Cordula Hacke (Chair), Germany

Since completing her studies at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, the University of Toronto and the Folkwanghochschule Essen, pianist Cordula Hacke has developed a thriving career in both Europe and North America with an emphasis on the instrumental and vocal chamber repertoire.

Her chamber music partners include principal wind and string players from some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Symphony Orchestras (Berlin, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Cologne and Stuttgart), the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Her extensive discography ranges from the works of contemporary Japanese and women composers to those of artists such as Pavel Haas, Leo Smit, and Paul Hindemith.

Having worked closely with American composer George Crumb for many years, Cordula Hacke has been invited to perform his works in prestigious festivals in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Canada and the USA. Her recording of Crumb’sVox Balaenae was released by Arte Nova-BMG Classics.

Since 1996, she has collaborated with Jeanne Baxtresser, former principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic, in presenting acclaimed masterclasses in centres such as Frankfurt, Oxford, Toronto, New York, Pittsburgh and Amsterdam. She taught annually at the Salzburg Summer Academy and has served as an official accompanist for the ARD International Music Competition (Munich), the Deutsche Musikrat Competition (Berlin), the Aeolus Competition and the Nicolet Competition (China).

Ms. Hacke was a member of the teaching faculty at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf (2000-2013) and serves as a member of several juries of international competitions (for example president of the jury at the Internationale Kuhlau Wettbewerb, Uelzen).

Acclaimed for her work as musical director in theatrical productions (My Fair Lady at Frankfurt’s Komödie, Acht Frauen at both Munich’s Komödie im Bayerischen Hof and Frankfurt’s Fritz Rémond Theater), she has been invited back to undertake the musical direction of Irma la Douce, Kleiner Mann, was nun? and a new production of La Cage aux Folles and Fisch zu viert (2012/2013). Presently in the season 2015 she works for the Burgfestspiele Bad Vilbel as Musikalische Abendspielleiterin.