Anton Halbblut studied in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Music College and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Prof. Natalia Schahovskaya. After graduating in 1998, he moved to Tel Aviv, Israel, and became cellist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Zubin Metha.
As solo cellist at the Philharmonia of the Nations under the direction of Justus Frantz, Anton Halbblut visited several countries between 2000 and 2002. From 2002 to 2009 he played the lead cello at Neue Philharmonie Westfalen. As freelance cellist, Anton Halbblut had numerous gigs at music festivals. After an invitation from Professor Zakhar Bron, he is a member of Bron Chambers at the music festival Interlaken Classics. Anton Halbblut on Youtube
Boriana Pertchinska, born 1974 in Sofia, visited the National School of Fine Arts Ilia Petrov from 1988 to 1993 and graduated in 1999 with the M.A. in mural painting at National Academy of Fine Arts Sofia. Since 1997 internatio-nal exhibitions i.a. in Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Canada, Malta, Taiwan, France and Germany. She was honored by various scholarships and awards, including the 2009 Award for Special Merit by the International d'Art Miniature Quebec/ Canada, 2002 the UBA competition victory for partici-pation in the international exhibition "100 Faces" and in 2001 the National Award of the Bulgarian Council of Ministers. Her works are i.a. owned by Oberhaus Museum Passau, the Museum of the National Academy of Fine Arts Sofia and the Romanian Embassy. www.boriana-pertchinska.com
Born in 1974 in Berlin-Köpenick, Dana Bennewitz lives in western Havelland (Brandenburg) since 2000. On the one hand her painting is inspired by fairy tailes and myths, on the other by everyday’s life with its inherent bizarreness. The worlds in which her protagonists are living interweave reality with inner illusion and dream. By this, scenes evolve that depict the complex facets of individually lived realities, in which the boundaries between inside and outside blur in their contradictions. Dana Bennewitz works with an old technique, glaze painting, that she acquired herself in years of investigation, contemplation of medieval paintings and own experiments. As well as the paintings lead the viewer deeper into their symbolism over several levels, the color is applied in layers. This gives the color world of these pictures an own brilliance and depth. www.theartangel.de
Frank Jerke, born in Berlin in 1965, comes from a real family of photographers. Already his grandparents and his mother practiced this profession, which proverbially allowed him to grow into a world that could always be mirrored and thought through the eyes of the photographer and his camera. Initially, Frank Jerke started his career in an advertising agency, but soon decided to work as a freelance photographer for artists and in the product and advertising photography sector. Under the title “Digital emigrants on Wood" he creates photo-transformations on wood that were inspired by a kind of deficit experience that he associates with the now-inflationary digital photography: the lack of contact to and engagement with sensual materials, as well as the loss of moments of the unavailable and surprising. The "Digital emigrants on wood" are digitally produced photographs that Frank brings back to the natural, analogous medium of wood. The challenge of this work lies in creating symbioses of two different aesthetics: the aesthetics of naturally grown structures and the aesthetics of digitally designed graphics. www.frankjerke.de
Born in Baku in 1986, Günay Shamsi lives and works in Berlin since 2015. Her artistic career includes an education as piano player (1991-1998), a diploma with
distinction at the Azerbaijan State University of Culture (2007-2011) and a diploma of the German-Azerbaijani Society e.V. for merits in developing the German-Azerbaijani Friendship Relationships
(2010), next to numerous art prizes. Her qualification in the field of restoration (2004-2006) and the study of sculpture at the Kunsthochschule Weissensee Berlin since 2015 lead the artictic
work of Günay Shamsi beyond the horizon of painting. Since 2009 she is present at numerous group and solo exhibitions in Berlin, Baku, Moscow, Prague, Paris, Normandy, Tromsø, Potsdam, Fulda and
Bremen, including the United Buddy Bears Show 2009/10 in Berlin. www.gunay-shamsi.com
Hakan Tuğrul (*1985) lives today as a Santur soloist, composer and Santur teacher in Berlin and Istanbul. From his youth he was enthusiastic about music and discovered the Santur in 2009. First self-taught, he expanded his skills traveling through Iran, where he met many several masters of Santur play, including Ali Bahrami Fard, recognized Santur soloist and lecturer at the University of Tehran. Hakan is author of compilations for albums ("Coalesce", Temir Taikşa et al., 2014), documentaries and films. With music project "Ebed Trio" participation in various music festivals such as the Mystic Music Festival (Latvia), Mystic Rose Festival (Greece), Sufi Celebration (Greece), Hermitage Urban Spiritual Hub (Romania). Engagements in meditation and yoga classes in Turkey, Greece and Germany. Together with Ney-player Tayfun Guttstadt 2018 he had a gig at the Fusion Festival in Germany together with the project "Efendi Groove".
