Salon K&K

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Discover the interplay of literature and music together with Johanna Krumin, Anna Barbara Kastelewicz and their artist guests.
Well-researched, elegantly staged, charmingly presented.

Johanna Krumin and Anna Barbara Kastelewicz are interested in historical and contemporary topics. The focus is on celebrities, but also on inconspicuous personalities who work in obscurity. In and to these thematic frames they explore music and literature and bring rational and emotional into a dramaturgical form. Fresh and graceful, they present program matinees or salon evenings together with their artist guests.




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Salon K&K

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz and Johanna Krumin with guests


René Hofschneider – Reading

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was born in Detmold and grew up with his two brothers in Berlin. There, at the age of 15, he first came into contact with the theater and became acquainted with the Staatliche Schauspielbühnen Berlin under Hans Lietzau and Boy Gobert, initially in small roles.

Here Hans Neuenfels discovered him for the role of “Ottokar” in his film Schroffenstein after Heinrich v. Kleist. The film was shot near Salzburg, where he then began his training at the Mozarteum. After drama school, he took the long road through the provinces via Heidelberg, Aachen, Stuttgart and Marburg, finally returning to the Grips Theater in Berlin. With wonderful tours of the play LINIE 1 to Australia, New York and Jerusalem, almost 5 years passed until, for the time being, film and television came to the fore.

In addition to various productions (Tatort, Wilsberg, Doppelter Einsatz, Soko Leipzig, Soko Wismar, Danni Lowinski, Our Farm in Ireland, The Fat Man, Inga Lindström), he played the lead role in one of the first sitcoms realized in Germany (A Job for Life).

During breaks from filming, he continued to educate himself: during a three-year seminar in the master class of Yuri Alschitz (GITIS Moscow), he learned Russian acting methods, which were deepened with the study of Anatoly Vasilyev.

With the play Venice in the Snow (2008) René found his way back to the theater and also began an extremely fruitful collaboration with Matthias Freihof. In the course of this collaboration, which continues to this day, René tours with various plays throughout Germany.

In addition to acting, René Hofschneider studied Chinese medicine.

Johanna Krumin – Soprano

About whom Mikis Theodorakis says: “Johanna sings it so that you have to listen. You can’t get any closer to me as a musician. “*, studied singing in her hometown of Berlin with Prof. Renate Krahmer and Julia Varady (HfM Hanns Eisler).

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During her studies, she worked as a permanent member of the Rias Kammerchor Berlin.
This was followed by stage engagements, among others, at the Ruhrtriennale, at several German theaters, at the Mongolian State Opera Ulan Bator and at the Hamburg State Opera as a cover.
As a concert and oratorio singer Johanna Krumin has sung, among others. at the Bachfest Leipzig, the MDR Musiksommer, with the Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, the German Chamber Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Octet, the Bach Collegium Berlin, the BSO, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Potsdamer Kammerakademie, the Neue Westfälische Philharmonie, the Filmorchester Babelsberg, the Bratislava Chamber Orchestra, at various European chamber music festivals, in the form of radio concerts and CD recordings.

For the role of Manon/Massenet she was nominated as the best young singer of the year (Critics Award).
In addition, there are regular artistic-musical collaborations with partners such as the German Bundestag, the German Foreign Office, the Olympic Stadium Berlin, Phase 7 performing art and as a co-trainer with the Leadership Orchestra (in-house training).

In addition to regular pedagogical activities, Johanna Krumin followed invitations to lead workshops such as “Le chant – Le Lied” at the German Cultural Week Benin/Africa, invitations to publish an article in the magazine “Forum Kirchenmusik” about text treatment in singing and to give a lecture on the topic “Relationship word and sound in singing”.

Her current song solo CD, co-produced by Bayerischer Rundfunk, has won the supersonic award record prize.

*(Athener Tagebuch Asteris Kutulas 29.07.2015) 

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz – Violin

works as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. She has a national and international presence with performances and tours in Europe and Asia. She records for radio, television and recordings. She enjoys combining the various arts in her projects and emceeing her concerts.

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz founded two project orchestras, the “neue barockorchester berlin” and the “neue konzertorchester berlin”, which she conducts herself as concertmaster. From 2007 to 2013 she was the artistic director of the “Musikfestival Lüneburger Heide”, and in 2016 she founded “Kulturschlaglicht / Brandenburgische Kulturfestspiele in Schlösser und Gärten”, a festival that combines musical performances with light and sound design, lectures and guided tours of the historic sites with their special flair.

Intensively she devotes herself to musicology. She researches the topic “Music in the special camps of the Soviet occupation forces 1945 – 1950 on German soil”. It is her great concern to revive the music created and performed there and its background in lectures, performances and recordings and to bring it to mind in a lasting way. In close cooperation with the composer Kurt Hauschild, Anna Barbara Kastelewicz worked out the interpretation of his works, created an annotated catalog of works and an edition of his 8th string quartet “Jan Palach”.

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz is an adjunct professor at colleges of music. The native
Berlin native lives as a freelance artist in Berlin.

Ulugbek Palvanov – Piano

was born in Uzbekistan in 1974 and began playing the piano at the age of five. He first attended the Special Music School in Tashkent and subsequently transferred to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In 1997 Ulugbek Palvanov continued his studies in Germany, first with Prof. Klaus Bässler and later with Prof. Klaus Hellwig in Berlin. He also receives important artistic impulses from Prof. Lev Naumov.

Winning a number of national as well as international competitions laid the foundation for his now highly acclaimed pianistic career.

As a soloist, Ulugbek Palvanov performs all over Europe, the USA as well as in Russia. He has performed with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Bolzano Chamber Orchestra, and the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. As a much sought-after soloist and chamber musician, Ulugbek Palvanov has performed at the Newport Music Festival and Van Cliburn Foundation in the USA, at the Kyoto Music Festival in Japan, as well as in many renowned concert halls of the present day. His selected future projects include concert performances in Berlin, Oslo, Hamburg and Austin.

In May 2018, Ulugbek Palvanov in duo with David Yonan (violin) was a laureate of a silver medal at the Global Music Awards in the USA, Los Angeles: in the categories “Ensemble and New Composition” for the live recording of a work by the Italian-Canadian composer Sandro Fazzolari, Sonata No. 1 op. 5 and the Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano.
Since 2014, he has been the artistic director of the Pianowerke concert series. Palvanov lives in Berlin.