The Musicians

The Musicians

The members of the new baroque orchestra berlin are renowned freelance musicians from Berlin, Germany and Europe. The musicians are specialized for historical performance practice.

Whether in chamber music or as soloists – the musicians of the new baroque orchestra berlin combine their skills and experience and form this into a sound experience of the highest level.



© Achim Kleuker

– is the initiator, concertmaster and artistic director of the new baroque orchestra berlin.
Anna Barbara Kastelewicz received her musical training as a violinist at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Professor Yfrah Neamen and in additional studies of baroque violin with Rachel Podger. A further study visit took her to Professor Mauricio Fuks at Indiana University in Bloomington/Indiana in the USA.She is a much sought-after concertmaster of various ensembles and an active chamber musician. As a soloist with orchestra, she enjoys performing the concerti of Vivaldi, Nardini and Tartini.With the “BodeQuartett – Soloists of the new baroque orchestra berlin” she also dedicates herself to contemporary compositions in a historical performance



Arno Schneider | neues barockorchester berlin

© Arno Schneider

– studied church music in Stuttgart and Berlin and harpsichord with Christine Schornsheim in Leipzig.

He is a lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts and regularly performs with various well-known and renowned choirs and orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Arno Schneider performed under renowned conductors such as Kent Nagano, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Reinhard Goebel.

He is a member of the “new baroque trio berlin”.



©Jens Rötzsch

– studied viola da gamba with Achim Weigel in W√ľrzburg, Niklas Tr√ľstedt in Berlin and Hille Perl in Bremen.

She attended master classes with Jordi Savall, Paolo Pandolfo and Wieland Kuijken.

She performs concerts and makes radio and CD recordings with ensembles from all over Europe.

With her duo partner Mira Lange she works on the inexhaustible solo literature for viola da gamba.

Sarah Perl is a member of the viola da gamba consort Sirius Viols, with whom she has produced several CDs, and of the “new baroque trio berlin”.



© Sebastian Bolesch

– studied at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and at the Berlin University of the Arts with Prof. Jens Peter Maintz.

With her baroque cello studies with Phoebe Carrai and Markus M√∂llenbeck, she qualified for the master’s program “Instrumental Soloist Early Music”. She plays with the “Deutsche Kammervirtuosen” and devotes herself increasingly to new music on historical instruments with various ensembles. She is a member of the “Bode Quartett – Soloists of the new baroque orchestra berlin”.



© Klaus Neumann

Dmitry Sokolov studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory and graduated with honors. Even as a student he was interested in historical performance practice. He won first prizes at competitions in Manchester in 1990 and Amsterdam in 1993. D. Sokolov has performed at renowned festivals in Europe and in the USA and has given chamber concerts and made recordings together with renowned musicians such as Ph. Jaroussky, E. Kirkby, M. Chance and A. Liubimov. Sokolov teaches baroque cello and chamber music at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and conducts master classes in Russia, Germany, Sweden and the UK.



© Guido Großmann

Guido studied double bass with Prof. Michael B. Wolf (UdK Berlin) and Prof. Silvio Dalla Torre (HMT Rostock) as well as historical double bass and G violone with Prof. Jan Freiheit (UdK Berlin / HMT Leipzig). He currently lives in Berlin as a freelance musician, performs with numerous orchestras and project ensembles, and contributes to sound and video productions with music ranging from Renaissance to modern. In addition to the new concert orchestra berlin and the new baroque orchestra berlin, these include the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt, the Babelsberg Film Orchestra, the soloist ensemble Kaleidoskop, the German Chamber Orchestra Berlin, the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra Leipzig, Concerto Brandenburg, Cammermusik Potsdam, the young North German Philharmonic and many more.



© Margarita Gamova

Violinist Margarita Gamova is a successful soloist and ensemble player. She can look back on numerous experiences with leading orchestras in Germany and worldwide.
She studied baroque violin at the UDK with Irmgardt Huntgeburt.
Today she is involved in numerous projects on baroque instruments in collaboration with Ensemble Barock, Staats- und Domchor Berlin and Concertino Berlin.
She has a special preference for performing music from the Baroque and Classical periods.



© Christian Walter

 lives as a freelance baroque violinist in Berlin.

She studied at the HfM Weimar, the HMT Leipzig and the Koninklijke Conservatorium Brussels. In 2002 she became a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra and in 2005 she received a scholarship in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment London.

She performs regularly throughout Germany and Europe. Radio and CD recordings document her artistic activity.



