LUX:NM contemporary music ensemble berlin is a soloist ensemble for new music that has rapidly developed into an internationally soughtafter ensemble.
Saxophonist Ruth Velten and accordionist Silke Lange founded the ensemble in 2010 with the goal of creating self designed and varied concert programmes with a flexible instrumentation.
Working without a conductor, the ensemble dedicates itself to the performance of con temporary music as well as to initiating the creation of new works, by regularly commis sioning them. Through intensive ensemble work and close collaborations with composers, the ensemble develops new projects in which electronics and genretranscending ideas very naturally find their place.
As indemand chamber musicians, who have also received awards at international competitions, the ensemble’s instrumentalists can regularly be found performing on im portant concert stages and as guests in new music festivals.
In their various selfproduced projects, the ensemble emphasizes on certain themes:
u.a. in<>between(international concert series since 2011), Effervescent Powder, Effervescent Powder or “Traces of Popular Musicality in New Music” (2011/2012), IM FOKUS Konzertreihe (seit 2013, ensemble in residence), LUXUS NEUE MUSIK (concert series since 2015), (F)LUX:NM (Fluxus concert in cooperation with the Staatsoper Berlin, 2015), Böse Büchse (collaboration with the artist group Club Real, 2015), HOME SWEET HOME - A Scenic Concert (concert series IM FOKUS, 2015), AARON S. (multimedia opera by Sławomir Wojciechowski, 2016), KAP HOORN (music theatre by Gordon Kampe, 2016), Diary, Random and Pickles (music theatre piece by Pierre Jodlowski, 2016).
Since 2013, LUX:NM is the ensemble in residence for the IM FOKUS concert series. Numerous radio productions (e.g., Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio Kultur) document the ensemble’s work.
The ensemble has appeared on CD recordings released by Wergo/Deutscher Musikrat EZM, DUX, GENUIN classics, among others.
2013/DUX - Porträt-CD Agnieska Stulginska
2015/Wergo - Porträt-CD Johannes Kreidler/Deutscher Musikrat
2016/GENUIN classics - LUXUS - ensemble works by P. Frick, G. Kampe, S. Rohloff, M. Marcoll and S. Nemtsov
Cast: Silke Lange (acc), Ruth Velten (sax), Florian Juncker (tbn), Małgorzata Walentynowicz (pf), Beate Altenburg (vc), Wolfgang Zamastil (vc)
Ruth Velten took a keen interest in music at an early age. Raised in a family of musicians, she received her earliest musical training on the piano at the age of four before later discovering the saxophone. After earning a degree in music, with a saxophone major, at Berlin’s University of the Arts (UdK) and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Köln, she subsequently completed a saxophone performance degree with honors (Konzertexamen) from the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin. She gained valuable musical insight in particular from Eberhard Feltz, William Forman, Jacques Ammon, Ib Hausmann and Cuarteto Casals. In her work and her choice of repertoire, Ruth Velten places special emphasis on original classical compositions as well as New Music for saxophone. The internationally acclaimed saxophonist is frequently praised in the press for her rich timbre and virtuoso playing. She attracted attention as a first-prize winner at national and international competitions, including the German Music Competition, the International Music Competition for Contemporary Music in Kraków, Poland, the Classic Music Award Switzerland and the International Chamber Music Competition in Almere, the Netherlands. In addition, she won a scholarship from the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt and Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. She regularly performs as a soloist as well as a chamber musician at renowned festivals, among them Warsaw Autumn, the World New Music Festival, the Ultraschall Festival Berlin, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Festival de México. She collaborates with various ensembles and orchestras, including Ensemble Modern, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, under leading conductors such as Péter Eötvös, Sakari Oramo, Ingo Metzmacher, Markus Stenz and John Storgårds. Ruth Velten regularly gives master classes and passes her expert knowledge on to young saxophonists at conservatories and universities, including the Hochschule für Musik Lübeck, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Columbia University in New York City and at Berlin’s University of the Arts. To encourage new works for saxophone, she works closely with composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Gordon Kampe, Fabien Lévy, Johannes Kreidler and Georg Katzer. Since 2013 she has been the director of the IM FOKUS concert series for New Music in Berlin, in which she undertakes New Music productions of her own. Ruth Velten is a founding member of Ensemble LUX:NM. Her discography includes recordings on the GENUIN classics label. Many of her performances have been broadcast on German stations BR, HR, SWR, Deutschlandfunk, NDR, WDR and rbb.
Florian Juncker studied trombone at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He received his first trombone lessons from Thomas Wiedermann at the Musikschule Neukölln. He called Florian's attention to the trombone's diverse technical potentials very early on and thus sparked Florian's interest in New Music and Jazz. Even before attending university, Florian had closely collaborated in numerous projects with the composer and bandleader Hannes Zerbe, as a duo, with his jazz orchestra Prokopätz, or in music for theatre. Later he would give concerts with, amongst others, the Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Resonanz, the Remix Ensemble as well as with Prague Modern. Together with accordionist Silke Lange he performs in the duo Lange Juncker. He is also a member of the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble. As an international concert player, Florian performed at the Prague Spring, Warschauer Herbst, Lucerne, Eurosonic and Ostrava Days festivals
Silke Lange studied accordion at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, after having first been taught by Dieter Faulian in her hometown of Neubrandenburg. The centre of her musical interest is New Music. She gave concerts at e.g., the festival for New Music Ultraschall and at MaerzMusik in Berlin, at the Internationale Ferienkursen für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, at the Mosel Musikfestival, the Oberstdorfer Musiksommer, the Festival Mitte Europa as well as at Young Euro Classic. She regularly appears in theatre productions at Deutsches Theater Berlin, Berliner Festspiele and at the HAU. In 2010/2011, she performed in “Kein Schiff wird kommen”, directed by Frank Abt at Deutsches Theater, and in 2011 in “Le Savali: Berlin”, directed by Lemi Ponifasio at Berliner Festspiele. Silke is a member of the ensemble for New Music continuum and co-founded the ensemble for New Music LUX:NM together with saxophonist Ruth Velten. Together with trombonist Florian Juncker she performs in the duo Lange Juncker.
