collaboration with Stockhausen and other composers such as Peter Eötvös, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Martin Smolka, David Lang, and Frank Zappa, Svoboda has premiered over 400 works for trombone at major festivals throughout the world.
Mike Svoboda returned to composition only after ending his work with Stockhausen and has since received commissions, mostly for works spanning an entire concert, from festivals and opera houses such as the ECLAT festival Stuttgart, The State Opera Hannover, The National Theater Mannheim and the State Opera in Stuttgart. Major festivals have invited him to be artist or composer-in-residence. Often involved in his works as a soloist or with his own Mike Svoboda Ensemble, he composes across the borders between popular and classical music, high culture and entertainment, combining - through the use of text and various musical styles - both traditional and avant-garde.

Photo: Jens Klatt
Website Mike Svoboda

Veale, Peter (Oboe)

Along with various education programs, which he developed and realised with and for Ensemble Musikfabrik, he has been the artistic director of Studio Musikfabrik, the youth ensemble for contemporary music of Landesmusikrat NRW (North-Rhein-Westfalia) since 2012.
Since 1994 Peter Veale returned regularly to be tutor for Oboe at the Darmstadt Summer Course. Besides his oboe classes Peter Veale will direct a workshop with Studio musikFabrik, a Youth Ensemble for New Music.

Peter Veale, Ensemble musikFabrik, Foto: Klaus Rudolf

Weiss, Marcus (Saxophone)

Born in 1961 in Basel, Switzerland.  Marcus Weiss is a saxophone player and teacher (classical and contemporary music). He has studied with Iwan Roth at the Hochschule fuer Musik Basel and Frederick L. Hemke at Northwestern University in Evanston/Chicago. In 1989, he was awarded the soloist’s prize of the Swiss Tonkuenstlerverein.
His repertoire includes all epochs, from the beginnings in impressionistic France to the present. He has played a crucial role in increasing the repertoire for the saxophone with numerous premieres of new works, among the rest of Georges Aperghis, John Cage, beat Furrer, Vinko Globokar, Georg Friedrich Haas, Toshio Hosokawa, Hanspeter Kyburz, Helmut Lachenmann, Giorgio Netti, Salvatore Sciarrino, Detlev Müller-Siemens, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Nadir Vassena.
As a soloist, Marcus Weiss worked with many european orchestras and ensembles of contemporary music. He was been invited to major festivals in Europa, but also in the US and in Asia. - As a chamber musician, Marcus Weiss is primarily working with his two ensembles, Trio Accanto (Nicolas Hodges, piano and Christian Dierstein, percussion) and XASAX in Paris (with saxophonists Serge Bertocchi, Jean-Michel Goury and Pierre-Stéphane Meugé).