has been Artist Manager at Karsten Witt Musik Management since April 2017, focusing on vocal music and opera.
Before moving to Berlin, she lived in the UK and had been Artistic Planning Manager at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for the last three years, accompanying the orchestra on tours to China and Japan among other duties. Prior to this position she worked in various roles starting in the Conductors & Instrumentalists Division followed by the Attractions/Projects and Vocal Divisions at IMG Artists in London and gained first experiences in the Orchestra Touring Division at Concerto Winderstein in Munich.
Following her degree in Professional Choir Singing at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich, she graduated as a Foreign Language Correspondent. Early on she developed her love for singing and opera through regular opera trips and being a member in the children and extra chorus at the Theatre in Regensburg as well in various other choirs.
grew up in Nördlinger Ries in southwest Bavaria. She received piano and ballet lessons and also sang in church choirs in Nördlingen.
After completing her A-Levels and a time spent in London as an au-pair, Irene studied cultural sciences at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder and the Université d’Orléans in France. During her Bachelor degree and Master programme, she gained invaluable work experience through internships in the cultural management sector, including at the Förderverein Zukunft Konzerthaus e.V. and Goethe Institute Berlin.
Both during and after her studies, she also worked on a freelance basis at the broadcaster Deutsche Welle as a member of the editorial team for DW-TV News.
Irene has worked at Karsten Witt Musik Management since 2011.
was born in Kazan (Russia). There he started learning the trumpet at the age of six at the music grammar school. After graduating from the Kazan College of Music with a diploma in trumpet, he performed with orchestras in Russia and Europe. From 2001 to 2002, he worked with klezmer ensembles in the USA.
He has lived in Berlin since 2003 and was a trumpeter with the orchestras of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Komische Oper, among others. During this time he began a degree in Management and Marketing at the Wirtschaftsakademie Berlin in 2005, subsequently working for a market research institute in Düsseldorf. During his studies, he gained invaluable experience in the area of artist management as private secretary to diverse and renowned artists and for projects at international artist agencies, including Takt4Art in Amsterdam.
He has worked at Karsten Witt Musik Management since August 2011
has been managing director of Karsten Witt Musik Management since March 2011 as well as a Director of the International Artist Managers’ Association (IAMA) since November 2014.
She was born in Lüneburg and went to school in East Frisia and Hanover. She was introduced to opera and concert at an early age by her music-loving parents and at the age of 5, received her first piano, and later saxophone lessons. She studied Musicology and English language at the University of Hamburg and graduated with a Master's Degree.
In her Master's Thesis "Does Music make a Difference?" she worked on the development of musical abilities and transfer effects of music education in an empirical study. During her studies, she took part in the American Studies Program 1998/1999 at Smith College, USA, as a Fulbright and Smith grantee as well as in the Intensive Program in Cognitive Musicology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
During her studies, she already regularly worked as a freelancer for Konzertdirektion Schmid from 1994, and was employed at their London office from July 2000 to February 2004. She joined Karsten Witt Musik Management as artist manager in April 2004.
She likes to relax in the great outdoors in her leisure time and is an avid kayaker, hiker and ice-skater. In the summer of 2015, she walked the Camino de Santiago and earned the Compostela.
was born in Munich and grew up in the Allgäu.
She studied Musicology (in combination with Theatre and French) at the University of Vienna and the Sorbonne in Paris.
In her second semester in Vienna she discovered contemporary music and became enthusiastic about it since. Later in her studies she worked for the Austrian CD label KAIROS and the Arcana Festival, a festival for contemporary music in Austria.
As a volunteer at the free radio station Radio Orange 94.0 in Vienna, she she is running a radio show called Katrins Klangschiene. Since 2009 she is presenting together with a colleague composed and improvised music.
Katrin is working for Karsten Witt Musik Management since 2012.
has been managing director of Karsten Witt Musik Management since March 2011, and has worked as an artist and project manager at the company since it was founded in 2004.
Having initially worked on orchestral tours and special projects, she now focuses on soloists, conductors and new music.
Before working at Karsten Witt Musik Management, Xenia Groh-Hu managed Austrian musical ensembles, taught piano at the Purkersdorf Music School in Vienna between 1995-2003, and took part in educational music projects for children for the Kulturkontakt Austria and Theater Akzent Vienna, amongst others. In 1999 she founded the Austrian organisation AsianCultureLink to foster cultural exchange between Asia and Europe.
Xenia Groh-Hu was born in Zürich and brought up in Taipei and Vienna. She studied Musicology (in combination with Theatre, Sinology and Business Administration) at the University of Vienna, piano at the Conservatory of Music in Vienna and attended several cultural management courses. She has given lectures and workshops on traditional and contemporary Chinese music and worked as a translator for cultural institutions and projects from 1992.
was born in Dresden and grew up on the seaside in Cuxhaven. She gained her Masters in Applied Cultural Sciences majoring in music and business administration at the University of Lüneburg, which included studies at the School of Economics and Business Law in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Karoline has played the violin since her childhood and regularly participated in youth and student orchestra projects at home and abroad. During her studies, Karoline worked at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festiva and joined the touring staff of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. She further completed internships at public radio.
