Daniel Libeskind

An international figure in architecture and urban design, the architect Daniel Libeskind is renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory and is informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, and literature. Mr. Libeskind aims to create architecture that is resonant, original, and sustainable. Born in Lód’z, Poland, in 1946, Mr. Libeskind immigrated to the United States as a teenager and, with his family, settled in the Bronx. After studying music in New York and Israel on an American-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, he developed into a musical virtuoso, before eventually leaving music to study architecture. He received his professional degree in architecture from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1970 and a postgraduate degree in the history and theory of architecture from the School of Comparative Studies at Essex University in England in 1972.

Daniel Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Daniel Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Daniel Libeskind’s practice is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural and commercial projects internationally. The Studio has completed buildings that range from museums and concert halls to convention centers, university buildings, hotels, shopping centers and residential towers.

As Principal Design Architect for Studio Libeskind, Mr. Libeskind speaks widely on the art of architecture in universities and professional summits. His architecture and ideas have been the subject of many articles and exhibitions, influencing the field of architecture and the development of cities and culture. Mr. Libeskind lives in New York with his wife and business partner, Nina Libeskind.

In addition to the New York headquarters, Studio Libeskind has European partner offices based in Zürich, Switzerland.

Theresa Pilsl

Theresa Pilsl is a promising young soprano. In 2018 and 2019 she took part in the Lied Academy of Heidelberger Frühling and will come back in 2021 for a Fellow Concert. She was recently awarded the prestigious Emmerich Smola Förderpreis as part of the SWR Young Opera Stars 2020 programme. In this context the young soprano was also awarded the Prize of the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. This season she reprises her role as Ela Delahay with the Kammeroper München in the operetta Charleys Tante. In April she returns as a Fellow of the Lied Akademie to the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, where she will perform various recitals. Upcoming engagements include a Liederabend at Konzerthaus Blaibach, Bachs b-minor Mass with the Euridice Baroque Orchestra in Passau, and a Solorecital at the Tauberphilharmonie Weikersheim. In August 2018, Theresa won both the audience prize and the Vienna Konzerthaus prize at the 9th International Cesti Competition in Innsbruck. Later that year she was also awarded the special prize of the Walter Kaminsky-Stiftung at the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin. She was awarded the first prize at the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Junior, 2014. Further career highlights so far include, a Schubert-Liederabend at the Pierre-Boulez-Saal, Berlin with Wolfram Rieger, a solo recital at the Vienna Konzerthaus, with the Impulsia Ensemble (both 2019), Bach Magnificat and Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noêl with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Kent Nagano (2017). Theresa is alumna and scholar of the Heidelberger Frühling Festival Lied Akademie having worked with Thomas Hampson, Graham Johnson and Hartmut Höll (2018/19) and the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie 2019, where she worked closely with Edith Wiens, Malcolm Martineau and Brigitte Fassbänder. Since April 2018, she has been a scholar of the Yenudi Menuhin Live Music Now e.V. She is a graduate of UDK Berlin having studied with Julie Kaufmann. In August 2019 she finished her Masters of Arts in Opera at the HfM Hanns Eisler Berlin with Anna Korondi, whilst studying medicine concurrently at the Charité Berlin, as well as being a fellow of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Maite Abasolo

Born in Bilbao (Spain) in 1991, she starts playing the viola at the age of 9 at the Municipal Conservatory of Leioa. She continued her university studies with Professor Ashan Pillai in Barcelona and then finished her master’s degree in interpretation at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg with Professor Wolfram Christ. Since early age, she has been a member of several youth orchestras such as the Youth Orchestra of Euskal Herria, the academy orchestra of the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and since 2016 is member of Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. As for professional experience, she has collaborated in her native country with orchestras such as the Symphonic Orchestra of Barcelona and National of Catalonia, Orchestra of Cadaqués, Symphonic Orchestra of Les Comarques Gironines. Besides, she was practitioner in the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg, and she has collaborating with orchestras like the European Philharmonic of Switzerland and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, among others. Maite Abasolo worked under the baton of directors such as Krzysztof Urbansky, Manfred Honeck, David Afkhan, Philippe Jordan, Daniel Harding or Riccardo Chailly. She received chamber master classes from quartet Casals, quartet Quiroga and Kennedy Moretti, among others, and she also has participated in several chamber concerts of the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and is a member of the Freiburg Kammersolisten.

