Artists & projects

Saleem Ashkar ‐ Piano

Berlin based Israeli-Palestinian pianist Saleem Ashkar made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 22 and has since gone on to work with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Fabio Luisi, Lawrence Foster, Jakub Hrůša, and Riccardo Chailly — with whom he has recorded and appeared at the Proms and Lucerne Festivals.
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Pablo Barragán ‐ Clarinet

"This evening it was Pablo Barragán who cast a spell on his audience. In addition to his perfect playing in all respects, it was just his soulful tone, which held in breath."
Westdeutsche Zeitung in October 2019
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Beethoven Orchester Bonn

The Beethoven Orchester Bonn is the driving force of music life in the city of Bonn. Under its general music director, Dirk Kaftan, is getting the anniversary year of its namesake off to a highly innovative and individual start. More than 80 concerts in 12 concert series at a wide range of venues in Bonn will offer listeners musical discoveries, enjoyment and surprises.
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Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra dates back to 1765 and is thus one of the world’s oldest orchestras. Chief Conductor is Edward Gardner. The Orchestra las visited Germany in April 2019.
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Bonn Opera House

The Bonn Theatre offers own opera and theatre productions and serves as a host for international dance performances, concerts, lectures and special events and thus plays an important part in the cultural life in Bonn and the surrounding area. On the 1st of January 2020, the Bonn Opera House will promptly open Beethoven’s anniversary year with a highly charged production of the opera FIDELIO (Musical Director: Dirk Kaftan).
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Marcus Bosch ‐ Conductor

Marcus Bosch is one of the most prominent figures in the German conducting scene – and a much-sought-after guest conductor across the world. He works as a full professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (HMTM), is Artistic Director of the Heidenheim Opera Festival, conductor-in-residence with the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock and principal guest conductor with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Konstanz.
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Marc Bouchkov ‐ Violin

Marc Bouchkov’s artistry is driven by expression. His violin playing is grounded not only in a thorough knowledge of the score, the historical content and the authenticity of the interpretation, but also in his belief that performance is a way to communicate directly with his listeners. The closeness of the violin’s sound to the human voice is his inspiration for expressing feelings and emotions in music, turning these into a musical experience for the audience.
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Virgil Boutellis-Taft ‐ CD project "Incantation"

Music with a magical effect: for his new album "Incantation", French violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft has set out to find compositions in which his instrument can be heard as a sounding sorceress and conjurer.
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Chamber Orchestra of Europe

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians who became acquainted as part of the European Community Youth Orchestra (now EUYO). There are now about 60 members of the COE (including a dozen founding members), who pursue parallel careers as principals or section leaders of nationally-based orchestras, as eminent chamber musicians, and as tutors of music.
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Mirijam Contzen ‐ Violin

The German-Japanese violinist Mirijam Contzen is highly esteemed by the international musical world as a soloist, chamber musician, festival director and professor. Her playing unites grandeur and technical mastery in the realisation of sophisticated and polished performances.
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Diogenes Quartet ‐ String Quartet

Founded in Munich in 1998, these four musical idealists focus on performing unknown and contemporary compositions. In 2019 they released their first part of String Quartets by Friedrich Gernsheim. In March 2020 their recording of Max Reger’s String Sextet F Major, op. 118 and Clarinet Quintet A Major op. 146 will be released on cpo.
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Dresden Philharmonic

The Dresden Philharmonic can look back on a 150-year-tradition as the orchestra of Saxony’s capital Dresden. Starting with the 2019-20 season, Marek Janowski will return as principal conductor and artistic director to the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.
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