Christoph Timpe | neues barockorchester berlin

© Paolo Soriani

– Christoph Timpe was born in Freiburg/Br. and received his first violin lessons at the age of six. He studied musicology and engineering and worked as an engineer for several years.

Since 1991 he has devoted himself exclusively to the baroque violin. Reinhard Goebel was a major impetus for this, and his lessons stimulated and made possible independent solutions in violin technical, stylistic and musical matters. It was also during this time that he began to be engaged by renowned European baroque orchestras and ensembles.

Christoph Timpe is best known for his work with the ensemble Accademia per Musica, which he founded in Rome in 1995. With this ensemble he has rediscovered the violin repertoire of the Neapolitan Baroque and presented it on three CD recordings. Thus Accademia per Musica was able to distinguish itself as one of the most important Italian original sound formations. Since then, the repertoire has expanded greatly, ranging from the early Baroque to the Classical period, always focusing on the respective sources as well as the underlying tonal and rhetorical aesthetics. Today, Christoph Timpe is working to reposition and establish the ensemble in Berlin.

Timpe’s interest in history and art history enriches his musical imagination, and his studies in the field of historical performance practice provide him with new artistic impulses. As a result, his virtuosity is grounded, as it were, and remains committed to the musical statement. Timpe’s profound knowledge of Italian art, culture and language lends him particular depth in the Italian repertoire.

The firm working out of the cultural environment, the questioning as well as the questioning of the musical means and aims, a constantly new weighting in the use of heart and brain, and, last but not least, the relaxed and integrating contact with the audience give Christoph Timpe’s performance its special quality. Thus the playing of the violin virtuoso becomes an authentic experience especially for demanding listeners.



Stefano Marcor | neues barockorchester berlin

© Stefano Marcor

– studied viola at Cons-Milano with Sabrina BriŇücik, Prof. Emilio Poggioni and in Berlin with Martin Fischer, member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Stefano Macor is established in musical formations as a violist. He has a special desire to explore personal expressive possibilities in chamber music, in exchange with others.

He leads two youth orchestras and teaches viola and violin at the music school “Fanny Hensel”.

He is a member of the “Bode Quartett – Soloists of the new baroque orchestra berlin”.



Chang-Yun Yoo | neues barockorchester berlin

© Chang-Yun Yoo

– Chang-Yun Yoo (*1972 in Seoul, South Korea) studied with Professor Rohde at the University of the Arts in Berlin. During his studies he was awarded several prizes, e.g. the Charles Henne Prize, the special prize of the Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale Provincia di Caltanissetta and the first prize of the Hochschule der K√ľnste Berlin. After his studies he was active, among others, with the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra in Spain (as a finalist/1st solo) and with the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau as a voice-leading violist. Since 2007 he has been working as a freelance soloist, concert and chamber musician with renowned ensembles such as the Potsdamer Kammerakademie and the Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg. As a baroque violist, he is a permanent member of Musica Sequenza, Ensemble ExTempore Berlin, Ensemble Callinus and Aurum Ensemble. He also works passionately in the field of new music: as a permanent member of AsianArt Ensemble, Work in Progress Berlin, 12 Saiten Berlin and Morpheus Quartet Berlin.

In addition to classical music, Chang-Yun Yoo is also active as a rock violinist and as a film music composer.


Wind instrument player

© Nicola Lienert

Nicola Lienert, born in Berlin, received her first recorder lessons at the age of four. She completed her studies in the subjects of flute and transverse flute at the Musikhochschule des Saarlandes and the UdK Berlin and participated in international master classes with J. Galway, A. Nicolet, P. Meisen, E. Haupt, B. Kuijken and others.
Music recordings at Saarländischer Rundfunk, participation in CD recordings, television appearances at ARD and arte.
Performances with flute, transverse flute and recorder as soloist, with chamber music ensembles and in various orchestras in Germany and abroad. Temporary work at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Komische Oper Berlin.
Flutist in several baroque formations, since 2008 in the new baroque orchestra berlin.
Nicola Lienert lives as a freelance musician in Berlin.



© Frédérique Brillouin


Adrian Rovatkay | neues barockorchester berlin

@ Adam Masters

Born in Perth, Australia, Adam Masters first completed medical school and worked as a doctor before beginning a bachelor’s degree in baroque oboe at the University of Melbourne. He gained experience as first oboist with orchestras throughout Australia and New Zealand, and landed a position teaching baroque oboe at the University of Melbourne and the Sydney Conservatorium. Adam is now in his second year of master studies at the Udk with Xenia L√∂ffler in Berlin. Since his arrival in Germany, he has played with numerous baroque orchestras, including Batzdorfer Hofkappele, Concerto Brandenburg and Berlin Baroque.



