Danae Dörken




 German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken is among the very few artists capable of spell-binding any audience with the very first bars of their music. Her breathtaking technical skills and deeply reflected interpretations come with an outstanding communicative connection with her audience and great natural charm. Having electrified listeners at leading festivals and concert halls throughout the world, she is today regarded as one of the most sought-after pianists of her generation. 

In season 2017/18 she will give her recital debuts on invitation by the Tonhalle Zurich, Vienna Konzerthaus, Bozar Brussels, the festival “Piano aux Jacobin” in Toulouse, “PianoEspoo” in Finland as well as in Bozen and Siegen. As woloist with orchestra she will perform Mozart with the Dusseldorf Symphony under Lahav Shani, Schumann with the Las Vegas Symphony and Ullmann with the Munich Symphony orchestra. Highlights of the 2016/17 season included her debut solo recital at Konzerthaus Berlin, followed by recitals in Münster and Bielefeld performances with the highly esteemed Schoneberg concert cycle. Following an invitation by Artur Pizzaro she has also played recitals in Madeira, as well as in Koblenz, Neuenhagen and Dresden. Danae has performed as a soloist together with Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. American violinist Caroline Goulding was on a tour with Danae Dörken that had them appear at Vienna Konzerthaus, the Salzburg Mozarteum, KKL Lucerne, Lugano Musica, in Sweden, at Wigmore Hall and in Gauting. She has also continued her collaboration with her pianist sister Kiveli, presenting with her a four-hand piano repertoire, and with cellist Benedict Klöckner. One of Danae’s latest collaboration projects brought her together with oboist Philippe Tondre, with whom she had also presented a SWR Southwest Radio produced new CD. 

Her groundbreaking recording of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 and Mendelssohn’s Second Piano Concerts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia was released in May 2016. Two years earlier she had produced her second CD with fantasies by Schumann, Schubert and C.P.E. Bach (ARS Produktion). Her debut CD with piano works by Leoš Janáček, released in 2012, received highest critical acclaim. 

Despite being only 25 years old, Danae Dörken has already played in major concert halls such as the Cologne Philharmonie, Essen Philharmonie, Gasteig Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, at Frankfurt's Alte Oper, and Beethoven Haus Bonn. She is a regular guest at festivals such as Kissinger Sommer, Schwetzingen Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Chamber Music Festival "Spannungen" in Heimbach. Ms. Dörken has performed with artists such as Lars Vogt, Gustav Rivinius, Sharon Kam, Artur Pizarro, Christiane Oelze, Carolin Widmann, and Katia and Marielle Labèque. 

Danae Dörken is driven by her deep desire to bring people of different age and origin together by the means of music. In 2015 Danae and Kiveli Dörken founded the Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF), presenting highest level chamber music concerts on the Greek island of Lesbos. Amidst the Greek debt crisis and the dramatic situation of refugess in the Aegean Sea, Lesbos sees not only the tradition of classical music brought to its shores, but also a bridge between Greece and Germany being built by Danae’s festival. Throughout the year, the festival is surrounded by benefit and other events across cities in Germany presenting with leading artists including Lars Vogt, Maximillian Hornung, Sebastian Manz, Danjulo Ishizaka, Philippe Tondre, and Linus Roth. 

Born in Wuppertal in August 1991, Danae Dörken grew up in a German-Greek family. She received her first piano lessons at the age of five with Marina Kheifets and won her first competition just six months later. She has since received numerous awards in national and international competitions. Due to her outstanding performance as the youngest participant in the "International Competition for Young Musicians" in Enschede, Netherlands, the "Prix Unique" prize was specifically created for Danae Dörken and is now being awarded annually ever since. 

In March 1999 she met violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, attended an orchestra rehearsal with him and was invited to play for him. Menuhin was so impressed by the young pianist that he offered to support her personally. Unfortunately, he passed away shortly after this meeting. At the end of 2002 Danae Dörken attended a master class of the renowned piano teacher Karl-Heinz Kammerling, who immediately invited her to join his class and continued teaching her until his death in 2012. Subsequently, Dörken continued her studies with Lars Vogt in Hannover.