Cellos among themselves

in cooperation with iam (Internationaler Arbeitskreis für Musik e.V.)

Cello ensemble/cello orchestra: This weekend, cellists will also play the "first violin" for a change.

What would movies be without film music? This year, famous film scores are on our program. Often the music of a film has become more famous than the film itself, but often the filmmakers have also used classical music to make unforgettable scenes cult. Images from "Pink Panther", "Blues Brothers", "James Bond" or "Titanic" will flash before our inner eye. But also melodies by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bizet and many others are inseparably connected with masterpieces of cinematic art. With cello and bow only we want to dive into the fantasy worlds.

The sheet music will be sent to the participants in time before the beginning of the course and should be well prepared. The choice of voices will be based on the level of proficiency indicated on the registration form.


We ask participants to indicate how long they have been playing the cello, their orchestral experience and the pieces and etudes they are currently studying. Furthermore, we ask you to assign yourself to one of the following three performance groups:

- Group 1: Mastery up to 4th position incl. wide positions
- Group 2: Mastery of all positions and beginnings in the thumb position.
- Group 3: Mastery of all positions and secure thumb position

Target group: Advanced cellists. The course is aimed equally at children, young people and adults.


Teaching team:

Claudia Stillmark has been playing the cello since the age of seven. In 1986 she began her studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Weimar with Johannes Bätzel, Prof. Brunhard Böhme and Prof. Marie-Luise Ewald, graduating in 1992 with an artistic diploma and a chamber music concert exam. This was followed by postgraduate solo studies until 1993.
Claudia Stillmark is a freelance cellist and music teacher and lives in Gera/Thuringia. She specializes in the interpretation of church music repertoire.
Engagements have taken her to the Philharmonic Orchestra Gera and the Staatskapelle Weimar, she works in various chamber orchestras, the Philharmonic Orchestra Merck and as solo cellist of the Chamber Opera Frankfurt and the Rhein-Main Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. There she took part in concert tours to India, Portugal, France, Italy, Brazil and Mexico.
Claudia Stillmark plays with great commitment in chamber music ensembles, for example in the Stillmark Quartet, which has been in existence since 1992 and performs regularly. Concerts have taken her to Poland, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary and the USA.
As a violoncello teacher she was and is active at the music schools of Greiz, Gera and Limburg, the Society of Friends of Music Bad Soden, and since 2009 lecturer at the Collegium musicum of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Isabel Müller-Hornbach began her cello lessons at the age of 6. After graduating from the Landesmusikgymnasium Montabaur, she studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, location Wuppertal Bachelor of Music with the profile Orchestra and Bachelor of Music with the profiles Instrumental Pedagogy and Elementary Music Pedagogy with the main subject Violoncello with Prof. Susanne Müller-Hornbach.
She is currently studying Historical Interpretation Practice at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, majoring in Baroque Cello and Viola da gamba with Prof. Kristin von der Goltz and Heidi Gröger.
Isabel Müller-Hornbach teaches as a cello teacher at the Kreismusikschule Limburg and the Musikschule Bad Vilbel.
She plays baroque cello and viola da gamba in various baroque ensembles, including the baroque orchestra Concerto con Anima and the baroque ensemble Il Quadro Animato. With the latter she won first prizes at the early music competition Selifa 2015 in San Ginesio (IT) and the early music competition in Neuburg/Donau 2016.

Kilian Balzer, born in Berlin, studied violoncello in Germany, Italy and Switzerland and graduated with an artistic diploma.
He is a lecturer for violoncello at the Peter Cornelius Conservatory in Mainz and is the founder and director of the Glob'Arte Ensemble and the associated Glob'Arte String School. Founded in 1996, the Glob'Arte Ensemble is a musicians' association consisting of excellent musicians of various nationalities.
The Glob'Arte Ensemble has performed at renowned festivals and concert series in Germany, Switzerland (Con Fuoco Festival, Rheinberger Festival), Poland, Scandinavia and Italy, and has given concerts in important concert halls (including the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Staatstheater in Wiesbaden). The musicians' association organized its own "Glob'Arte Festivals" in Krakow and Tarnow.


Notes on registration: To register visit the iam website https://www.iam-ev.de/kursangebot.html