Danae Dörken


Photo by: Martin Teschner

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, at age 26, 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. Following her studies with the internationally venerated teacher Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and with Lars Vogt, she is today a regular guest of major orchestras including the Munich Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestras. Ms Dörken has performed to great critical acclaim at London‘s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, and KKL Lucerne, 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, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the renowned ‘Spannungen’ festival in Heimbach.

Highlights of the 2018/2019 season were Danae Dörkens’s debuts with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Norrlandsoperan Symphony, and the Antalya Symphony Orchestra. She also performed with the Munich Symphony Orchestra and with the Residenz Orchester Mark Brandenburg. Furthermore, she gave her recital debuts at the Rheingau Musik Festival, at Staatstheater Darmstadt, and the Museum Villa Rot. Chamber Music engagements lead her to Dresden where she performed with violinist Ben Beilman. Together with her sister Kiveli, also a pianist, Danae Dörken will embark on a major duo tour through the south of Sweden. She will also continue her collaboration with cellist Benedict Kloeckner and perform with him in Germany and the UK.

During the 2017/18 season, Danae Dörken celebrated her solo debuts at Tonhalle Zurich, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels (Bozar), at the famous Festival Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, and the PianoEspoo Festival in Finland. She returned to the Vienna Konzerthaus, to Bolzano and the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, and appeared at the International Music Festival Koblenz. Her North American appearances included a debut with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Being a passionate chamber musician, Ms. Dörken has performed together with leading artists such as Lars Vogt, Gustav Rivinius, Sharon Kam, Artur Pizarro, Christiane Oelze, Carolin Widmann, 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 production, Danae also played recently discovered chamber music masterworks together with oboist Philippe Tondre.

Danae Dörken’s groundbreaking recording of the Piano Concerto No. 21 by Mozart and of the rarely performed Piano Concerto No. 2 by Mendelssohn (with Royal Northern Sinfonia) was released in 2016, to raving critical acclaim. Previously, her solo recording of fantasies by Schumann, Schubert und C.P.E. Bach (on ARS Produktion) was nominated for on ICMA Award. Her 2012 debut CD, featuring solo works by Leoš Janáček (also on ARS Produktion), received equally enthusiastic reviews.

Of Greek descent, Danae Dörken founded the Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) in 2015 together with her sister on the island of Lesbos. Amidst the dramas of the European refugee crisis and the European financial crisis, her festival has become a major contribution to strengthening the connections with classical music in Greece. The festival today has all-year benefit events running also throughout Germany, featuring many of the MIMF artists including Marlis Petersen, Sebastian Manz, Maximilian Hornung, Philippe Tondre, Linus Roth, and Lars Vogt. Danae Dörken‘s service to classical music and the Greek island of Lesbos has been repeatedly covered by major media outlets including German, Austrian, and Swiss national television programs ttt and 3sat kulturzeit, on WDR television and in countless newspaper articles, radio features, and other reports.