Hamid Sadighi Neiriz
Hamid Sadighi Neiriz, born in Tehran in 1947, moved to West Berlin at the age of 17 to study art: at first, from 1966 on architecture, then photography (University
of the Fine Arts), from 1972 art history and archeology (TU Berlin) and Art History and Ethnology (FU Berlin), 1976/77 educational trip to Tehran to study Persian mysti-cism & philosophy and
archeology at the University of Tehran. 1980 together with Karin and Robin Hawkes founder of the Berlin Galerie Neiriz - until 2014 one of the leading galleries for kilims and artefacts of
non-European art, in the 1980s with also active in exhibitions of contemporary artists such as Harald Metzkes and Michaela Holzheimer. Neiriz developed his painting privately for many years
alongside his profession as a dealer and collector, while he already exhibited photographs in Teheran in 1978/79, which received much public attention because of their socially critical message.
The first large exhibition of own paintings took place in 2001/02 in Zitadelle Spandau.
Ilona Ottenbreit, born in 1972 in Erbach / Odenwald, studied Painting under Prof. Volker Stelzmann at Berlin University of the Arts since 1998 and in 2002 changed
to Sculpture under Prof. Harro Jacob where she graduated as master class student in 2006. Since 2001 numerous solo and group exhibitions, national and international scholarships, among them
the painting scholarship of Dorothea Konwiarz Stiftung in 2001 and a working scholarship in Collioure, Côte Vermeille,
France in 2005. Her works are in the public collections of BBBank Berlin and PTV Karlsruhe. In 2011 Ilona Ottenbreit founded the performance group "Dimensions". This was the initiation for
conceptual developments in the live performance sector that bring dance, theatre, music, and painting together. In 2011 and 2013 she got public project promotions for the
Sculpture-Dance-Performances "Dimensions" and "Homo Utopiens". www.ilonaottenbreit.de
Born in Neustadt am Rübenberge in 1965, Jan Beumelburg studied Fine Arts at Braunschweig Academy of Fine Arts in 1984. In 1990 Diploma and Masters Degree as student
of Prof. Roland Dörfler. From 1990 to 1993 freelancer at the Staatstheater Braunschweig and Schauspiel Frankfurt a.M. Since 1990 numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany (including
Braunschweig, Berlin, Marburg, Potsdam, Frankfurt a.M., Cottbus, Frankfurt a.d.O., Belzig, Tübingen, Ahrenshoop) and abroad (Amsterdam, Haifa/ Israel, Paris, Minca/ Colombia), since 1997 awarded
with various scholarships i.a. with the residence scholarship Schloss Wiepersdorf. Also successful in other fields of art such as architectural art Jan in painting is engaged in the subject of
the human body both in terms of content and style. He is interested in, as he says, "the mixture of different spaces, such as external and internal spaces and as well different levels of time.
Seemingly without contradiction collage-like fragments form arrangements in which the profane and the significant, elements of macroscopic world and the microcosm, comedy and melancholy go side
by side ". In the recent works, Jan is dealing more and more with the history of his family, which gives him impulses to put parts of (old) photos into new artistic contexts: "What was expressed
in earlier paintings as a graphic trace in connection with painting, now is leaded by the monochrome colorfulness of the photographic elements and results in the peculiar combination of painting
and graphics, of feeling and reason, which runs like a red thread through my work." www.jan-beumelburg.de
Kana Tanaka was born in Japan and began training in Hip-Hop dance and Jazz dance in 1997. After graduating from high school, she went to New York where she trained at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway. After returning to Japan, she worked as back dancer of musicians and participated in many dance festivals in Japan. In 2005 Kana began training in contemporary dance and started a professional dancing career. During the ongoing training she created her own dance style. In 2006 Kana began to work as a member of dance company BabyQ under the direction of Yoko Higashino. She also participated in various dance festivals around Europe and Asia. As solo contemporary dancer she worked with many different artists. In 2012 she moved to Berlin.
