Face the music - with Kammerakademie Potsdam 07.07. - 08.07.2023

Anke Heyn (Violoncello) bei einem 1:1 CONCERT

Anke Heyn (Violoncello) bei einem 1:1 CONCERT

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The concert format 1:1 CONCERTS can be experienced for the first time in Potsdam in July, after having enchanted many people all over the world in more than 20,000 benefit concerts over the last three years. On the occasion of the festival “Face the Music” - the Kammerakademie Potsdam invites you to a multifaceted musical weekend around questions of the future. What does classical music have to do with social justice? How can we make the climate crisis audible? (How) can deceleration succeed? Accompanying the artistic programme is the conference "Developing the Orchestra Sustainably" at RIFS Potsdam (Research Institute for Sustainability - Helmholtz Centre Potsdam).

In a 1:1 CONCERT, 1 musician and 1 listener meet for 10 minutes of music. This "musical blind date" is a surprise for both sides, because the artist, composer, work or instrument are not revealed in advance. Which piece will be played is decided by the musician individually in the "moment": a one-minute wordless eye contact is the impulse for a very personal concert at eye level and an intensive shared experience with the musicians of the Kammerakademie Potsdam.

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The specific concert venue remains a secret until the concert booking! Two Potsdam institutions are opening their doors: Nachhaltigkeitsinstitut RIFS Potsdam (Sustainability Institute of Potsdam RIFS) and the Waschhaus Potsdam. Whether on a roof terrace, in a clubhouse or underground car park - let us surprise you!

Admission is free, donations are requested. We are supporting the project Kultür Potsdam which enables people on low incomes to attend Potsdam's cultural, sports and leisure events free of charge and makes culture accessible to all.




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Friday 07.07.2023 - RIFS Forschungsinstitut für Nachhaltigkeit, 3 verschiedene Überraschungsorte, barrierefrei möglich

Saturday 08.07.2023 - Waschhaus Potsdam, 3 Überraschungsorte, barrierefrei möglich


RIFS Forschungsinstitut für Nachhaltigkeit Helmholtzstraße 5
14467 potsdam

Waschhaus Potsdam Schiffbauergasse 6
14467 potsdam


Kathleen Mar, Judith Schäffer, Armin-Laszlo Halbach, Matthias Tang, Christina Camier, Lilli Henze, Thomas Lindner, Mathias Paselk, Tobias Mißling, Christian Siegmund, Franziska Ritter, Andreas Siegmund


Alma-Sophie Starke, Violoncello

Alma-Sophie studied with Troels Svane at the MH Lübeck and with Reinhard Latzko in Vienna. In 2016 she became deputy principal cellist of the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, and since 2022 she has been a member of the KAP. Link

Christoph Knitt, Fagott


Christoph, born in Berlin, studied in the class of Prof. Klaus Thunemann at the HfM "Hanns Eisler" Berlin. Since 2006 he has been principal bassoonist of the KAP and a member of the Persius Ensemble. Link

Christoph Starke, Viola

Christoph, born in Leipzig, studied at the HfM in Leipzig with Klaus Schwenke. He was deputy principal violist of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to his work as principal violist of the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Christoph Starke is a member of the Finsterbusch String Trio and the Kammersymphonie Berlin. Link

Bettina Lange, Querflöte

Bettina, a native of Dresden, studied flute at the conservatories in Weimar and Dresden, and later with Trevor Wye in England. She has been the orchestra's flutist since the Kammerakademie was founded in 2001. Link

Avner Geiger, Querflöte

Avner, born in Israel, lives in Berlin and is a passionate orchestra and chamber music musician, e.g. with the KAP, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Munich Chamber Orchestra - he is also active as a teacher. Link

Florian Bensch, Fagott

Florian studierte bei Prof. V. Tessmann, Prof. G. Klütsch und Prof. M. Spangenberg an der HfM „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin. Er ist Mitglied des Berolina Ensembles und Mitbegründer des Xylinos Quintett sowie von Opera Lab Berlin. Seit 2021 ist er Mitglied der KAP. Link

Friedemann Werzlau, Schlagzeug

Friedemann, born in Potsdam, studied classical percussion and timpani at the HfM "Hanns Eisler" Berlin as well as improvisation, solo percussion and composition. Link

Jan Böttcher, Oboe

Jan began his studies with Volkmar Besser at the HfM Hanns Eisler Berlin, played in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and was a scholarship holder at the Villa Musica Chamber Music Academy. He is a founding member of the KAP. Link

Jule Hinrichsen, Violoncello

Jule comes from Schleswig Holstein and studied with Jens Peter Maintz at the UdK Berlin, completing a baroque cello master's degree in early music continuo. She plays with the Lauttencompagney, the Ensemble Elbipolis and the Belgian orchestra Le Concert Olympique, among others. 

Julita Forck, Violine

Julita, born in Wroclaw/Poland, studied in Warsaw, Vienna and Berlin with Eduard Melkus, Eberhard Feltz and Ilan Gronich. In Vienna she played in the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Capella Academica. She developed a special interest in historical performance practice. Link

Julius Engelbach, Klarinette

Julius, born in Aachen, studies clarinet at the HfM "Hanns Eisler" Berlin with Prof. M. Spangenberg and Prof. R. Forster. He gained orchestral experience in the LJO Baden-Württemberg, the Bundesjugendorchester, the jnp, the Konzerthausorchester, the RSB Berlin and the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Link

Nika Somborac, Violoncello

Nika, born in Slovenia, studied cello in Klagenfurt, Austria and with Thomas Kaufmann and Valentin Radutiu at the HfMT in Rostock. She is a founding member of the Furiant Quartet. Link

Omer Idan, Oboe

Omer, born in Israel, studied with Michael Lam, Meirav Kadishevsky and Dudu Carmel and gained orchestral experience with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and at the "Barenboim-Said Akademie" in Berlin with Prof. Gregor Witt, among others. Link

Thomas Kretschmer, Violine

Thomas is a founding member of the KAP and has performed with the Ensemble Oriol Berlin, the German Chamber Virtuosi and on period instruments with the Lauttencompagney Berlin, among others. Link


Das Berliner 1:1 Team

Franziska Ritter, Christian Siegmund and Heike Bebenroth have already organized over 1000 concerts in Berlin and other cities.

We can be reached at: team@1to1concerts.de


Various other programme items of the “Face the Music!” Festival of the Kammerakademie Potsdam can be experienced at various locations in Potsdam, including a new interpretation of the Four Seasons with young musicians from the KAPcampus, Drum Circles and experimental pop-up concerts inspired by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals by and with students from the Babelsberg Film High School. Fresh, cross-generational connections are to be created - between classical music and climate, sheet music and sustainable living. Link to the festival website