Herzlich willkommen bei Jesscia Kuhn, Cellistin
Herzlich willkommen bei Jesscia Kuhn, Cellistin

cello | Jessica Kuhn

     "…she played with a depth that seemed detached from the world…

…and still with a liveliness that gave the piece (Cello Suite in G-major by J. S. Bach) so many new facets you could believe you were hearing it for the first time ..."
That is what a newspaper in Hanover, Germany had to say about cellist Jessica Kuhn when she was 20 years old. By then, as a soloist with various orchestras, she had already performed the great cello concertos by Elgar, Dvorak, Saint-Saens and Haydn, as well as Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme.  Concert  tours took her to some of the world's most famous concert halls like the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Oetkerhalle in Bielefeld, Germany, and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, and to the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival as well as the International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival of Palos Verde near Los Angeles, California.


Even as a teenager, Jessica Kuhn had already decided not to pursue a regular orchestral career, but to seek her own self-determined paths as a cellist. While studying in Germany and the USA, she was trained, among others, by Wolfgang Mehlhorn, Zara Nelsova and Eldar Issakadze. During her masterclasses, she worked with Frans Helmerson, Daniel Shafran and with members of the La Salle-, Amadeus- and Guarneri Quartets.
She absolved her Konzertexamen, postgraduate studies in performance, with Natalia Gutman in Stuttgart. 
Chamber music
During her postgraduate studies, she played in a duo with pianist Wolfram Rieger, now a well-known accompanist, and the Georgian Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Liana Issakadze. While on tour with them, she played in Amsterdam at the famous Concertgebouw. 
New Music and Tango
After completing these intensive studies, Jessica Kuhn consciously withdrew from the classical music business for four years to devote herself to unknown works of contemporary music and the music of Tango. During that time, she performed in a duo with Uruguyan composer H. Ulises Passarella (soloist in the film music for "Il Postino", which won an Oscar for best music in 1996), she launched and led Munich's first tango interpretation course from 2001-2004, and she founded the string quintet "Tango Infinito" in 2001. She also produced a CD (Antes) and performed concerts in Germany and Italy. 
From the baroque music to the contemporary music
Jessica Kuhn returned to the classical music scene with her 2005 CD recording (Thorofon), which was enthusiastically received by the press and the public alike. She was the second person ever to create a complete recording of "Trilogia" a work for solo cello by Giacinto Scelsi and the first to record the solo piece "Ask Havasi" by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh. In the meantime, Jessica Kuhn has made a name for herself through her discovery and performance of unknown works from the Renaissance to the contemporary. A leading German newspaper, the Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote an article about her titled "The Music Discoverer". 
She has played more than 50 premieres in different ensembles, as a chamber musician and as a soloist. She has recorded numerous broadcasts for German radio stations BR, WDR and ORF, and television as well as many CD recordings. 
She worked together with conductors like Peter Eötvös, Peter Rundel and Enno Poppe, and with the composers Harrison Birtwistle and Helmut Lachenmann,  to name a few.
Her chamber music partners include the violinists Sophia Jaffé and Ingolf Turban, violist Roland Glassl, pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits, percussionist Michael Metzler, viol player Arno Jochem and theorbist Michael Freimuth. Jessica Kuhn has also enjoyed a long-standing artistic collaboration with the composer Rudi Spring. 
Since 2008 she has been the Principal Cellist of the Bayerische Kammerorchester (Bavarian Chamber Orchestra) and a member of the soloist ensemble "Ensemble Plus" of Bregenz, Austria. 
Since 2015 she also is a member of the “New ensemble” of Hannover and the “Klangforum” of Heidelberg, which are both specialised in new music. 
Her European concert schedule takes her to famous halls and international festivals, including the Barbican Centre, London, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Philharmonia of Cologne and Berlin, the Musikfest Berlin, the Agora Festival Paris, Festival op. 52, and Nizhny Novgorod. She works with conductors Peter Eötvös, Peter Rundel and Enno Poppe, and with the composers Harrison Birtwistle and Helmut Lachenmann, to name a few. 
Baroque cello
In 2013, Jessica Kuhn acquired an original Baroque cello built in 1762 by Thomas Smith of London, and has since expanded her musical spectrum to include Renaissance- and Baroque music played on original instruments. Since then, she has often designed programs in which she alternately plays both Celli. Time and again, these programs feature 20th-and 21st-century works for the Baroque cello, such as the first solo suite by Benjamin Britten. 
Concert series sonorizzonte and ensemble sonorizzonte
In 2013, she founded the Munich concert series "Sonorizzonte" in which she presents her wide-ranging repertoire of musical discoveries from the Renaissance to the 21st century. 
ensemble sonorizzonte
In 2017 she created the “ensemble sonorizzonte” -  an ensemble presented in varying formations. There belong to the violinist and violist Elisabeth Kufferath, the pianist and composer Moritz Eggert and the bass viol player Arno Jochem de La Rosée.
ensemble sonorizzonte focuses on the music of the 20th and 21st century as well as on  the baroque music and commissioned already four compositions.
The concert introductions, which Jessica Kuhn also presents in English, Italian and Spanish, have also met with very positive response. 
In 2018 Jessica Kuhn toured to New York and through Canada together with the “Klangforum Heidelberg”. In 2019 there will be performances at the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Ludwigsburger Festspiele together with the “Klangforum Heidelberg”, as well as a CD Recording of works of the Greek composer Nicolas Tzortzis together with the “New ensemble” Hannover. 
Origin and pathbreaking
Jessica Kuhn was born in Dusseldorf, Germany. Her mother, a freelance singer, and her grandfather, deputy Concertmaster of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Rafael Kubelik and Eugen Jochum, inspired her to pursue her musical education. Encounters with Jacqueline du Pré, with whom Ms. Kuhn had contact as a teenager, and with Giora Feidman, whom she met at the masterclass "Everybody is a singer!" in Lübeck, Germany, provided further important inspiration. 
Jessica Kuhn plays a cello of Joseph Gaffino, Paris 1752 and a baroque cello from Thomas Smith, London 1762.
She is living at Munich and at the island Frauenchiemsee.
February 2019

