About

Christoph Stöber Stephanie Van Backlé Niklas Seidl Daniel Agi Heather Roche Jens Ruland

StefanieVanBackléStephanie van Backlé
Violin
Stefanie plays with the Brussels Philharmonic, travels frequently for chamber and contemporary music performances, is starting a new project M{usic}LAB and is a member of hand werk. She has soloed with orchestras including L’orchestre de la musique de chamber de Wallonie, BES Kamerorkest, Oost-Vlaams Symfonieorkest, the student orchestra of the Hogeschool voor Kunsten of Utrecht and the Orchestre Symphonique de Tournai. Stefanie has won several prices in national and international competitions, presenting herself as a violinist, as well as a pianist and a chamber musician.

ChristophStöberChristoph Stöber
Keys
went to pre-college from 2007-2010 and studied piano from 2010-2015 with Prof. Pavel Gililov at the “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln”. First prizes in competitions in Italy and Germany. Special-prize from the Irino Foundation for te best interpretation of a contemporary work. Since 2009 he is a member of the “Stuido MusikFabrik” and he is a founding member of hand werk. Ater winning some composition-competitons (Landeswettbewerb Jugend Komponiert 2003 and Bundeswettbewerb Komposition 2006) he got a commision by the MusikTriennale Köln. Performances and Broadcasts of his work in the Kölner Philharmonie and the WDR.

NiklasSeidlNiklas Seidl
Cello
Is a founding member of hand werk and leise dröhnung. He plays with the ensemble mosaik, ensemble chromoson and ensemble aisthesis.
He played with the Klangforum Wien, ensemble ascolta, musikFabrik, ensemble SMASH, Thürmchen Ensemble, Stuttgarter Vocalsolisten, ensemble SurPlus, HR broadcast symphony orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra etc.
As a composer active at Wien Modern, Lucerne Festival, Deutschlandfunk, WDR, Schloss Solitude and performed by exaudi London, SurPlus, Schlagquartett Köln, IEMA Franfurt, musikFabrik etc.
Prizes/Grants: Bernd-Alois-Zimmermann-Preis Cologne 2012, Staubach Honoraria Darmstadt 2012, Ensemblia-Competiton Mönchengladbach 2013, Schreyahn 2014 and Kunststiftung NRW 2015.
www.niklas-seidl.eu

HeatherRocheHeather Roche
Clarinet
was born in 1983 in Canada, studied in England and lives in Cologne. She has performed at some of the most important European festivals, including musikfest, Bachfest, Musica Nova, HCMF, Acht Brücken, CTM, Music Biennale Zagreb, und Agora. She’s also played solo concerts with and without live electronics in Montreal, Berlin, Boston, London, Copenhagen, Birmingham, New York, Vancouver, etc. She holds a PhD from the University of Huddersfield.

DanielAgiDaniel Agi
Flute
Fascinated by the endless abundance of aesthetics and challenges, the focus of Daniel’s work lies in the field of contemporary music. This led him, to several concerts in major festivals such as Acht Brücken – Musik für Köln, Zagreb Biennale and Wittener Tagen für Neue Kammermusik.
He studied flute in the conservatories of Cologne and Freiburg with Hans Martin Mueller and Prof. Robert Aitken. In 2006/2007, he was member of the International Ensemble Modern Academy, where he received his master’s degree in the performing of contemporary music.
Dedicated to both, the contemporary as well as the classical repertoire he is seen as guest musician with, among others, the Düsseldorf Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble musikFabrik as well as with his various chamber music groups. Apart from playing with hand werk, Daniel is a member of Hannover based Das Neue Ensemble.
As a lecturer, he has given workshops at Harvard University, Folkwang University Essen, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Singapur and others.
www.daniel-agi.de

JensRulandJens Ruland
Percussion
(b. 1988) obtained two diplomas in cologne between 2007 and 2012 with Carlos Tarcha. Since then he is living in Switzerland and continues his studies with Prof. Christian Dierstein at the HSM Basel. Specialized in contemporary music he has a wide solo repertory and as an ensemble player he is working with groups like musikFabrik, ensemble recherche, Klangforum Wien or ensemble proton. He is fixed and founding member with hand werk (cologne), New4Art (Switzerland), 232percussion (cologne) and Akt-tkA (Spain-Switzerland).

hand werk [`hand vɛrk]

Founded in 2011, the Cologne-based chamber music ensemble defends the values of sustainability and recycling throughout the music world. From the paper mountain of existing works, we salvage the finest materials for refining and reimagining. Using the Pierrot lineup, we not only pursue classically composed works for our own instruments, but add to our repertoire works for unconventional instruments, for example, common items (tables, balloons, etc.), voices, and electronic sound sources. hand werk focuses on unconducted chamber music, in order to not only present music to the public that is technically, but also musically enthralling. hand werk has been seen at festivals including the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Acht Brücken Köln, the Zagreb Biennale, the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, at a residency at Harvard University, on tour in Lebanon and as participants in various concert series in numerous European cities. In addition to this hand werk regularly performs their very own productions.

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