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, Bayreuther Festspiele, Ultraschall Berlin, Ruhrtriennale, NOW! Essen, TransArt Bolzano, at a residency at Harvard University, on tour in Lebanon, Melbourne, Singapore, Shanghai, Tel Aviv 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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Daniel 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.

Claudia Chan_ Piano
Proclaimed the “New Ambassador for New Music” at the age of 20 after winning the 33rd Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition for Contemporary Performance, Claudia Chan still enjoys playing contemporary music just over half of a decade later, not in the least because it’s brought her to exciting venues all over North America and Europe, as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. From 2017-2020, Claudia has been named Artist in Residence of the contemporary music department at the famed Fondation Royaumont in France, where she will organize and present concerts, interdisciplinary projects, and give a series of lecture-recitals on contemporary piano music. For her work, she has been featured in an episode of CBC’s Next! as one of 8 up-and-coming young musicians from Canada, been profiled by the Huffington Post, and awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Deutsche Musikrat, and the Dörken Stiftung. Since relocating to Germany, she has founded the award-winning new music quartet BRuCH, who have been invited to play at major festivals and profiled by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk and Deutschlandfunk. She has been heard as soloist and chamber musician at the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Acht Brücken Festival (Cologne), the musikFabrik (Cologne), the MATA Festival (New York City), the Klangspuren Schwaz Festival, the Festival Musica Strasbourg, the 21C Festival (Toronto), the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the New Creations Festival (Toronto), the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, and PianoCity Milano. Claudia has worked closely with such composers as Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders, Philippe Leroux, Hans Thomalla, Unsuk Chin, Johannes Schöllhorn, Vassos Nicolaou, Brian Current, and Alice Ho, and been the dedicatee of works by many young, exciting composers. Her work has been heard on all major German radio stations. Claudia completed her undergraduate studies at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, as a Dean’s scholarship student studying with David Louie and John Perry, her Master’s of Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Prof. Dr. Florence Millet, and graduated with highest honours from the Master’s of New Piano Music in the class of Prof. Pierre-Laurent Aimard. In fall 2018, Claudia joined the piano faculty of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.

Heni Kim_ Clarinet
Heni Hyunjung Kim, born in Seoul, South Korea, completed her Clarinet diploma studies with distinction at the Musikhochschule Köln, before going on to study “Master of Music Performance” and “Master in Contemporary Music” under at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen. In the year 2016/2017, she won a scholarship to the International Ensemble Modern Akademie Frankfurt. In 2013 she was a member of Ensemble Folkwang Modern, who won the prize for interpretation performing Stockhausen’s “Mikrophonie I” at the Stockhausen courses in Kürten. Furthermore, she took part in numerous national and international festivals and projects, including Manifeste2018 Paris, Witterner Musiktage, Time of Music Festival Viitasaari, Gaudeamus Muziekweek Utrecht, International Summer Courses for Contemporary Music Darmstadt, KunstFestSpiele Hannover, ‘NOW’Festival Essen and Daegu Contemporary Music Festival in South-Korea. She regularly works together and has collaborated with composers like Helmut Lachenmann, Dieter Schnebel, Gerhard Stäbler, Johannes Schöllhorn, Heiner Goebbels, Kunsu Shim, Gordon Kampe.
She performs frequently with a variety of ensembles and in different formations: She is a founding member of the contemporary ensemble S201, Ensemble consord and in addition to regular solo recital she makes interdisciplinary collaborations.

Jens Ruland_ Percussion
From 2007 to 2012, Jens Ruland studied percussion with Carlos Tarcha at the HfMT Cologne, graduating with distinction with artistic and teaching diplomas. He continued his studies with Christian Dierstein in Basel and obtained a diploma with distinction. He has appeared in many world premieres and has played with ensembles including Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Resonanz, Schlagquartett Köln, Ensemble Proton or Klangforum Wien. His work in various ensemble and chamber music formations has brought him together with composers such as Georg Friedrich Haas, Georges Aperghis, Enno Poppe, Carola Bauckholt, Michael Maierhof, Pierluigi Billone and Younghi Pagh-Paan. His solo repertoire encompasses new and the newest works for solo percussion, electroacoustic compositions and music theatre works. His is a founding member of hand werk (Cologne), Ensemble New4Art (Switzerland) and the music theatre duo Akt-tkA (Spain/Switzerland). He is co-author of “The Techniques of Percussion Playing”, which is published by Bärenreiter.

Niklas 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.