Eleonore Büning

Dr. Eleonore Büning has been writing about music since the late 1980s. She worked for the taz, the Weltoche, the Rheinischer Merkur as well as for the radio. In 1994 she became music editor for the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, and from 1997 to 2017 she has been music editor for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In addition, Eleonore Büning has been active since 2011 as chairman of the award for German record critics.


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Oliver Wille

Oliver Wille was born in Berlin and studied at several universities in Germany (Berlin and Cologne) and USA (Indiana University and New England Conservatory).
As a co-founder of the international acclaimed Kuss-Quartet he started a very active chamber music life at fairly young age. Among his teachers were Eberhard Feltz, Christoph Poppen, Walter Levin, members of Cleveland and Alban Berg Quartet, as well as György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados.
Oliver has played in several orchestra projects with the Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin under Christian Thielemann, Sinfonieorchester des Hessischen Rundfunks Frankfurt, Camerata Bern or Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding and Andris Nelsons.

An important part of his life became teaching. He got appointed as a chamber music professor at the University for Music, Drama & Media Hannover in October 2011, teaching an international quartet class as well as working with individual students of the school. Since October 2014 he serves as the International Chair in Violin and the leader of newly founded string quartet academy at Birmingham Conservatory, UK.

Oliver writes program notes and CD booklets and holds lecture recitals such as the “Explica“ series of the Kuss Quartet in Hamburg, Hannover and Heidelberg.
Since 2012 he serves as the vize president and artistic advisor of the Chamber Music Society Hannover, further he works as artistic director at a new string quartet festival in Frankfurt. From 2016 on, he will become Artistic Director of the Festival Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker.

Daniel Heide

Daniel Heide grew up and studied piano in Weimar. He soon concentrated on the work with singers and chamber music performances, receiving inspiration from master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Thomas Quasthoff and Christa Ludwig. Numerous lieder recitals and chamber concerts all over Europe are proof of his intensive concert activities. In addition to his regular work with singers such as Stella Doufexis, Ingeborg Danz, Britta Schwarz, Roman Trekel and Andrè Schuen he has accompanied lieder recitals with Christoph Pregardien, Simone Kermes, Luca Pisaroni, Ruth Ziesak and Anna Lucia Richter. Among his chamber music partners are Tabea Zimmermann, Antje Weithaas, Barbara Buntrock, Julian Steckel and Isang Enders. As an orchestral musician he performed with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Dresden Philhamonic, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra among others. One key element in Daniel Heide’s career as accompanist is the establishment of the concert series “The lyrical salon – lieder recitals at Schloss Ettersburg”. The Franz Liszt prizewinner teaches at the conservatoires of Berlin (the “Hanns Eisler”) and Weimar (the “Franz Liszt”).

L'Arpeggiata © Michael Uneffer


Founded in 2000, L’Arpeggiata is an outstanding ensemble directed by Christina Pluhar. Its members are some of today’s best soloists and in addition they work in collaboration with some exceptional singers from the baroque and the traditional music worlds. Their aim is to revive an almost unknown repertoire and to focus their artistic work especially from the beginning of the 17th century.

The bases of L’Arpeggiata are instrumental improvisations, a different approach to singing centred on the development of vocal interpretation influenced by traditional music, and the creation and staging of attractive shows.

L’Arpeggiata has participated in the festivals such as in Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Printemps des Arts de Nantes, Pfingstfestspiele Melk, Festival de St Michel-en-Thierache, Festival de Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Brugge Musica Antica, Poissy, St Petersburg, Moscow, Philharmonie Köln, Paris Salle Gaveau, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Musikfestspiele Postdam, Händelfestspiele Halle, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, RuhrTriennale, Istanbul International Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space and New York Carnegie Hall – among many others.

Christina Pluhar © Marco Borggreve

Christina Pluhar

Christina Pluhar, founder and artistic director of the L’Arpeggiata, discoverd – after classical guitar studies at the University of her hometown Graz – her deep affinity for Renaissance and Baroque music.
She devoted herself to the studies of the lute, theorbo, baroque guitar and baroque harp at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Netherlands) with Toyohiko Satoh and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) with Hopkinson Smith and at the Schuola Civica di Milano (Italy) with Mara Galassi.
Her repertoire includes music of the Renaissance and Baroque for lute, baroque guitar, archlute, theorbo and baroque harp, where she excelled as soloist.

In 1992 studies she moved to Paris, where she performed as a soloist and continuo player in with ensembles including La Fenice, Hesperion XXI, Il Giardino Armonico, Concerto Soave, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Cantus Cölln amongst others. As a continuo player, she is sought by orchestras under the direction of René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton and Alessandro di Marchi.

From 1993, she conducted master classes at Graz University, and from 1999 has served as professor of Baroque harp at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Jonathan Ware

Sought after as a song accompanist and chamber musician, over the last year Jonathan Ware has given recitals at Wigmore Hall (with Golda Schultz, Robin Tritschler, and Brenda Rae), the Aldeburgh Festival and at Boulez Saal Berlin.  He collaborated with the Vogler Quartet, with the young trombonist Peter Moore in a tour sponsored by the European Concert Hall Organisation, and with oboist Olivier Stankiewicz in the US, appearing at the Morgan Library in New York to critical acclaim.  He has also recorded for Berlin Classics with baritone Ludwig Mittelhammer, for Primo Classic with  Luca Pisaroni, and Warner with Elsa Dreisig.

Engagements in the 2019 – 2020 season include a European tour with soprano Elsa Dreisig, repeat engagements at Wigmore Hall London, as well as important debuts at Weill Hall at Carnegie with Golda Schultz, La Scala Milan with Bejun Mehta, The Kennedy Center with Brenda Rae, as well as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Robin Tritschler. He also returns to the Heidelberger Frühling Festival with Bejun Mehta and Ludwig Mittelhammer, as well as the Verbier Festival.

Jonathan teaches at the Hochschule ‘Hanns Eisler’ and Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin and is a regular guest for masterclasses at the Samling Foundation, as well as a staff member at the Verbier Festival.  He studied at the Eastman School of Music, Juilliard School and the Hochschule ‘Hanns Eisler’. Awards include 1st Prize in the Hugo Wolf Competition and the Pianist’s Prize at the Das Lied and Wigmore Hall Song Competitions.

Wolfam Rieger © Daniel Pasche

Wolfram Rieger

Even during his studies he began teaching at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik until in 1991 he started his own Lieder class for singers and pianists  In 1998 he became Professor of a Lied class at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler”. Wolfram Rieger regularly holds masterclasses in Europe and Japan.

Wolfram Rieger is a regular guest artist at many  important music centres and festivals throughout the world,  including the Schubertiade Feldkirch, Schubertiada a Vilabertran, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Châtelet, London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Munich Festivals, Konzerthaus Berlin and Kölner Philharmonie. He appears both as recital accompanist and chamber musician with such renowned artists as Brigitte Fassbaender, Christiane Karg, Thomas Hampson, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Matthias Goerne,  Thomas Quasthoff, Michael Schade, The Cherubini Quartet, The Vogler Quartet , The Petersen Quartet among many others.

A prolific recording artist, Mr. Rieger  is well-represented on numerous CDs., many of which received various awards.  Awards and distinctions include the honorary medal of the Associació Franz Schubert de Barcelona.