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.
is Project Manager in the New Music department, and as Office Manager ensures the smooth running of the office. Prior to joining Karsten Witt Musik Management in January 2016, she worked for many years as the Production Assistant and Manager of international music theatre projects with the Marc Sinan Company as well as the Dresdner Sinfoniker. Previously, she worked as a freelance copywriter for dance and visual art in Berlin and Rostock, and audited courses in Dance Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin.
After studying History, Slavic Studies and Sport Science in Rostock and St Petersburg, Wiebke spent some years as a cultural manager at the Ahrenshoop artist colony and organised events in the Baltic Sea resort. During her semester in St Petersburg, she worked on the culture desk of the St Petersburgischen Zeitung and at the human rights association Memorial. Wiebke completed her studies with a master’s thesis on “The aesthetics and ceremonial role of dance in the courts of the Holy Roman Empire, 1650 until 1750”. She was born in Rostock in 1977, begun ballet lessons in her first school years and later took up the saxophone.
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.
was born in Zurich and grew 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.
During her studies, she conducted musicological research in Taiwan with an emphasis on traditional Taiwanese and Chinese music. She gave lectures and workshops on traditional and contemporary Chinese music in Austria, Germany, China and Taiwan and has worked as a translator for cultural institutions and projects since 1992.
As a pianist, Xenia has been teaching piano since 1995, e.g. at the Purkersdorf Music School in Austria, and conceiving educational music projects for children, amongst others for Kulturkontakt Austria and Theater Akzent Vienna.
In 1999 Xenia co-founded the Viennese organisation AsianCultureLink, aiming to foster cultural exchanges between Asia and Europe. She has been involved in various cultural activities, among others the production and co-ordination of AsianCultureLink projects, organisational work and management for the music ensembles Triology, Son Dos and the Ensemble On Line Vienna. She has also worked as an assistant director for the Wiener Taschenoper.
Xenia has been with Karsten Witt Musik Management in Berlin since the company's founding in 2004, working as an artist and project manager and as managing director during this time.
was born in Siegen and spent several of her childhood years in Africa and South America. She began to study piano and when she entered school, later extending this to become a freelance organist, also taking courses in church music throughout her youth.
She studied Spanish and German Studies in Bonn and Granada, Spain. During that time, she worked mainly in the areas of media and the arts, for example at the Spanish-language editorial unit of the Deutsche Welle Radio in Cologne as well as in the Spanish Embassy’s press department. After gaining her Master’s degree, she worked for the Spanish Instituto Cervantes in Munich and Berlin for several years, where she was responsible for the scheduling and realisation of concerts and lectures.
Since July 2008, Tonia Henning has been working at Karsten Witt Musik Management, first as Artist Manager, and now focusing on composers and contemporary music.
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.
was born in Mauritius, has a French and English passport and grew up in Rome, Vienna and near Geneva. She speaks French, German and English.
She studied the piano in Vienna and Geneva. In 1990 she graduated at the European Management Academy in Vienna.
She started to work for an artists agency during her studies in Vienna. From 1991 until 1996 she joined the Vienna Konzerthaus, first as the assistant of the General Secretary then in the concert organization where she was responsible for over 100 concerts per season. She organized the concert series Vienna Synphony Orchestra, ORF-Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble modern, Organ-Matinee and Pianists as well as the festival Wien Modern.
When she moved to Hamburg and later to London she took up Interior Design, her other passion. She worked for Rick Mather at Rick Mather Architects in London.
In the summer 2003 she took over the management of the Arditti Quartet.
In spring 2004 she founded Karsten Witt Musik Management with her husband Karsten Witt.
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.
was born in Flensburg. Her musical education began with piano lessons at the age of 6. Later, she added the oboe to her instrumental repertoire and also sang in choirs.
She studied Musicology and Italian Literature at universities in Marburg, Berlin, and Venice, Italy, as well as Music Management in Ludwigsburg. During her studies, she worked for the Hessischer Rundfunk in Frankfurt and in the press office of the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart.
After gaining her master's degrees, she worked at the University of Zurich as project manager for the International Congress of Musicology 2007, which takes place in a different town every five years. She then worked on the organisational board for the University of Zurich's 75th anniversary and was responsible for the celebration's opening ceremony.
Caroline Scholz has been working at Karsten Witt Musik Management since August 2008.
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.
Born and raised in Cologne, Thomas moved to Bielefeld for his Abitur and civilian service before going on to study Applied Cultural Studies at the University of Hildesheim. He already had the opportunity to take his first steps into the classical music world during his studies with month-long internships at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
After his studies he organised concert tours for international symphony and chamber orchestras at the long-established artist and touring agency Concerto Winderstein based in Munich. In 2012 he joined the management team of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra as head of the department for concert planning and communication. From summer 2015 he worked in close collaboration with the Opus GmbH Stuttgart on the conception of projects that spanned both jazz and classical genres and as agent for various soloists and conductors. Thomas has been working at Karsten Witt Musik Management as artist and project manager since May 2016.
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.
was born in London and grew up in Bristol, receiving her first cello lesson at the age of seven. She went on to study French and German at Newcastle University, where she was a dedicated member of several orchestras and ensembles.
Following a year abroad in Berlin as an English teaching assistant at a school during her degree, she returned to Germany as a German Academic Exchange Service English Trainer at the publishing house Gruner + Jahr in Hamburg, working with employees of the Financial Times Deutschland. She also completed internships at the translation company KERN and in Hamburg University’s Music Department.
She has played in the Hamburg University Orchestra and is currently a member of the Humboldt Student Philharmonie in Berlin.
She has worked at Karsten Witt Musik Management since 2013.