Judith Brandenburg, bandoneon

 

Judith Brandenburg, bandoneonist, pianist and composer, studied classical piano at the UdK Berlin and HfK Bremen, where she took her concert diploma. Later, she studied Argentine tango at the Conservatory in Rotterdam, Netherlands, with Karel Kraayenhof (bandoneon), Gustavo Beytelman (composition and arrangement) and Leo Vervelde (orquestra).

Having performed with many tango and world musicians in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, she founded La Bicicleta, Trio for modern Tango, in 2009 in order to express her own musical language. Invitations ranged from Argentina to Vietnam, and she will enjoy playing in a small jazz club as well as La Bicicleta's lunchtime concert at the Berliner Philharmonie.

Judith Brandenburg has composed and arranged music for theatre and film ("Mozart and Casanova", "Tango Zarrentino", recordings for Geoffrey Rush in "The book thief") and has played in numerous radio, television and CD recordings.

With La Bicicleta, she has produced two CDs presenting her own music.

She has published the "Tango of the Month", a monthly sheet music subscription for bandoneon and "Mein Bandobuch", a collection of her own bandoneon pieces for beginners.

In many workshops and in 2016 also at the UdK Berlin, she passes on her knowledge of tango music, encouraging everyone's personal approach to tango music with the qualities of their own instrument.

 

 

Corinna Söller, piano

 

"Corinna Söller is a high-level musician of exceptionally accomplished pianistic ability - a highly intelligent artist" – Professor Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

"In Corinna Söller (…) everything which defines great chamber music was present: the audible rapport, the breathing together, the unity of technique, expression and interpretation" - Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin

Pianist Corinna Söller was born in Bremen. Moving to Berlin at the age of fourteen, she subsequently studied the piano with Ingeborg Peukert, Georg Sava and György Sebök and Lied Interpretation with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Aribert Reimann, graduating with the Germany's highest musical qualification, the Konzertexam.

Corinna Söller has received numerous awards, including at the Paula-Salomon-Liedwettbewerb and the Concorso Internationale di Terni. Known for the sensitivity of her interpretations and her multi-faceted repertoire (including new arrangements of both classical and non-classical compositions), she is much in demand as a pianist, playing at such important festivals as the Berliner Festwochen, the Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgart and the Internationales Musikfest Davos with such artists as Rolando Villazón, Matthias Görne, Juliane Banse, Stella Doufexis, Brigitte Geller, Emil Rovner, Hartmut Rohde and the "Bolivar Soloists". Proof of her great expressiveness can be heard on her numerous recordings for radio, television and CD.

 

 

Florian Kellerhals, violin

 

Florian Kellerhals, born in Switzerland, played in renowned ensembles like the Kammerorchester Basel, Camerata Bern or the Camerata Lysy. As a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster he played a.o. with Frans Brüggen, Thomas Zehetmair, Astor Piazzolla, Heinz Holliger and Fabio Biondi throughout Scandinavia and Middle Europe, made CD and radio recordings. Since 1993 he was concertmaster of the Symphonic Orchestra Stavanger (Norway). He also performs at Jazz Festivals, improvises on the electric violin and develops new instrumental techniques together with modern composers. In 2007 in Buenos Aires, he studied Argentine Tango with Fernando Suarez Paz (the violinist of Piazzola's last Quintet).

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