Niklas Liepe

Dorothea Stepp

Steven Walter

Steven Walter is a cultural entrepreneur and performing cellist currently based in Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany. Born in 1986 and raised near Stuttgart, Steven was early to discover his passion for classical music. He started playing the cello at age 8 and soon began performing with various ensemble. After graduating, Steven studied the cello in Oslo and Detmold. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at many venues in Europe and throughout Skandinavia, and has received invitations to several international Festivals, e.g. International Chamber Music Festival, Egersund International Chamber Music Festival, Podium Festival Iceland, Idyllwild Festival, Markgräfler Herbst and Podiumfestivalen Haugesund. He is a member of the International Mahler Orchestra as well as founding member of the Badische Kammerphilharmonie.
Additionally to his performance career, Steven is a very engaged cultural entrepreneur and manager. He has founded and currently is artistic & managing director of the PODIUM Festival Esslingen (Germany), a very successful innovative European chamber music festival. In recognition of his work as an innovative music promoter he has received a prestigious ECHO Klassik Award in 2010 and nomination to Cultural Manager of the Year 2011. He regularly talks and writes on issues of concert design and cultural management.

Thomas Halle

Thomas Halle was born in 1984 in Berlin. During his studies at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch” he performed as Hamlet at the Deutsches Theater Berlin under the direction of Andreas Kriegenburg, and at BAT Studiotheater he starred in Sven Regener’s THE LITTLE BROTHER under the direction of Leander Haußmann and appeared in projects with the directors Robert Hartmann and David Czesienski. At the Theater Heidelberg, he also appeared in the film adaptation GEGEN DIE WAND, directed by Mareike Mikat.

From 2011 to 2015 he was part of the ensemble of the Staatstheater Karlsruhe. In March 2015, he was honored with the Günther Rühle Prize for his outstanding acting performances in ICH BEREUE NICHTS. Since 2015/16, Thomas Halle works as a freelance. Among others, he performed at the Schauspiel Stuttgart in DER STURM under the direction of Armin Petras.

Cosmos Quartet

Helena Satué, violin
Bernat Prat, violin
Lara Fernandez, viola
Oriol Prat, violincello

The Cosmos Quartet was established in 2014 from the friendship and mutual interests of four young Spanish musicians. Each of them has had an international trajectory as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.

They have received coaching from professors such as Alfred Brendel, Rainer Schmidt, Johannes Meissl, Hatto Beyerle, Miguel da Silva, Jonathan Brown, Anita Mitterer, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Patrick Jüdt and Quartetto di Cremona among others.

Despite the fact that it is a recently formed ensemble, the Cosmos Quartet has already gained an international career winning recently the First Prize at the 2018 Competition Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation in Heidelberg. In 2016 the quartet has been semifinalist in the string quartet speciality of the prestigious “Concurs de Genève” celebrated in the city of Geneva. They also achieve the Third Prize at the “Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition”, First Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition “Mirabent i Magrans” in Sitges and the “Kammermusik Preis” and “Artis Quartet Preis” both at the International Summer Academy ISA in August 2014.

Since the beginning, they have played at venues such as the “MUHBA” in Barcelona, “Fundación Juan March” in Madrid, “Auditorio Miguel Delibes” in Valladolid, Santa Cristina d’Aro Summer Music Festival as well as concerts in Austria during the “ISA 2014” and a Live broadcasted concert at the “ORF Kulturhaus” of Vienna.

They have been invited to participate at the “East Neuk Festival” in Edinburgh, at the “Festival de Monteleón” in León, and the “Académie Musicale de Villecroze” in France, held by Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartett) in 2015.

During the 2016-2017 season, Cosmos Quartet has been one of the selected groups to form part of “Joventuts Musicals de Catalunya”, having the opportunity to play in many places around Catalonia.

Currently they are former members at European Chamber Music Academy “ECMA” held by Hatto Beyerle and Johannes Meissl.

Among the upcoming projects, we stand out the concert in the festival “Emergents” during the 2017-2018 season in “l’ Auditori” of  Barcelona and a concert in Heidelberg Strichquartettfest 2019.

The quartet is based in Barcelona with the support of “Residència d’Investigadors de Catalunya” and Dr. Francesc Farré i Rius.

Cuarteto Cosmos

Christiane Peterlein

Christiane Peterlein studierte Musikwissenschaft, Italianistik und Literaturwissenschaft in Hamburg und Mainz mit mehreren Studienaufenthalten in Italien, u.a. am Deutsch Historischen Institut in Rom. Arbeitet heute als Redakteurin und Moderatorin für den Südwestrundfunk mit Schwerpunkt auf aktuelle Musikberichterstattung beim Magazin SWR2 Cluster und Künstlergesprächen. Sofern der Redaktionsplan es erlaubt, auch gern außerhalb des Funkhauses unterwegs als Reporterin und Moderatorin von Veranstaltungen, z.B. bei den Osterfestspielen Baden-Baden, den Donaueschinger Musiktagen, dem Streichquartettfest Heidelberg, dem Musikfest Stuttgart und Art’s Birthday Freiburg.