Volker Ahmels engl.

Volker Ahmels

...received his training as a pianist at the LĂĽbeck Music University under the direction of Hartmut Leistritz. After completing his studies, Volker attended international interpretation courses where he developed his special interests in contemporary music.

A meeting in Avignon in 1990 with the composer Luigi Nono inspired the creation of the musical and literary concert project "Fluchtpunkt Venedig” (“Vanishing Point Venice”) Together with the actor Christoph Bantzer, the project led both of them to participate in many concerts and festivals, including several performances at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

Volker’s international debut was also dedicated to the performance of the piano opus   ...sofferte onde serene...   by Luigi Nono, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Additionally, Volker performs frequently at concerts in Germany and other European countries as well as the USA as a soloist, chamber musician and as part of a piano duo

Remembrances of Theresienstadt and its artists are a special focus of his work as a pianist and pedagogue: Together with Israeli and Czech partners he was able to develop the "History, Music & Remembrance" international master courses, which were held in Israel, Schwerin and Prague. Additionally, he regularly organizes and implements the international competition "Verfemte Musik" (“Ostracized Music”) in Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern).

Volker Ahmels is also the Director of the Schwerin Music Conservatorium. Since 2008 he is serving as Project Leader of the Center for Ostracized Music at the Rostock University for Music and Theater.