at HfMDK Frankfurt

Since 2011 I have been teaching my own cello class at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst (HfMDK) in Frankfurt, which has now grown and developed into a group of twelve BA and MA students as well as junior pupils. I place value on a well-founded training, including regular concerts, full class lessons and seminars on topics as stage fright, performance training and bodywork. I also invite everyone interested to visit and listen in my class.

Current projects are for example a workshop on Alfredo Piatti’s Caprices or additional weekend classes on topics such as stage fright, Alexander technique or breathing lessons with renowned guest lecturers. A main emphasis in musical education lays on inspiration that comes from inspirational musical personalities. Therefore we invited Professor Schwab to a master class in 2018 and Daniel Müller-Schott as a guest lecturer in 2019.

For 2020 several master classes and projects are planned: For instance a class with Professor Lucas Fels working on contemporary music for cello solo. In honour of the 200th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven students and professors plan to perform the complete oeuvre for piano and cello, contrasting the complete sonatas and variations for pianoforte and baroque cello with modern instruments.

Application deadline for the entrance exam ends on 1 April 2020. (Please take note that the inbox date is crucial not the postmark). For further information please go to our website: HfMDK

Master Classes 2020

Master Class Schloßakademie Hohenprießnitz,
10 – 15 March, 2020

It is my first invitation to this spectacular location, and I am looking forward to this event as well as the beautiful environment with its exceptional classrooms and practicing facilities. Not to forget the wonderful colleagues, with whom I am going to work with.

For further information and application see Schloßakademie Hohenprießnitz

Master Class Cellotage Kassel,
23 – 26 March, 2020 (cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic)

For the fifth time now I will be teaching the master class at the Cellotage Kassel together with Johannes Weber, Emanuel Wehse, Josef Schwab, Susanne Müller-Hornbach and Peter Wolf. The course will take place at the Kassel Music Academy. Once again Valentin Keogh has been invited for classes on Alexander technique.

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Musiktage Montabaur,
2 – 5 May, 2020 (cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic)

Within the context of the Musiktage Montabaur I will be teaching young musicians from the age of 14 at the Landesmusikgymnasium. The Musiktage Montabaur is a platform for young musicians and teachers of the HfMDK Frankfurt to meet and exchange ideas and experiences. This event is valuable for 1st price winners of Jugend Musiziert as an additional preparation for the national competition and offers orientation and insights into university life to participants, who consider a musical career.

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Master Class at Sommerakademie Leutkirch,
27 July – 6 August, 2020

Leutkirch is a beautiful village in the Allgäu Mountains. The class has an informal atmosphere and offers daily lessons with several possibilities for small concerts. I will teach together with Professor Roland Glassl and Professor Christoph Schickedanz.

For further information and application go to Sommerakademie Leutkirch

Master Class Schloßakademie Hohenprießnitz,
4 – 11 October, 2020

After the very successful first masterclass in March 2020 this is my second masterclass in the spectacular location with its beautiful environment, exceptional classrooms and practicing facilities. 

For further information and application see Schloßakademie Hohenprießnitz

Students’ Successes

Janis Marquard received the 2nd prize at the International Brahms Competition in 2018 and two special awards in the chamber music category for his performance as a member of the Arcon-Trio (together with David Marquard – violin and Julius Asal – piano).

Pauline Spiegel won the audition for the JdPH in 2017 as well as a one-year-internship at the Staatstheater Darmstadt for the 2017/2018 season. From the new season 2018/2019 on she has been a junior member (“Akademistin”) of the HR Symphony Orchestra after she played a successful audition.

Alexios Tassis won his audition for the EUYO in autumn 2017.

Rémi Wjuniski won the audition for the JdPH in 2017 and started a one-year-internship after a successful audition at the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz for the season 2018/2019.

Lucia Falcioni, Paul Winter and John Mackrenroth are both funded for two years by the Deutschlandstipendium.

Janis Marquard received a temporary contract for the orchestra of the Oper Frankfurt for the season 2019/2020.

Jonas Klepper won the audition for the orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in 2019.

Calvin Wong won the Hongkong-Italy Music Competition in 2018.

Julia Ottersbach, a former student, has a temporary contract with the Staatstheater Mainz since 2017.

Esdras Campos, a former student, is solo cellist of the Orchestra Bahia Blanca.