Małgorzata Walentynowicz Born in Gdańsk (Poland). Małgorzata Walentynowicz won the 1st Prize at the 37th Gaudeamus Interpreters’ Competition in Amsterdam (2009) and 1st Prize at the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music Competition in Buffalo, New York (2010). For her interpretations of contemporary music, she was also granted a scholarship for excellency in performance from the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music. Nominated for 2017 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award in Rotterdam. She graduated from the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, and from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, where she obtained an honours degree in the interpretation of contemporary music after studies with Nicolas Hodges. Currently she dedicates her performing work to new music as a soloist, in ensembles, and with orchestras. She increasingly takes part in projects with multimedia, performance art, and elements of music theatre. As a soloist she has appeared notably with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus, the New Music Orchestra, Illinois Modern Ensemble, and Neofonia Ensemble. Małgorzata Walentynowicz has performed both as a soloist and as a chamber musician in festivals and venues such as Ultraschall Berlin, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik Rainy Days in Luxembourg, Eclat in Stuttgart, European Weeks Festival in Passau, Warsaw Autumn Festival, ISCM World Music Days, the Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Acht Brücken Festival Cologne, Tzlil Meudcan Tel Aviv, Cairo Contemporary Music Days. Małgorzata Walentynowicz performs with Ensemble Garage Köln and LUX:NM Berlin.
Wolfgang Zamastil studied violoncello at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Wilfried Tachezi and Clemens Hagen, and later in Berlin with Michael Sanderling and Jens Peter Mainz. He further followed courses with e.g. Heinrich Schiff, Jürgen Geise, with the Ensemble Modern and the Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Pierre Boulez. Wolfgang's diverse interests range from New Music, electronics, new concert forms and music theatre, to Tango Nuevo and current, non-commercial rock and pop music. Within these contexts he takes on the role of interpreter, composer, as well as initiator or educator. He works with, amongst others, the Semperoper Dresden, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Ensemble Modern, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Ensemble Intercontemporain Paris, the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, the Ensemble Adapter Berlin and the Asasello Quartett, the music publisher Varner München, and also, on a regular basis, with the New York choreographer Richard Siegal and the stage directors Christian Grammel and Sebastian König. His self-initiated ensembles are continuum and Lab of Halo. In 2005, Wolfgang performed his solo debut with Dmitri Schostakowitsch's 1st cello concert with the Junge Philharmonie Salzburg and was awarded a stipend by the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie, Frankfurt. In Spain and Austria, Wolfgang also taught courses on composition. Discography: Since 2003 Wolfgang released five CD productions with his own music, Inicio (own production)
Beate Altenburg studied violoncello in Detmold and Essen with Prof. Christoph Richter and as a scholarship holder of the DAAD in London at the Royal Academy of Music. In the course of her engagement with New Music she worked with, amongst others, the composers Cristóbal Halffter, György Kurtág, Vakhtang Kakhidze, Sofia Gubaidulina, Luis de Pablo, Peteris Vasks and Peter Maxwell Davies. Beate gave concerts with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester (today Konzerthausorchester). She was the solo cellist of the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid for a few years and collaborated with the Plural Ensemble. At present she is working with the Staatskapelle Berlin. She performed the late cello concerts by Franz Xaver Neruda for the very first time, with the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau under the direction of Golo Berg. The recordings of these performances, recorded by Deutschlandradio and released on CD by cpo, are the only currently available of the works. Together with pianist Cameron Roberts, Beate recorded forgotten opera fantasias for Deutschlandradio. A CD with contemporary compositions for cello is available on the Arte Nova record label.
Olga Holdorff wurde in Berlin geboren und studierte Violine an der UdK Berlin bei Prof. Jan Tomes und Prof. Tomasz Tomaszewski und an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ in Leipzig bei Prof. Mariana Sirbu und Prof. Lothar Strauß. Sie spielte u.a. an der Komischen Oper Berlin, am Staatstheater Braunschweig, an der Staatsoper Hannover, bei den Berliner Sinfonikern, Brandenburger Sinfonikern sowie in verschiedenen Kammermusikformationen u.a. mit dem Miranda Quartett beim Infektions Festival für neues Musiktheater an der Staatsoper Berlin und bei der Ensemble Modern Sommerakademie auf Paxos. Sie war für die Barenboim-Said-Foundation in Palästina tätig und lehrte mehrere Monate für „el sistema“ in Venezuela, geördert durch den Deutschen Musikrat und das Goethe-Institut. Sie ist Gründerin des Berlin Music Ensemble (www.berlin-music-ensemble.com). Das Orchester hat sich auf Einspielungen spezialisiert und tritt mit renommierten Künstlern auf.
Biliana Voutchkova ist eine engagierte Solo/Kammermusikerin und Improvisatorin: mit großer Hingabe interpretiert, komponiert und improvisiert sie vor allem im Bereich der Neuen Musik und in experimentellen Klang und Bewegungs-Projekten. Biliana war bereits weltweit auf zahlreichen Konzertreihen und Festivals zu hören. Sie lebt in Berlin und arbeitet mit Tänzern, Komponisten, und mit verschiedenen musikalischen Partnern zusammen.