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Solosonate am 24.11.2018
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Live recording from November 24, 2018
concert series sonorizzonte
Munich, Sophiensaal
B. A. Zimmermann sonata for cello solo
in alternation with
J. S. Bach
Sarabande e flat major / d minor
Jessica Kuhn - cello
Fazit Amerikatournee
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Klangforum Heidelberg in America and Canada 2018
Barbara Ostertag and Jessica Kuhn
Klangforum Heidelberg
(Ensemble Aisthesis and Schola Heidelberg)
Walter Nußbaum
With Jessica Kuhn - cello, Ralf Krause - cello,
Eckard Windrich - violin, Kirstin Maria Pientka - viola,
Luciano Lodi - baritone, Juliane Dennert - soprano,
Barbara Ostertag - alt
more information on www.klangforum-heidelberg.de
Video Ask havasi
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Franghiz Ali- Zadeh "Ask havasi" (first recording) und Giacinto Scelsi "Trilogia" for cello solo
Jessica Kuhn - cello
Video Ask havasi
Video Ask havasi
Recording: Bernhard Hanke
A production commissioned by the COOPERATIVA NEUE MUSIK e.V., Bielefeld
Leutkirch, 2005 May 22nd to 25th
Jessica Kuhn performing with the ensemble plus modern chamber music works
ensemble Plus Titel
ensemble Plus Programm
Recording by ORF Vorarlberg
Liza Lim "Tongue of the Invisible"
Uri Caine - piano
Omar Ebrahim - baritone
Ensemble musikFabrik
Leitung: André de Ridder
Liza Lim-Ensemble musikFabrik
Liza Lim-Ensemble musikFabrik
Dijana Bošković "Encounters"
Chamber music
amongst others duo for violin and cello
Ana Lebedinski - violin
Jessica Kuhn - cello
Boskovic Cover
Boskovic Programm
CD-recording and audio
Tango Air
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The cd is available at Jessica Kuhn.
Tango Air
Luis Borda - guitar
Jessica Kuhn - cello
Munich, 2014
Tango Infinito
Jessica Kuhn - cello
Anna Stümke, Ferenc Kölcze - violin
Clarissa Miller - viola
Thomas Herbst - double bass
Acho Manzi
Jessica Kuhn
Tango Infinito
Tango Infinito

