Tell us a little bit about yourself, your music-making, and your life.
My friends call me Annie, I am a classically trained cellist from Germany and am particularly interested in interdisciplinary art making: When I was young, my grandma used to read fairytales to us whilst we would paint or sew and her stories would influence our creations… much more recently, in my last year at the RCS to be exact, I did an interdisciplinary performance installation on the question of the role of white people in the fight against racism, combining film making, live music, story telling and contemporary performance practices.
What are your favourite things?
How tough! I love all things and try to see beauty in everything! But, since I have to decide.. my answer will be: berries, a walk in the sun with a friend, hugging, real laughter and the times I spent in Budapest on my Erasmus exchange semester.
How did you first get into music?
It was the first day of primary school. The school orchestra played at the end of the ceremony for us and that was the moment I saw this beautiful blonde girl playing the cello. I had never seen such beauty before in my life! I told my mum I wanted to learn that instrument – that was the beginning of it all.
What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?
I remember being very surprised, as a kid, when I found out that some of my friends were playing their instruments just “for fun” or “as a hobby”.. I had taken it seriously from the start – in my head that just made sense!
What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
All of it – except Schlager (a German music genre typically played on the Oktoberfest, for example. I think, that is the only time I can stand to listen to it.. because of the beer, let’s be honest).
How would you describe Nevis Ensemble to someone else?
Different, refreshing, important!