BERLIN ACADEMY PROFESSORS & FACULTY

Anita Rennert

Concert Guitarist / Conductor
Director of the Julius-Stern-Institute of Berlin University of the Arts
Prof. Anita Rennert studied guitar and music education at the Vienna Conservatory and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Since 1994 she has been a lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts. As part of her diverse music education work, she taught at the Vienna Conservatory, at the Music School City West Berlin (formerly Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf) and at the Lausitz University of Applied Sciences. She has led numerous training events and published in various specialist journals. Prof. Anita is a regular member of the jury and chairs the jury at numerous competitions. Many of her students are prizewinners in well-known competitions. Anita Rennert has been the director of the renowned Julius Stern Institute for the promotion of young musicians at the Berlin University of the Arts since 2010.

Gert Von Bülow

Concert Cellist
Professor at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Rostock, Germany
Original from Copenhagen, Gert von Bülow gave his first recital aged six and studied later at the Royal College of Music. After getting his diploma and giving his debut in Copenhagen, he continued his studies with Gregor Piatigorsky in Los Angeles and Pierre Fournier in Geneva. His career started as soloist and chamber musician at festivals in Europe, Brazil, Canada and The far East. He went on giving concerts together with artists like Paul Badura-Skoda, Nelson Freire, David Geringas, Elly Ameling, Jerzy Semkow, Jean-Pierre Wallez, Jörg Demus, Detlev Kraus, Karl Leister, Jeremy Menuhin, Norman Shettler, Gil Shaham and many others. He has recorded numerous pieces for the Danish Radio, amongst which there are many first performances of works especially written for him by Danish composers like Vagn Holmboe, Yngve Jan Trede, Poul Rovsing Olsen or Svend Westergaard. He played for records works by Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Anton Rubinstein and contemporary Danish composers.

Prof. Marlene Ito

Concert Violinist
Principal of the 2nd Violin Prestigious Berlin Philharmonic
Ito has participated as a soloist with orchestras such as the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony, the National Radio Orchestra of Ireland, the Berliner Symphoniker, Hamburger Symphoniker and the Kammerakademie Potsdam She is a member of the Varian Fry Quartet which has performed in Asia, the United States and Europe. She is also a member of the Faculty of Strings at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Prof. Moyi

Concert Violinist
Professor at the University of Arts Berlin

Prof. MoYi teaches violin performance at the Berlin University of the Arts. She is 1st solo violinist with The Danish Sinfonietta. As Associate Professor she teaches at the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, Denmark. Concert tours and master classes have taken her to Asia, Israel, Russia, Europe and Scandinavia.
She conduct Masterclass all over the world such as Germany, Denmark, France, Norway, Japan, Korean, China and jury member at many international competitions.

Prof. Frank Immo Zichner

Steinway Artist
UDK University of the Arts Berlin, Germany

Frank-Immo Zichner is a pianist with an extraordinarily wide repertoire. Many of his CDs and concert programmes include the works of often unjustly forgotten composers. For some of his around 25 CD recordings, Frank-Immo Zichner has been awarded The German Record Critic’s Award and Supersonic Award and the Diapason Découverte.

 His concerts led him to over 30 countries in Europe, South East Asia, Central and South America, to Japan. As a soloist he played with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and Staatskapelle Schwerin among others. Since 2011, Frank-Immo Zichner has taught at Berlin University of the Arts, Visiting Professor at the University of Music in Bloomington (USA), and jury member at many international competitions.

Virginie Gout Zschabitz

Concert Harpist
Principal Harpist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany
She started learning the harp at the age of ten in Bordeaux, France, and later in Conservatoire in Marseille, Versailles and Nantes. In 1989, Virginie went to the Juilliard School with Nancy Allen. After graduating in 1993, she went back to Europe and study with Marie Pierre Langlamet (principal harpist of the Berlin Philharmonie).

Prof. Christina Fassbender

Concert Flutist
Professor at the University of Arts Berlin
Christina Fassbender studied with Prof. Jean-Claude Gerard in Stuttgart and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Prof. Michael-Martin Kofler. In addition to scholarships (Study Foundation of the German People, Federal President's Scholarship at the German University Competition, Villa musica, Mainz), she won several prizes, including: the prize of the German Music Competition 2001. As a soloist, she has performed with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Beethovenhalle Bonn Orchestra and the Komische Oper Berlin Orchestra, among others.

Friederike Roth

Concert Clarinettist
Principal Clarinettist at the Berlin University of the Arts
Friederike Roth is one of the most distinguished clarinettists in German musical life. She teaches clarinet, woodwind chamber music and clarinet playing methodology at the Berlin University of the Arts. Friederike Roth received her clarinet training from renowned personalities, including Ralph Manno, François Benda, Karl-Heinz Steffens and Karl Leister. etc. She is still active in various symphony and opera orchestras. Friederike Roth is the director of the Berolina Ensemble, which focuses on expanding the traditional ensemble repertoire.