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“ Her performance was virtuoso … also with regards to the extremely expressive interpretation which received enthusiastic applause between movements.”
“ … the young artist held the audience spellbound with her intensive intonation and impressively mature interpretation; the exceptionally soft and warm sound of the instrument was captivating.”
(Neue Westfälische)
“… her wonderfully animated and inspired phrasing made the main movement (Dvorak, Celloconcerto) an exquisite listening experience …”
(Neckar Zeitung)
“… and as she has outstanding technique she was able to give an overwhelming performance of the J. Haydn`s Celloconcerto in C- major … a mature joung musician with enormous stage presence – a rarely encountered quality …”
“ … she played with a depth that seemed detached from the world and still with a liveliness that gave the piece (G- major Suite, J. S. Bach) so many new facets you could believe you were hearing it for the first time …”
(Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung)
“ … she brought out the loveliness in the composer`s quieter passages with convincing artistry and grace … classic music will not want for artists with such talent emerging worldwide.”
(Los Angeles -/ Peninsula News)


All musical periods, but with particular specialization in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the music of tango.
Target groups:
Children ages 4 and older, young adults and advanced adult musicians
Coaching for amateur ensembles such as string quartets, string quintets, piano chamber music, etc.
Preparation for admission auditions for advanced musical study programs
Classes take place in:
Munich – in the “Au” area, near the Rosenheimer Platz S-Bahn station

Teaching background:
Private cello instruction in Munich since 1998
Instructor at the International Academy of Music
Courses for cello and chamber music, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy, 2005
Instructor of various chamber music courses for string quartet / -quintet and piano chamber music for professional and amateur musicians (in Costa Grande / Verona and Ahlhorn / Oldenburg, among others) since 2006
Teacher at the Musikschule Pullach im Isartal in Pullach near Munich, since 2008
Master courses:
Master course under Frans Helmerson, Lübeck, 1988
Course in chamber music with the La Salle Quartet, in Styria, Austria, 1991
Course in chamber music with the Amadeus Quartet, university of music in Hamburg, Germany, 1991
Chamber-music instruction with the Guarneri Quartet, New Jersey, USA, 1995
Master classes with Daniel Shafran, Pieštany, Slowakei, 1995
New Music:
CD: Grindenbuch - Bannwald by Achim C. Bornhoeft (*1966) for cellos, pianos and nature sounds (Performed by: J. Kuhn, cello, A. Bornhoeft, piano) SWR, EU-funded project, July, 2004
CD: Trilogy, The Three Ages of Man by Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988) and Ask Havasi by Frangis Ali-Sade (*1947) THOROFON, BELLA MUSICA, May, 2005
In cooperation with the composer and pianist Rudi Spring since 2005, I have played several premiere performances of his works, including "In the Lion's Den" (2006) for solo cello and "Tryptichon" (2012 in Munich) for piano trio.
Member of Ensemble Plus, Bregenz, Austria, since 2009
Since 2009 I have been working at the musikFabrik in Cologne, Germany on a stand-in basis
Tango Strings:
Founded and directed the first tango interpretation course
Content: musical elements and special techniques for playing tango
Freies Musikzentrum (Free Music Center) in Munich, 2001 - 2005
CD recording of Uruguayan and Argentinian concert tangos with recitations of tango poetry
(narrator: Acho Manzi, Buenos Aires, Argentina) with Tango Infinito
ANTES, BELLA MUSICA, December 2004
Internship with the Orquesta escuela de tango, Directed by Emilio Balcarce and Nestor Marconi
Buenos Aires, 2006 and 2007
Instructor for tango chamber music at the first Cello Festival on Spiekeroog Island, Germany
Content: Introduction to the origins and the history of the tango, demonstration and elaboration of its basic musical elements and the resulting special playing techniques;
elaboration of traditional and modern tangos followed by a final concert
Spiekeroog Island, Germany, 2011