After her graduation, she worked for two years as a festival manager for the Hamburger Musikfest and the Hamburger Ostertöne. In 2006, Karoline joined Karsten Witt Musik Management as projects and touring manager.
has been an administrator in the New Music Department since April 2017. Before joining Karsten Witt, he spent a year as an Assistant Publicist at London-based classical music PR agency Macbeth Media Relations for clients including The Metropolitan Opera, Aldeburgh Music and Grafenegg Festival and worked as a freelance music writer, providing programme notes for organisations including the BBC Proms and articles for publications including Sinfini Music.
Born and raised in Hertfordshire, England, where he was an enthusiastic singer and participant in local choirs, Samuel completed his school studies in Cambridge. He read Music at the University of Oxford, including composition studies with Robert Saxton, graduating with First Class Honours, and went on to study for a Masters in Ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, during which time he completed an internship at the record label World Music Network.
is a project manager in the New Music department since September 2017. Brought up in a musical family, she received her first violin lessons at the age of four before switching to cello, and was a member of several youth and student orchestras, including the Norwegian Ungdomssinfonikerne and the Akademische Philharmonie Heidelberg.
Having studied Musicology and German at Heidelberg and the Universidad de Salamanca, she is currently completing her Masters at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
In the last few years she has gained experience in PR and cultural management through training and internships, including at the Goethe Institute Columbia in Bogotá.
Katrin Matzke-Baazoug (currently on maternity leave)
was born in Schwerin in northeast Germany where she attended the music grammar school, singing in the youth choir for many years. She started having piano lessons at the age of six. Following a gap year, she began studying musicology and cultural management at the Liszt School of Music Weimar and French literature at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
During her studies, which she completed in 2008 with a Magister Artium, she worked as an artist assistant at the yearly master classes and music competitions, in the university archive, for the Belvedere music grammar school, and for the Verband Deutsche KonzertChöre, among others. In addition, she worked for the Verein Academia Musicalis Thuringiae for three years on the Güldener Herbst Festival in the press, marketing, project execution and programme design departments.
Katrin has worked at Karsten Witt Musik Management since September 2010.
is a Junior Artist Manager and Project Manager in the Vocal and Contemporary Music departments. Prior to joining Karsten Witt Music Management in September 2016, she worked in a Berlin antiquarian shop whilst she completed further studies at the Hamburg Institute for Cultural and Media Management (KMM), having previously studied German, Philosophy and English in Berlin.
Clara was born in Nuremberg in 1977 into a family of musicians and discovered a passion for music and singing at an early age. She has performed in choirs and orchestras since she was young and subsequently became involved with their administration, for example as a violinist of the Junge Deutschen Philharmonie during her studies, and later as a member of a chamber choir in Berlin.
has been office manager and the management’s personal assistant at Karsten Witt Musik Management since February 2017. Before this position, she worked as Concert Manager for the baroque ensemble Le Concert Lorrain in Metz (France) and as a researcher in the Complete Mendelssohn Edition project in Leipzig.
Born in France, Camille completed her Masters in Music Management at the Sorbonne University in Paris, followed by Musicology at the Humboldt University in Berlin, with a thesis on Liszt’s transcription of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Besides her work at Karsten Witt Musik Management, Camille plays the clarinet. She received her first instruction in the instrument at the age of ten and continued her instrumental practice during her academic studies, and currently plays chamber music as well as in an orchestra.
has been working as an Assistant Manager at Karsten Witt Musik Management since August 2017. She studied Social Science at Sciences Po and Literature Studies at the Sorbonne, both in Paris, before spending her year abroad at Claremont Colleges in California. She continued her studies at Sciences Po with a Master’s degree in Public Affairs with a focus on Culture. She accompanied her studies with internships at Karsten Witt Musik Management, the Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie and the Bureau Export in Berlin.
Born in the Alsace district of France, she started playing violin at six years of age, performing in youth and student orchestras in France and abroad. She currently plays in various ensembles in Berlin.
received his first French horn lesson at the age of 10. He studied French horn at the music conservatories in Karlsruhe, Düsseldorf and Oslo and was a professional horn player with several German orchestras until 2004.
Parallel to working as a musician, Stefan Schulte studied philosophy and cultural studies at Witten/Herdecke University from 2002 to 2005, and completed a diploma course in culture and media management at the Hamburg Institute for Cultural and Media Management. His strong interest in Italian led him to Italy, where he attended the University of Siena (modules included philosophy and music and theater studies). Stefan Schulte gained practical experience in arts management as an intern in the Semper Opera Dresden's artist administration department and in the marketing department of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. During this time, he also shadowed Willy Decker and Eike Gramss among others, and acted as Michael Hampe's assistant director for the revival of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. After completing his studies at the Institute for Cultural and Media Management, Stefan Schulte worked as junior project manager at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.
