We deeply thank all jury members for their help and support. The jury for 2012 was (in alphabetical order):
Maren Borchers-Fromageot began her career as an ensemble member at the Hamburg State Opera, the Theater des Westens in Berlin and the Schauspielhaus, Cologne. Thereafter, she studied Applied Cultural Science in Lüneburg. She worked as a press agent for Stella AG (Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and as a manager for press and promotion for EMI Classics, Germany. Since 2005, Ms. Borchers directs her own public relations agency >Maren Borchers for artists< in Berlin.
Matthias Brixel studied french horn under Prof. Erich Penzel as well as economics with additional courses in computer science graduating with a thesis entitled >Decision model for planning the repertoire of opera companies<. From 1990 to 1998 Brixel served as an assistant lecturer at the University of Cologne. In 1994, he realised >Project Opera Online<, which made the Cologne Opera the first German opera company to utilize the internet. Klassik.com was founded in 1995 and since 2000, Mr. Brixel has served as Director of eMusici GmbH, an IT-services and application development company for the cultural industries.
Trained in economics, Mr. Kahleyss studied music ethnology and communication in Berlin, earning his doctorate. In 1984, Rainer Kahleyss has worked as an editor and in distribution of Bote & Bock, Berlin and has been head of the Baerenreiter company >Vereinigte Schallplatten-vertriebs GmbH Disco-Center< as well as the Neuwerk music shop. Since 1996 Mr. Kahleyss runs his own production and distribution company Klassik Center in Kassel. Dr. Rainer Kahleyss is also a co-founder of CLASS, the Association of Classical Independents in Germany e.V.
Jobst Liebrecht, who studied with Hermann Michael and Peter Eötvös, has worked with renowned new music groups such as Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Köln, Ensemble Resonanz and Ensemble United Berlin. His conducting engagements include the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Duisburg Philharmonic, the Sinfonietta Leipzig, and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. In addition he has conducted at many German opera houses and appeared internationally in Argentina, Georgia, South Korea, Switzerland and the USA. Liebrecht has conducted premieres of modern operas such as Lunu by Moritz Eggert and the music theater piece Der Golem in Bayreuth at the Vienna Burgtheater (director: Einar Schleef). In 2004, his WERGO recording of Hans Werner Henze’s fairy tale opera Pollicino was awarded the ECHO Klassik prize in the category >Classical for Children<. Jobst Liebrecht has led the Marzahn-Hellersdorf Symphonic Youth Orchestra since the group was founded in 2005. In 2010 WERGO released his recording of Paul Hindemiths "Plöner Musiktag"
David Orlowsky studied classical clarinet with Prof. Manfred Lindner in Essen and with Charles Neidich at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Since then he has appeared at Gidon Kremer's Lockenhaus Festival, the Moritzburgfestival, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival and Lucerne Festival amongst others. For his US debut Orlowsky performed Mozart's Concerto for Clarinet in Carnegie Hall. Orlowsky works together with artists such as Daniel Hope, Andreas Haefliger, Sergio Azzolini and the Vogler-Quartett as well as with contemporary composers Torsten Rasch, Avner Dorman and David Bruce. David Orlowsky has twice won the ECHO Klassik award (2008, 2011), both as a solo artist and for his trio's work.
Rebecca Schmid is a freelance journalist as well as the Berlin News Correspondent for Musical America. Her articles have appeared in publications such as American Record Guide, BBC Music Magazine, Chamber Music Magazine, Das Orchester, Deutsche Welle, Gramophone, NPR Berlin, Positionen and The Wall Street Journal. Rebecca is a classically-trained singer and has performed as a soloist and in professional choirs in Austria and Switzerland. Holding a BA from Brown University in music and comparative literature and an MA in Arts Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Rebecca Schmid studied the work of Ignaz von Seyfried with a grant from the Austrian-American Fulbright Commission.
Frank Stahmer studied violoncello and has performed in various music projects, orchestras and chamber ensembles ranging from rock bands to contemporary classical. Stahmer also studied business administration and marketing in Hamburg, worked in online advertising and in 2000 started his own digital communication agency (BethkeStahmer) with
which he introduced streaming advertising in Germany. Stahmer then studied International Arts Management in Salzburg at the ICCM (International Centre for Culture & Management) and University of Salzburg, graduating with a thesis >About the Future of Classical Music< (2006). Stahmer managed the European Composers Congress for the Austrian Composer Society where he remained as Marketing & Communication Manager until 2010. He also accompanied the founding of the European Composers’ Forum (Vienna), of which he was General Secretary from 2006-2010, as well as the establishment of the European Composer & Songwriter Alliance (Brussels). Stahmer is an elected Board Member of the European Music Council (EMC) and runs his music & arts agency >missionCulture<. He is also the project coordinator of the ArtMusFair.