Askari Ensemble

© J.Rötzsch

Arabic sounds mixed with traditional Baroque music.

Musicians: Mohamed Askari, Niels Badenhop, Anna Barbara Kastelewicz
Instrumentation: violin, Nayflöte, harp and vocals
Repertoire: self-compositions, compositions by Ibrahin el Eryan, Samai Bayati, Reyad Sonbati and many others.

Niels Badenhop
He studied theatre and music in Berlin, classical dance with Vladimir Gelvan and vocals with andreas Wernicke and Giovanni Anaya. Specialized in the genres of Renaissance and Baroque, he is always up for any new musical experiments, as a director, vocalist, dancer, set or costume designer.

Mohamed Askari
The musician, composer and music ethnologist is a master of the arabic flute, and of the few musicians woldwide that plays the traditional bamboo-made Nay-Flute.

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz
She received her musical education as a violinist at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin and as a baroque violinist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Professor Yfrah Neamen. Afterwards she gained wide musical experience in various classical orchestras, such as the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, as well as from working with conductors such as Kurt Masur and Lorin Maazel.