A member of the Tetzlaff String Quartet since its inception in 1992, Elisabeth Kufferath has performed on the stages of some of the most auspicious halls in Europe and the United States, including Philharmonie Hall in Berlin, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. In 2015 the Tetzlaff Quartet was awarded a Diapason d’Or de l’année for their recording of string quartets by Berg and Mendelssohn.
Praised by conductor Heinz Hollinger as “unquestionably one of the most interesting and influential string players of her generation,“ she is a player with a wide-ranging stylistic palate, and is coveted as both a chamber musician and soloist.
Elisabeth Kufferath’s repertoire is highlighted by contemporary works. Composers Thorsten Encke and Johannes X. Schachtner wrote works for solo violin and solo viola specifically for her. She gave the world premiere of Jan Müller-Wieland’s “Himmelfahrt”, a work for solo viola written for and dedicated to her, and the German premiere of Elliott Carter’s ‘Figment IV‘ for viola. She has collaborated with composers including Moritz Eggert, Peter Eötvös, Zeynep Gedizlioglu, Helen Grime, Ling-Hsuan Huang, Libby Larsen, Georges Lentz, Manfred Trojahn, and Jörg Widmann.
As a soloist, she has appeared with orchestras including the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Münchener Kammerorchester, Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Philharmonic Ochestra Gießen, Göttinger Sinfonieorchester, Oldenburgisches Staatsorchester, Ensemble Oriol, Musica assoluta, Kammerakademie Potsdam, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors including Heinz Holliger, Christoph Poppen, Marcus Creed, Paul Goodwin, Alexander Rumpf and Gerard Schwarz.
Elisabeth Kufferath has been invited to perform at Berliner Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, “Spannungen” Heimbach, Schwetzinger Festspielen, Helsinki Festival, Lucerne Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, and the Rosendal Festival in Norway. She has shared the stage with chamber music partners including Adrian Brendel, Kirill Gerstein, Gustav Rivinius, Lars Vogt, Tabea Zimmermann. She spent a season as the Artist in Residence at New Zealand’s Auckland University where she was featured in both recitals and masterclasses.
Elisabeth Kufferath‘s first solo CD ‘Libero, fragile’ was released in 2017 on the GENUIN label. The disk features contemporary works for solo violin and viola. The recording was nominated for a prize from German Record Critics’ Award and was enthusastically received by the press. Die Welt acclaimed „”It is astonishing, the way [Elisabeth] Kufferath pivots between free and fragile, from heavenly chirping tenderness to bearing the earth’s burdens, how many colors and even more nuance her playing expresses.” Her second album, TWO!, a recording of works by B.A. Zimmermann, Thorsten Encke, Johannes Schachtner, and Peter Eötvös was released earlier this year.
Elisabeth Kufferath lives in Hannover, Germany with her family where she is professor of violin at the Hochschule for Music, Theater, and Media. Both her violin and viola were built by the German luthier Stefan-Peter Greiner.
Kiveli Dörken’s temperament, passion and dedication to music is palpable in every one of her concerts. With her infectious enthusiasm and captivating presence, she values a close contact with her audience, often addressing the listeners first, before sitting down at the piano and pushing the boundaries of sound diversity and artistic expression.
Kiveli began her musical path as a 7-year old student of the renowned piano pedagogue Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, who taught her until his death, 10 years later. She continued her musical education with Prof. Lars Vogt, with whom she studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover until today.
She is a member of the TONAListen agency, and has received scholarships and support from various foundations, such as the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the renowned festival „Spannungen“, the International Musikadamie Liechtenstein and the „Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken“- Stiftung (no relation).
At the age of eight, she gave her orchestral debut. She has since performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Hamburger Camerata, the Camerata Bern and the Athens state orchestra. In the last season Kiveli gave her debut with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen playing Ceasar Francks “Variations symphoniques” under the direction of conductor Alondra de la Parra.
She has performed in most European countries, China and the USA, in some of the most famous halls, the Elbphilarmonie, the Mariinsly-Theater in St. Petersburg, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Alte Oper Frankfurt, to name just a few and is a regular guest at many prestigious festivals, like the Kissinger Sommer, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Spannungen Festival in Heimbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
Highlights of her early career were performances for the Dalai Lama in 2007 and for the German chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington D.C. in 2009.
Kiveli dedicates a considerable amount of her time to playing chamber music. She performs regularly with artists such as Christian Tetzlaff, Sharon Kam, Maximilian Hornung and Tanja Tetzlaff. Together with her sister Danae Dörken, she has been playing as a piano duo since the age of five.
In 2015 she founded the Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) on the Greek Island Lesbos, of which she is also the artistic director. In the midst of the Greek financial hardship and the refugee crisis, the MIMF does not only bring the tradition of classical music to Lesbos, it has become a symbol of hope for the entire region.
This next season Kiveli is going to record her debut CD with the label ARS featuring solo and chamber music works by Josef Suk.
Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Minor, Op. 4 (21’)
Luciano Berio: Sequenza VIII for Violin solo (15’)
György Kurtág: from Signs, Games, and Messages (10’)
Hommage à J.S.B
Ernest Bloch: Solo Suite for Violin (8’)
Johannes Brahms: Sonata in F Minor for Piano and Viola, Op. 120, No. 1 (25’)