Opening Concert


6th August

'Saftstationen - Damme'



Akiko Nikami, born in Japan, received her first piano lessons at the age of four. She studied at the University of Arts in Tokyo with Haruko Kasama, Halina Czerny-Stefanska and Susumu Aoyagi. In 2002 Akiko continued her studies at the University of Arts in Berlin, where she became a student of Klaus Hellwig. In 2016 she was awarded the Special Prize for piano accompanists at the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen. Also, she has been successful in several other competitions and has won the 3rd prize at International Competition in Porto and the 2nd prize at the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau. Many solo and chamber music concerts as well as recordings, performed in both Germany and Japan, evidence her outstanding piano playing. In 2019 she was awarded the renowned OPUS Klassik prize for her recording together with her duo partner Tilman Höfs.

Niklas Walentin.

David Kuen, born in 1994 in Southern Germany, started to play the horn at age eleven and received his first lessons from Hermann Schneider (Staatstheater Karlsruhe). Starting to pursue a professional career as a hornist he began to take private lessons with Prof. Will Sanders at the University of Music in Karlsruhe. Soon after graduating from high school in 2014, David became a student of Prof. Jörg Brückner at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar. From 2017 to the present day David Kuen has continued his studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Prof. Christian-Friedrich Dallmann and Sebastian Posch (Berlin State Opera). David has constantly been supplementing his studies with playing in several orchestras and ensembles, among which should be mentioned Ensemble Reflektor Berlin, Crescendo Freiburg and the Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie.

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