Lilian Noetzel (*1963) is a freelance author, editor and lecturer. Her work on texts originally came from textiles: the skilled hand weaver graduated in the study of Rhetoric (chair founded by Walter Jens), Literature, Medieval Studies and additionally absolved a practical-artistic study of Literature and Theater in the Studio Literature & Theater of the University of Tübingen under the direction of Uwe Kolbe with certificate. After university examination, she held regular lectures in Stylistics and Creative Writing from 2007 to 2013 at the Department of Rhetoric, Faculty of Philosophy at University of Tübingen. After publication of “Belish’s Garden” further publications (essay, narrative, poetry), scholarships, awards (including the Georg K. Glaser Prize 2015), readings and performances followed. Lilian Noetzel works for the artist and media agency NeueMedia Berlin.
Born in Poland in 1953, since 1980 in Germany, Marek Benczewski lives and works in Berlin since 2014. In addition to his own artistic work, he is also the initiator and organizer of a variety of international art and cultural projects, i.a. in the field of performance (e.g. “Temporary Falling and Fainting Theater", 1999-2007 in Italy, Russia, Poland, Germany), social pedagogy and installation (station vision, currently in Berlin).
As a draftsman Marek is an attentive detector of contemporary history, which he focuses on with a sharp pencil tip or flowing pen of ink. His works, delicately
detailed and designed to challenge the viewer's mind, are pieces thinking about the present. By means of their sometimes poetic, sometimes grotesque gesture they become drawn metaphors of life.
It is no coincidence that sometimes the essential is outside the picture. www.benczewski.de
Sara Assadi, 1985 born and raised in Teheran, lives and works in Berlin since 2008. Dealing with art and painting already since high school with a diploma in graphic design, she proceeded the development of her artistic skills during her academic studies, where she holds degrees in product design (B.A.) and technology and innovation management (M.Sc.). Since 2015 she is professionally working as a freelance artist.
Sara's painting style is a further development of figurative art with emphasis through a kind of deformative and reductive language of form. In dialogue with the intrinsic value of color, the expressive power of line and styles as well as the play with foreground and background become mediators of socio-philosophical questions. www.sara-assadi.com
Tiba (Mohsen Tighbakhsh)
Tiba was born in 1968 in Teheran. In order to secure his livelihood despite the turbulent years in Iran during his young jears and to still be close to art, he learned the restoration of antique carpets and textiles. In 1993, he left Iran to realize his visions as an artist. In addition to his talent for drawing and the urge for artistic creations, Tiba was fascinated to master tattooing from an early age on - the artful shaping of the human skin and the body. Since 1996 in Germany, he pursued this dream through self-taught learning. In 2006, the German-Iranian opened his own tattoo studio in Berlin and now counts some celebrities among his clients. The professional success as a tattoo artist made it possible to set up his own atelier. This was the initial ignition for the comprehensive artistic exploration of painting in connection with Kilims (carpets) as well as the development of new ideas in the object sector.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1947, Yossi Gutmann studied with Odeon Partos, Noam Sheriff and William Primrose. Thanks to the support of Yehudi Menuhin, he came to Europe as a 16-year-old. He was a student of Nadia Boulanger, Tibor Varga and Sergiu Celibidache. As principal solo violist, he worked for the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (today Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, DSO) and at Bayreuth Festivals. He is Professor Emeritus in Music, Haydn Conservatory, Eisenstadt, Austria. In addition, Yossi Gutmann participated in several famous chamber music groups such as the Amati Ensemble. He was one of the co-founders of the Melos Quartet and founded himself i.a. the Stradivari sextet Habisreutinger and The Gutmann/Maile Ensemble Berlin. Fascinated by new music and experimental avant-garde circles, Yossi Gutmann worked with Péter Eötvös, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Steve Lacy. He composed several pieces for the important Hungarian / New York avant-garde SQUAT Theater. Renowned composers have written for him, Yehuda Yannay dedicated to him the viola solo "Exquisite for Viola" 2013. Yossi Gutmann lives since 2013 as a freelance artist in Berlin.