Julia Rebekka Brembeck-Adler

Concert Violist
Professor at the University of Arts Berlin

The winner of the Mendelssohn Bartholdy Competition studied with Kim Kashkashian, Johannes Lüthy, Wolfram Christ, Christoph Poppen, Walter Levin, Juri Bashmet and Hartmut Rohde, among others. She is a former member of the Kuss Quartet and the Viardot Piano Quartet, a founding member of the Berlin Soloist Octet and was deputy solo violist with the Munich Philharmonic for many years. Her musical partners include the pianists José Gallardo and Jascha Nemtsov, with whom she discovers forgotten works by Jewish composers. Her repertoire covers a wide musical spectrum, which is reflected in her internationally acclaimed CDs.

Bettina Spreitz-Rundfeldt

Concert Vocalist
UDK University of the Arts Berlin, Germany

After studying school music and Romance languages, Bettina Spreitz-Rundfeldt began studying singing with Charlotte Lehmann in Hanover and continued at the HdK Berlin with Irmgard Hartmann-Dressler. She received particular impulses for her artistic work in the song classes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Aribert Reimann and in master classes by Julia Hamari and Helmut Rilling.
In the oratorio she sang the great alto parts from the baroque to classical modernism and also worked as a lieder singer in various chamber music formations, e.g. with the Mondrian Quartet Hannover and the Minguet Quartet. She sang numerous premieres of well-known contemporary composers such as Isabel Mundry, Hans-Peter Kyburz and Gösta Neuwirth and was a guest at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Vienna Festival Weeks, the Styriarte Graz, the Days of New Music Zurich and the Berlin Festival Weeks, among others.
The respiratory therapist and respiratory educator, trained by Erika Kemmann at the Institute for Breathing Science in Berlin, works in the area of ​​breathing and body work with singers and anyone interested in individual lessons and in groups, expanded since 2015 by teaching in the area of ​​Breath-Tonus-Ton ® according to Maria Höller- Zangenfeind in workshops and individual work with singers and speakers.

Sivan Magen

Concert Hapist
Professor of harp at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin
The Israeli harpist Sivan Magen will be appointed professor of harp at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin at the beginning of the summer semester 2023. The appointment of this top-class artist is a great gain for the future education of harpists at the Eisler. His "brilliant sound and remarkable technical acumen shatter any stereotype of his instrument", the New York Times wrote about him. With this professorship, Sivan Magen succeeds Prof. Maria Graf, who has taught at the Eisler since 1997.
As a soloist, Sivan Magen has performed in the USA, South America, Europe and Israel. An avid chamber musician, he has performed at the Marlboro, Kuhmo, Giverny and Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festivals and collaborated with artists such as Nobuko Imai, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Gary Hoffman, Emmanuel Pahud, Susanna Phillips and members of the Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets. He is a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project and Trio Tre Voci (with flutist Marina Piccinini and violist Kim Kashkashian). His two solo albums for Linn Records and his recordings with ICP (for Azica) and with Tre Voci (ECM) have been critically acclaimed, and his recording with tenor Nicholas Phan (Avie) was listed as "Best of 2012" in the New York Times.

Trio Egmont

Trio Ensemble
Gilad Katznelson (Piano), Luiza Labouriau (Violin), Martin Knörzer (Cello)
Founded in autumn 2019 by musicians based in Berlin and Leipzig, Trio Egmont combines historical awareness, radical freedom and a delicate sense of sound with an explosive joy of music making. In summer 2021, Trio Egmont won first prize at the first international competition “Beethoven in his time” for chamber music on historical instruments, winning also the special prize for an exceptional performance of a piece by Ferdinand Ries. The award also includes a new collaboration with the CD label NAXOS.
Tickling the ivories on his beloved fortepianos, Gilad Katznelson particularly contributes to the free sense of tempo and the plasticity of the ensemble, inspired by his studies in Basel and Frankfurt, and by old, rare recordings dating back to the childhood of musical recording. His intuitive feeling for the nature of the fortepiano invites his fellow players and the audience to dream themselves far from the hectic reality of modern everyday life.
The violinist Luiza Labouriau is characterised by a remarkably beautiful sound, freedom in musical communication, a great deal of fantasy and an unusual emotional depth in her playing. With her high energy and special stage presence, she wishes to continually reinvent the limits of what music can communicate and to discover new ways of delivering musical stories from the early baroque to contemporary artworks.
The virtuoso cellist Martin Knörzer connects the players of the trio with one another through his unique feeling for musical communication, teamwork and balance. Through many years as a chamber musician, Martin has developed a special sensitivity for harmony musical rhetoric, and thereby opens the dams of inspiration to his fellow players and the audience. Martin Knörzer also loves to play concerts on modern and historical keyboard instruments from time to time.

Pianist / Collaborative Pianist

Prof. Yoriko Ikeya-Fuchino

Concert Pianist
UDK University of the Arts Berlin, Germany

Mr. Ken Nakasako

Concert Pianist
UDK University of the Arts Berlin, Germany

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