Adrian Rovatkay | neues barockorchester berlin

© Bernd Bodtländer

– is an internationally sought-after soloist and continuo player with his sensitive and expressive playing.

Through vocal sense of sound, penetration of the musical substance as well as individual sensual joy of playing, the groups chelycus, and the bassoon duo satyros, which he co-founded, achieve an unmistakable sound, which is documented on numerous recordings.

As a musician and painter, Adrian Rovatkay seeks dialogue with various arts. The resulting cross-border projects are a reflection of his artistic self-image.



© Christian Walter

– first studied recorder at the Hochschule f√ľr Musik in Hamburg. This was followed by studies at the Conservatory in The Hague and at the Academy for Early Music in Bremen in the subject of historical bassoon instruments with Michael McCraw and Donna Agrell.
Christian Walter has lived in Berlin since 1993.



Helen Barsby | neues barockorchester berlin

¬© Tim Lochm√ľller

– was born in England and grew up in New Zealand. She came to Germany in 1992 as a DAAD scholarship holder. She studied early music in postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Susan Williams.

She played her first concerts on the baroque trumpet as early as 1991 in Wellington, New Zealand with ‘The Baroque Players’. Almost exclusively in the early music scene, she plays concerts and records with various ensembles in Germany and Europe.

E.H. Tarr writes: ‚Äėthe writer must give first baroque trumpeter Helen Barsby a great compliment for her sensitive playing‚Äô (HBS Journal).



Foto @ Helm

– was born in Guben in 1962 and studied at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin with Hans Behrends.

His chamber music activities include the “Blechbl√§serensemble Ludwig G√ľttler” (Dresden) and he is a founding member and artistic director of the “PosaunenQuintett Berlin” (“PQB”). Since 1982 he is solo trombonist of the “Konzerthausorchester Berlin” and plays substitute in the “Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin”, in the “Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin”, in the “Deutsche Oper Berlin”, among others.



Foto: @Janni Struzyk

Born 1964 in Potsdam-Babelsberg; studied music at the HfM “Hanns Eisler” Berlin; until 2000 deputy principal timpanist of the Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra Potsdam; since then active as a freelance musician/concept composer and concert dramaturge; works mainly in the fields of contemporary chamber music/theater and classical orchestral music; has participated in countless radio, CD and music theater productions. permanent guest with BalanXe Schlagwerke, pinX-it, BerlinPianoPercussion, Ensemble United and many others; since 2004 solo timpanist and percussionist of the Kammerakademie Potsdam (orchestra of the state capital); several compositions for solo, ensemble and theater.



Foto: @Neda Navaee

Adam Weisman studied with Fred Hinger and Chris Lamb at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, with Sylvio Gualda in Versailles, and with Peter Sadlo and Robyn Schulkowsky in Munich. In 1991 he won third prize at the ARD Music Competition in Munich and second prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva in 1992. He composed and performed music for plays at the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel Munich, W√ľrttembergisches Landestheater Esslingen and Landestheater Linz.

He performed New Music with the New Music Consort and the NewBand in New York from 1988 to 1990, as well as with Ensemble Modern, with Klangforum Wien (resident member 1997-98, 2004- 05) with Ascolta (posthumous premiere of Frank Zappa), with Zeitkratzer (concerts with Lou Reed) and the Scharoun Ensemble (members of the Berlin Philharmonic). He has participated in numerous CD productions, including a CD with Ensemble Modern, Frank Zappa and the music of Edgar Varese. Since 2010 he is a member of Berlin PianoPercussion with whom he has made three CD’s and tours in the USA and China.

His solo CD Mani, with three compositions for solo percussion by Pierluigi Billone, was included in the Bestenliste 1-2011 in the genre Contemporary Music by the Verein Deutsche Schallplattenkritik e.V.. Adam Weisman has performed world premieres by Tan Dun, David Lang, Wolfgang Rihm, and Peter Eotvos, among others, and has appeared as a soloist in Athens, Paris, Munich, Geneva, Berlin, Vienna, Gdansk, Peruggia, and Mar del Plata, Argentina. In 2019 he performed Tan Dun’s Water Concerto with the Stuttgart Philharmonic.


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