About us

How it all started

The 1:1 CONCERTS© were initiated before the pandemic by flutist Stephanie Winker, scenographer Franziska Ritter, cultural mediator Christian Siegmund and architect Sophie von Mansberg. They touched many people at the chamber music festival Sommerkonzerte Volkenroda back in the summer of 2019. Despite or perhaps because of the pandemic restrictions, the format has proven its special quality and resonance. In a very short time, numerous colleagues, friends & enthusiasts have helped to spread 1:1 CONCERTS all around the globe. In May 2020, the first corona-compatible version started in Stuttgart together with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart and the SWR Symphonieorchester , closely followed by the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Dresdner Philharmonie. Since June 2021, 1:1 CONCERTS arfe played in Berlin and Erfurt, and many other orchestras and partners have followed. More than 10,000 concerts around the world have created real encounters and proximity despite the distance.

What is a 1:1 CONCERT?

A 1:1 CONCERT redefines the classical concert ritual: 1 musician meets 1 listener for 10 minutes of music. This musical "blind date" is designed as a surprise for all sides: artist, composer, work and instrument are not revealed in advance. The musician decides individually and situationally which piece will be played: a wordless mutual gaze is the impulse for a very personal concert at eye level - a very intense shared experience. A 1:1 CONCERT is always free of charge - the listeners' voluntary donations to the non-profit organisation 1:1 CONCERTS e.V. are used for creating a paid stage in one of our many projects.

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The people behind

Franziska Ritter is a scenographer and studied architecture at the TU Berlin and the University of North London. She is a research associate of the Department of Stage Design & Scenic Space at TU Berlin and works as a lecturer for exhibition design and theatre construction at different universities. She is a representative and currently the leading member of the project of Digitality and New Technologies of the Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft. "Im/material Theatre Spaces - Augmented and Virtual Reality for Theatre". Moreover, she plays as a flutist for Ensemble Opus 45

Christian Siegmund is a cultural mediator. He came into contact with classical music at an early age and learned piano and cello. He studied linguistics and literature as well as literary translation in Vienna, Florence and Munich. In addition to translating into various languages, he works as a purser for Lufthansa German Airlines. In March 2019 he was involved in the project "Listening differently" at Frankfurt's Alte Oper as a facilitator for Marina Abramović. He now lives in Berlin, where he runs a private art and music salon "Salon S", an experimental space for interdisciplinary artistic encounters. 

Stephanie Winker is a flutist and studied at the New York Juilliard School and at HfM Hanns Eisler, Berlin. After working as a solo flutist for several major orchestras, she was part of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra from 2004 to 2015 including several solo performances. Moreover, she is an active member of the Ma'alot Wind Quintet with whom she has played many concerts all over Europe, America and Asia and recorded many award-winning CDs. Since 2013, Stephanie Winker works as a flute professor at the music academy HfMDK Frankfurt am Main and teaches at international master classes. Besides her manifold chamber music activities, she is a much sought-after orchestral soloist. 

Léa Villeneuve is the 1:1 team assistant. The French flutist studied with Stéphane Réty and Stephanie Winker at the Universities of Dresden and Frankfurt. She plays as academic in the Dresden Philharmonic and as guest in several german orchestras like the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne. In addition, she continues her education in psychomotor therapy and contemporary dance. She brings body awareness into her teaching for flute students to prevent health problems and promote artistic expression. 

Want to join?

You want to become part of the 1:1 family and support our campaign as a musician, host or partner? Send us an email to: team@1to1concerts.de