Since November 2009, Stefan Schulte has been part of Karsten Witt Musik Management as project manager in the touring and projects department.
has worked at Karsten Witt Music Management since July 2016 as a Project Manager with a focus on strings. A qualified instrumental teacher as well as an experienced arts manager, she spent valuable time at the Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries (BDI) in Berlin, where she headed the music department from 2003-2016.
Her previous experience includes positions at the Bärenreiter/Gustav Bosse publishing house in Kassel, the cultural marketing agency Kulturbüro in Hamburg and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, where she was PA to the Vice President. During this time, she also completed a degree in Cultural Management. Heike was born in 1967 in the Rhineland, and after her school graduation she studied Music Education in Matsumoto in Japan and Hamburg, with a focus on general music education and strings. She is an active violinist and violist in chamber music ensembles and orchestras, and enjoys outdoor activities, the Feldenkrais Method and Qi Gong.
Born on 5 March 1952 in Hamburg. School in Aachen and Hamburg. 1971 to 1979 studies of philosophy, mathematics and linguistics in Hamburg and Constance. BA and MA in philosophy, dissertation in philosophy of science (Theory of Action and Developmental Logic).
First violin lessons at the age of nine. Member of several youth orchestras. Scholarship for the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen/Michigan. Concertmaster and speaker of the Bundesjugendorchester (National Youth Orchestra).
1974 foundation of the Bundesstudentenorchester - Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (National Student Orchestra), acting as its speaker and manager; participating as violinist until 1980. Managing Director of the orchestra from 1979 to 1987, with offices based in Freiburg and from 1984 in Frankfurt.
1980 foundation of the Ensemble Modern and the Chamber Orchestra of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, with the Ensemble Modern becoming a fully professional ensemble in Frankfurt in 1985, followed by the Chamber Orchestra in 1987, now under the name of Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie. 1986 to 1990 Managing Director of the German section of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM).
1987 foundation of the Deutsche Ensemble Akademie, a common funding association for the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the now independent Ensemble Modern and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie in Frankfurt. Managing Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie until 1989 and of the Deutsche Ensemble Akademie and Ensemble Modern until 1991.
1991 to 1996 General Secretary of the Vienna Konzerthaus. At the same time president of the festival Wien Modern, member of the European Concert Halls Organisation ECHO (foundation in 1991), Governor of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and of the Vienna Festival. Foundation of the Vienna Spring Festival and the Austrian contemporary music festival Hörgänge in 1992, of the early music festival Resonanzen in 1994 and of the Viennese festival Film&Musik in 1995. Start of the nationwide music education project Klangnetze in 1993. Major renovation plans for the Konzerthaus.
1995 speaker of the Advisory Committee for the restructuring of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. 1995/1996 lecturer in Cultural Management at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
1996 to 1999 President of the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft in Hamburg. Restructuring of the company, launch of the 20/21 series, release of the complete Beethoven edition, celebration of DG’s 100th anniversary in 1998.
Since 1999 Governor of the Deutsche Ensemble Akademie. 1999/2000 member of the Culture Commission NRW in Europe, appointed by the Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia.
1999 to 2002 Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre (Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery) in London. Master plan for the Southbank Centre, renovation plan for the Royal Festival Hall, celebration of the 50th birthday of the Royal Festival Hall in 2001.
2000 to 2002 Governor of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. 2001 to 2008 curator of the newly founded Allianz Kulturstiftung; Launch of its International Conductors Academy with the Philharmonia Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnanyi and London Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Masur in 2003.
Since 2002 projects with Shaksfin Asia in Singapore, including the start of the first major Asian contemporary music festival in Taipei (April 2003/January 2004).
2002 Artistic Advisor of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. 2002 to 2013 Governor of the Vienna Konzerthaus. 2003 advisor to the Hungarian Culture Minister for the planning of the Palace of Arts in Budapest.
2004 start of Karsten Witt Musik Management (artists management, projects, consulting) in Berlin.
2004/2005 lecturer at the University of Zurich for the Executive Master in Arts Administration programme. 2005 to 2008 Artistic Advisor of the Athens Concert Hall, Megaron. 2006 to 2009 Governor of the International Artist Managers' Association (IAMA). 2007 member of the international advisory committee of the Ministry of Culture of Latvia for the planning of a new National Concert and Conference Centre in Riga. 2008 visiting professor in cultural management at Tokyo University. 2008 to 2010 project manager for the planned Beethoven Festspielhaus in Bonn.
Awards: Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst from the Republic of Austria in 1996, Silbernes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um das Land Wien from the City of Vienna in 1997, Kleinkreuz des Verdienstordens of the Republic of Hungary in 1999.