Called “the discovery of the year” by classical music magazine crescendo and “on her way to the very top” by concerti magazine, German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken is among the elite of internationally acclaimed artists of a new generation, electrifying audiences and peer musicians alike with her stunning technical skills, exceptional charisma and great profundity of her musical thinking.
A uniquely gifted talent at very young age, Danae received the support of Lord Yehudi Menuhin when she was seven, and soon began to cause a stir at major European venues with her ‚sparkling joy of playing’ (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger). Following her studies with the internationally venerated teacher Karl-Heinz Kämmerling und with Lars Vogt, she is today a regular guest of major orchestras including the Munich Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Norrlandsoperan Symphony and Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra. Ms Dörken has performed to great critical acclaim at London‘s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, and KKL Lucerne, Tonhalle Zurich, Beaux-Arts Brussels, at the Cologne Philharmonie, Philharmonie Essen, at Gasteig in Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Tonhalle Dusseldorf, Frankfurt Alte Oper, and Beethoven-Haus Bonn. Danae Dörken also performs regularly at major festivals including Kissinger Sommer, Schwetzingen festival, LuganoMusica, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the renowned ‘Spannungen’ festival in Heimbach.
Highlights of the 2020/2021 season are Danae Dörken’s concerts with the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, her recital debuts in the Cesis Concert Hall in Latvia, as well as re-invitations to the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Dresden Music Festival and the Schumannfest Düsseldorf. Together with her sister, Kiveli, she will be playing the premiere of Faidros Kavallaris’ works for 2 pianos in Cyprus.
Being a passionate chamber musician, she has performed together with leading artists such as Lars Vogt, Gustav Rivinius, Sharon Kam, Artur Pizarro, Christiane Oelze, Carolin Widmann, Benjamin Beilman, Benedict Klöckner and Katia & Marielle Labèque. Together with her sister Kiveli, Danae Dörken regularly presents outstanding four-hand piano repertoire. In an SWR Stuttgart Radio co-production, Danae is recording three new albums together with oboist Philippe Tondre for Klarthe Paris.