THE DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR – TO HER, VIRTUOSITY IS NATURAL AND HER PLAYING IS ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC ITSELF AND WHAT IT CAN ACHIEVE.”
“ONE WAS REMINDED OF THE FIRST PIANO RECITALS OF THE YOUNG ARGERICH.”
German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken is, at age twenty-nine, among the elite of internationally acclaimed artists of a new generation, electrifying audiences and peer musicians alike with her stunning technical skills, exceptional charisma and great profundity of her musical thinking.
A uniquely gifted talent at very young age, Danae received the support of Lord Yehudi Menuhin when she was seven, and soon began to cause a stir at major European venues with her ‚sparkling joy of playing’ (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger).
Following her studies with the internationally venerated teacher Karl-Heinz Kämmerling und with Lars Vogt, she is today a regular guest of major orchestras including the Munich Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Norrlandsoperan Symphony and Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra. Ms Dörken has performed to great critical acclaim at London‘s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, and KKL Lucerne, Tonhalle Zurich, Beaux-Arts Brussels, at the Cologne Philharmonie, Philharmonie Essen, at Gasteig in Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Tonhalle Dusseldorf, Frankfurt Alte Oper, and Beethoven-Haus Bonn. Danae Dörken also performs regularly at major festivals including Kissinger Sommer, Schwetzingen festival, LuganoMusica, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the renowned ‘Spannungen’ festival in Heimbach.
Highlights of the 2019/2020 season are Danae Dörken’s debuts with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam. Furthermore, she gives her recital debuts at the Lucerne Festival and the Tokyo Musashino Cultural Hall. Chamber Music engagements will lead her to Wigmore Hall London, the Brucknerhaus Linz where she performs with violinists Benjamin Beilman as well as the Klavierfestival Ruhr, where she performs with her sister Kiveli, a pianist herself. She will also continue her collaboration with cellist Benedict Kloeckner and perform with him in Germany and Cyprus.
During the 2018/19 season, Danae Dörken celebrated her solo debuts at the Rheingau Musikfestival, Staatstheater Darmstadt and Museum Villa Rot as well as debuts with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Munic Chamber Orchestra, Norrlandsoperan Symphony, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Antalya Symphony.
Being a passionate chamber musician, she has performed together with leading artists such as Lars Vogt, Gustav Rivinius, Sharon Kam, Artur Pizarro, Christiane Oelze, Carolin Widmann, Benjamin Beilman, Benedict Klöckner and Katia & Marielle Labèque. Together with her sister Kiveli, Danae Dörken regularly presents outstanding four-hand piano repertoire. In an SWR Stuttgart Radio production, Danae is recording a new album together with oboist Philippe Tondre.
Danae Dörken’s groundbreaking recording of the Piano Concerto No. 21 by Mozart and of the rarely performed Piano Concerto No. 2 by Mendelssohn (with Royal Northern Sinfonia) was released in 2016, to raving critical acclaim. Previously, her solo recording of fantasies by Schumann, Schubert and C.P.E. Bach (on ARS Produktion) was nominated for on ICMA Award. Her 2012 debut CD, featuring solo works by Leoš Janáček (also on ARS Produktion), received equally enthusiastic reviews. Her current two albums “EAST and WEST” (ARS Produktion) and “Between Nostalgia and Revolution” (GENUIN) have received raving reviews and were nominated for an ICMA Award and the German Record Critics’ Award.
Of Greek descent, Danae Dörken founded the Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) in 2015 together with her sister on the island of Lesbos. Amidst the dramas of the European refugee crisis and the European financial crisis, her festival has become a major contribution to strengthening the connections with classical music in Greece. The festival today has all-year benefit events running also throughout Germany, featuring many of the MIMF artists including Marlis Petersen, Sebastian Manz, Maximilian Hornung, Philippe Tondre, Linus Roth, and Lars Vogt. Danae Dörken‘s service to classical music and the Greek island of Lesbos has been repeatedly covered by major media outlets including German, Austrian and Swiss national television programs ‘ttt’ and ‘3sat kulturzeit’, on WDR television and in countless newspaper articles, radio features and other reports.