Musical Director: Jan-Paul Reinke
About Jan-Paul Reinke
A Mannheim native, Jan-Paul Reinke completed his conducting studies (orchestra and opera) with Prof. Michael Luig and Prof. Stephan Wehr at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne in 2016. Several master classes, amongst others with Michael Luig, Klaus Eisenmann, Klaus Arp, Alexander Rumpf, as well as several assistant positions perfected his musical education. Between 2013 and 2015 he was assistant to Prof. Stephan Wehr and conducted opera perfomances of the “Drei Einakter” (“Three One-act Plays”) by Ernst Krenek and „L’elisir d’amore” by Gaetano Donizetti. Numerous first performances took place under his direction. During the course of the German-Brasilian Year 2014 he conducted German first performances of several orchestral works by Eduard G. Alvares and Paulo Alvares.
Jan-Paul Reinke was conductor of the chamber orchestra of Bonn-Roettgen, Sinfonietta104 Koeln performed under his conductorship between 2011 and 2013 and again in 2014. Several concerts and projects were implemented together with the musical college orchestras in Cologne and Stuttgart, the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker, the Bergischen Symphonikern, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, the Philharmonie Suedwestfalen and the Kurpfaelzische Kammerorchester, where he is a regular guest conductor. Concert tours to several European Countries and to Australia are part of his artistic career. In 2017 he was appointed as lecturer in orchestra conducting at the College of Music in Freiburg. Since 2018 he has been the conductor of the Mannheim Stamitz Orchestra. Jan-Paul Reinke is cofounder and musical director of CoGNiMUS Collektiv e.V. in Cologne. Since 2016, he has been conductor of the Mannheim Youth Orchestra JugendSinfonieOrchesters Mannheim (JSOM) at Musikschule Mannheim.
Lecturer, Double bass: Alexis Scharff
About Alexis Scharff
Alexis Scharff started his double bass studies with Hubert Villa at the age of 13, later with Philippe Petiot in his hometown Sarreguemines (Lorraine). After graduation from secondary school, he moved to the Conservatoire National de Région in Metz to become a student of Jean-Luc Didier, where he graduated after two years with the grade “very good”. At the same time he studied musicology at the local university.
After completing his double bass studies in 2001, he became a student of Prof. Wolfgang Harrer at Saar University of Music in Saarbrücken, where after four years he completed his orchestra diploma course with the grade “very good”. After another three years he passed the final concert exam. At the same time, he gained his first orchestral experience with the Saarland State Orchestra and for a year and a half with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Mainz. In 2008, during an internship at the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, he met solo bassist Martin Dobner, for whom Alexis Scharff moved to the University of Music in Mainz.
Since September 2010 he has been solo double bass player in the Kurpfalz Chamber Orchestra Mannheim.
Lecturer, Cello: Matthias Bergmann
About Matthias Bergmann
Lecturer, Violin II: Achim Ringle
About Achim Ringle
Achim Ringle is the head of the string department of the “Musikschule Mannheim”. He began his studies at the Musikhochschule Mannheim with Prof. Eugene Prokop and received his Bachelor Degree in the class of Prof. Roman Nodel. Aside of that, he was significantly influenced as a musician, teacher and lecturer by Dietmar Mantel.
Being a founding member of the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, Achim Ringle gained valuable experiences in historical performance practise with the famous Nicolaus Harnoncourt.
He is often invited as a conductor for chamber music classes of young, talented students. Besides many other engagements, he has been a regular member of the “Sinfonietta Mannheim” and the “Kammerphilharmonie Mannheim”.
Lecturer, Woodwind player: Mercé Calderer Soriano
About Mercé Calderer Soriano
Mercé Calderer was born in Valencia (Spain). She completed her bachelor degree at the Joaquin Rodrigo Conservatory in her hometown with Prof. Fuster, oboe being her main subject. Finally, she studied with Prof. Emanuel Abbühl at the Music Conservatory Mannheim, where she graduated in 2016 with her master degree and her diploma as an orchestral soloist with an excellent mark. She has been taught by renowned oboists in several master classes, including Maurice Bourgue (Académie Musical de Villecroze), Jacques Tys, Thomas Indermühle. Since 2009 she has been performing with the woodwind quintet Medihebo. With this ensemble she has performed various concerts in Canada and France and became a prizewinner in competitions in Enguera and Reus (Spain). Today, she is lecturer at Musikschule Mannheim.
Lecturer, Violin I: Anne Erdmann-Schiegnitz
About Anne Erdmann-Schiegnitz
Anne Erdmann-Schiegnitz studied in Freiburg i. Brsg. with Nicolas Chumachenko (Freiburg) and Yair Kless (Tel Aviv). She completed her studies in Winterthur with Rudolf Koelmann with concert maturity. Already during her studies in Freiburg, she engaged herself intensively in historical performance practice and attended courses with Reinhard Goebel, Sigiswald Kuijken and Robert Hill.
Anne Erdmann-Schiegnitz is a scholarship holder of the Otto Meister Foundation and was supported by the Würth Foundation. Concert commitments have taken her to the New Philharmonic Orchestra Westfalia and the State Orchestra Weimar. This was followed by intensive studies of historical performance practice and master classes inter alia with Stanley Ritchie, Katie Debrezini and Midori Seiler. Important lecturers and companions include Anne Schumann, Midori Seiler and Ludger Remi. Today, she is lecturer at Musikschule Mannheim.
Lecturer, Viola: Detlef Grooß
About Detlef Grooß
Detlef Grooß first studied physics as a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation; then music with Prof. Johannes Lüthy, Prof. Kim Kashkashian and Prof. Barbara Westphal. Lessons in historical performance practice with Prof. Robert Hill and Prof. Reinhard Goebel, master classes with Prof. Thomas Riebl and chamber music lessons with, among others, the La-Salle Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet and the Alban Berg Quartet, and several courses with Giora Feidman rounded off his education.
After temporary employment with the RSO Basel and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, he has been a member of the Mannheim National Theatre Orchestra since 1995.
He teaches at the Hochschule für Musik Rheinland-Pfalz, is a viola teacher at the LJO Baden Württemberg, among others.
A strong influence on his work was the great teacher Dietmar Mantel, who in many years of close cooperation and friendship familiarized him with his own didactics and the brilliant knowledge of Dr. Dr. D.C. Dounis.
An important focus for him is the work with young musicians to give them a solid musical and instrumental foundation for a later life as a professional musician. Most of his former students are now studying music, e.g. with Prof. Barbara Westphal, Prof. Johannes Lüthy , Prof. Volker Jakobsen, Prof. Roland Glassl.